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8 Restaurants in South Orange County Serving Healthy Eats

Turns Out, You Can Still Dine Out and Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions!

With the era of large, lavish holiday feasts in the rear-view, many of us are looking forward to hanging up our aprons and getting back to eating healthy in 2022. But as many know, eating healthy while still enjoying a meal out on the town can often seem impossible. Fear not, for South Orange County is full of health-conscious places to grab a bite. Read on to see our picks for the eight best healthy-restaurant options in South OC, even when you’re out and about with friends and family. Healthy Restaurants Near Me


Trevor’s at the Tracks

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Whether you’re out to dinner with family or having a date night, Trevor’s at the Tracks will keep your health kick on the right track. Their robust menu features standout vegan and gluten-free items, along with fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and meat and fish dishes. Our go-to healthy dishes here include the Kung Pao Tempeh Bowl, the Surfliner, Hearty Kale and Vegetable Soup and the Southwest Steak Cobb Salad. Utilizing locally-sourced ingredients and located literally trackside in San Juan, there’s no thinking twice about dining at Trevor’s at the Tracks any night of the week.

Location: San Juan Capistrano

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Kitchen in the Canyon

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Located in the heart of scenic Laguna Canyon, Kitchen in the Canyon has quickly risen to the top of Laguna Beach’s culinary scene. With an expanding menu featuring all the breakfast classics—including French toasts and omelets—as well as fresh, seasonal salads and smoothies, the only thing that rivals their food is the surrounding scenery. Our advice? Take a stab at their fan-favorite chopped chicken salad.

Location: Laguna Beach



Zinc Cafe

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Since its opening in 1988, Zinc Cafe has been a culinary staple in the Laguna Beach community, attracting visitors and locals each and every day while always remaining true to their mission to provide “a retreat for employees and customers.” Zinc specializes in serving food that is both comforting and nurturing, offering healthy twists on breakfast classics while allowing health-conscious customers to still enjoy their favorite cafe confections.

Locations: Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar

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Active Culture

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The bowl capital of SoCal, Active Culture’s fresh, seasonal lineup of rice bowls, acai and fresh fruit smoothies are perfect for those seeking a quaint, vibrant lunch destination that won’t break your New Year’s resolutions. Their ever-popular acai bowls feature all-organic Sambazon acai and are topped with all the fixins one could want, making it the ideal spot for a healthy afternoon delight.

Locations: Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Long Beach (coming soon)

Cafe Hermosa


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For those seeking a tasty breakfast that is both healthy and hearty, Cafe Hermosa is the place for you. With a savory selection of bowls, burritos and avocado toasts that are just as delicious as they are beautiful, Cafe Hermosa has quickly become a favorite in South OC, and it’s easy to see why. Try their salmon avocado toast (for only $10!) made with multigrain artisan toast, avocado spread, red onion, arugula, capers, thinly sliced smoked salmon, cracked pepper, sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic.

Location: San Clemente

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Chart House

The Chart House boasts both one of the best menus as well as one of the best patio views in all of Orange County. Located atop the gorgeous, towering albino bluffs of Dana Point, the Chart House caters to any and every craving. With a large selection of fresh, light seafood entrees and appetizers—including their acclaimed seared ahi tuna—the Chart House has options to help those looking to maintain their nutrition goals for the new year while still enjoying a classy, gourmet meal.

Location: Dana Point


Vibe Organic Kitchen

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Since opening their doors in 2017, Vibe Organic Kitchen has been committed to providing food that is not only delicious but impressively health-conscious. Their menu is entirely organic, vegan and allergy-friendly, as all of their items are gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, making this one of the purest, most forward-thinking spots on our list—and certainly one of the most innovative as well.

Locations: Various

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Veggo’s Green Cuisine

For those seeking out new, enlightening vegan eats or simply wanting to expand their palate, Veggo’s is the place for you. With an all-organic, entirely vegan menu featuring fresh, genre-bending favorites like their Heavenly Hummus sandwich or their ever-popular veggie lo mein, Veggo’s has been pushing the boundaries and challenging customers’ conceptions of what vegan food can look and taste like since its inception.

Location: Lake Forest

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