Looking for some grub you can feel great about giving them? Thankfully Atlanta has a fresh crop of new restaurants that offer healthy fare with the small set in mind. Here’s the dish on some spots that serve up feel-good food and fun.
True Food Kitchen
“Honest food that tastes good,” sums up the mantra for this new, smart eats spot at Lenox. Vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten-free? They have you covered. They are magicians at making healthy food look appetizing to your wee ones. There are veggie sticks with hummus for dipping to start, or an almond butter, strawberry and banana sandwich. For picky peanuts, there’s an organic tomato and cheese pizza. If kale, quinoa, tempeh and spaghetti squash isn’t your thing, order up the tacos or lasagna and even you won’t suspect that this is healthy fare.
Details: 3393 Peachtree Rd., Ste 3058B, 404-481-2980, truefoodkitchen.com
This second new location for Souper Jenny is situated on the beautiful historic Decatur Square near the old Courthouse. Order your food cafeteria style, and snag a spot on the patio. Quick and scenic? Yes, please! Expect hot and cold soups, main staples such as “My Dad’s Turkey Chili” or a seasonal favorites like their summer corn chowder. While soup de jour is the main course, you can also order sandwiches and salads. Weight watchers points are available, along with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The menu changes daily, so it’s always a “souprise.”
Details: 1 West Court Square, Decatur, 404-378-1500, souperjennyatl.com
Ration and Dram
Edgewood’s new, neighborhood restaurant hits the spot for a fam-friendly date night. There are three different patios, with loads of television screens to watch the big game, and the menu covers all the bases for vegetarians and carnivores. They focus on local food, and are very invested in getting food from local farmer’s markets and using hormone-free meats. If you can’t get your little ones to try the sautéed Swiss chard or broccoli and cauliflower fondue, maybe they’ll like the summer vegetable hash with a side of mac-and-cheese.
Details: 130 Arizona Ave., 678-974-8380, rationanddram.com
Brookhaven’s new burger and brew restaurant doesn’t necessarily sound healthy or kid-friendly, but is actually both (and even the family pup is welcome). How much fun will your little ones have dining out with the family dog? Order up one of their hearty salads, such as the “Just East of Cobb” Salad or Piedmont Salad. You’ll find a chicken breast among the kids menu, along with other toddler mainstays. Custom craft your black bean, turkey or chicken burger—or opt for the Greek, Taco or Russian burger. Don’t forget a side of sweet potato fries!
Details: 305 Brookhaven Ave., Ste 1250, 678-705-1713, luckysburgerandbrew.com
The Pig and the Pearl
Surf and turf gets a southern twist at this new Atlantic Station spot. It is gluten-free friendly, although vegetarians will have to get more creative with their ordering. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, as the chef is happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions. There are a lot of indulgences, but you can find healthier alternatives with the heirloom tomato salad, local carrots, kale salad, lettuce wraps or roasted beets. The carnivores will have their choice of nearly every meat cooked in every which way, including an extensive raw bar. You can also order a family meal, which will feed four to six, but 48 hour notice is required.
Details: 1380 Atlantic Ave. NW, Suite 14180, 404-541-0930, thepigandthepearl.com
Do we miss a spot? Where do you like to go out for a healthy family meal? Let us know in the comments section below!