Healthy local eats
These independent restaurants are trail-blazers of healthy eating.
Los Angeles: M Café
7119 Melrose Ave.
Remember your macrobiotic friends who eschewed refined sugar, eggs, and dairy, and their noble (but bland) dinner parties? Meet your new BFF: This café makes macrobiotic cuisine incredibly tasty fare.
Berkeley, California: Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Ave.
A longtime leader in the movement to showcase organic ingredients, cooked in simple, healthy, and delicious ways, Alice Waters's Chez Panisse offers a daily prix-fixe menu that includes vegetables fresh from the garden, fruit right off the branch, and fish straight from the sea.
New York City: Blue Hill
75 Washington Place
The Greenwich Village setting may whisper "speakeasy," but the menu sings "farm."
Since 2000, this nationally lauded restaurant has been using produce and animals from Stone Barns Center, a four-season farm and educational center 30 miles up the Hudson River.
Chicago: Green Zebra
1460 West Chicago Ave.
Green Zebra makes its vegetarian-oriented menu stand out with chef-owner Shawn McClain's creative, flavorful pairings.
Roasted Squash Salad With Chestnut, Pear, and Parsley? Yum.
Detroit: Inn Season Café
500 E. Fourth St.
In a city where some of the hottest restaurants are cooking up dishes with rich cream sauces, you can thank your lucky stars for the Inn Season Café.
Whole-grain burgers and lasagnas with veggies rule the roost.
1198 Howell Mill Rd.
Talk about farm fresh: Husband-and-wife team and co-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison supply much of the restaurant's organic offerings from their own farm.