Nashville’s Top 5 Healthy and Organic Restaurants

Times have changed… even in the Music City. You might think that Nashville only offers Southern staples like biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and barbecue, but you’d be wrong. If you know where to look, you can find a growing number of restaurants that offer plenty of healthy, good-for-you menu options.

We know how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, especially when you’re challenged with health conditions (like cancer that our founder, James Templeton, experienced -- read more about his journey HERE). It’s why the Templeton Restaurant Guide was developed.

Our dedicated team has vetted the healthiest restaurants all across America according to our strict standards of ingredient, preparation, and environmental guidelines. Enjoy a guilt-free dining experience in a restaurant that works hard to provide healthy, organic, fresh and fabulous food!

Here are our Top 5 picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee:


3 City Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

With a name short for “avocado,” you can easily see that you’re in the right place for organic, locally sourced ingredients in their inspiring menu options. They are 100% plant-based, kosher certified, too!

​Enjoy a Cali Burger (lentil-walnut patty, coconut queso, coleslaw, onion, jalapeno, guacamole, sweet potato bun), Raw Pad Thai (zucchini and kelp noodles, shredded carrot and cabbage, Thai peanut sauce, sesame, coconut flakes), or go for the Southern Trio (braised collards, cheesy grits, black-eyed peas, and cornbread croutons).

Finish it off with Cashew Cheesecake, CBD Walnut Fudge Brownie, or a delicious Chocolate Avocado Tart!

Sunflower Café

2834 Azalea Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37204

The Sunflower Café is known for its gourmet veggie burgers and vegan barbecue. In addition, they offer a wide selection of soy-free and gluten-free options.

In addition to a wide selection of vegan burgers, bowls, salads, and wraps, Daily Specials include gluten-free BBQ Tacos, Lasagna, Mock “Crab” Cakes, and Thai Ginger Tofu. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday (3-6 pm) and in addition to $2 beers and $2.75 Booch, you can partake of $5 appetizers like a Hummus Plate, Greek Plate, The Double Dip (vegan queso, black bean corn salsa, and organic corn chips), Black Bean Nachos (vegan queso, black bean corn salsa, jalapenos, organic corn ships), BBQ, Buffalo, Southwest or Spinach & Mushroom Quesadilla (garlic mushrooms, caramelized, onion, baby spinach, vegan smoked Gouda, siracha aioli dip). Hola!

True Foods Kitchen

3996 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37215

You can’t go wrong when you design a menu based on science with dishes specifically created to increase longevity. Factor in the idea of the anti-inflammatory food pyramid, brainchild of founder Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned integrative physician, and you have a winner.

In addition to Salads, Bowls, Sandwiches, Burgers and Pizzas, entrees include Grilled Chicken Parmesan (roasted spring vegetables, organic DiNapoli tomato sauce, mozzarella, herbs), Grilled Sustainable Salmon (farro, quinoa, zucchini, asparagus, organic tomato, snap pea, lemon oregano vinaigrette, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto), Poke Bowl (wild albacore tuna, brown rice, quinoa, avocado, pickled jicama, snap peas, pickled shitake, lemongrass ponzu, and sesame seed), and gluten-free Lasagna Bolognese (fennel chicken sausage, mushroom, organic spinach, ricotta, herbs).

Herban Market

3078 Maddux Way
Franklin, Tennessee 37069

Featuring all organic, made-from-scratch breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Their motto is that is they wouldn’t serve it to their family, they wouldn’t serve it to YOU! Everything on their menu is organic, locally sourced, made from scratch, with no preservatives, MSG, artificial sweeteners or dyes. Their meat is 100% grassfed, and they serve only wild-caught seafood. No soy or canola oils are used.

Popular lunch entrees include Hot Chicken & Goats (their version of Nashville hot chicken with partially fried chicken, house-made white bread, pickles, collard greens, and mac & pimento goat cheese), Pumpkin Pasta (fresh pasta with savory sage pumpkin cream sauce, mushrooms, spinach, pepitas, parmesan, HM chipotle olive oil), and The Herban Steakhouse Experience (seared Denver steak with compound butter, maple roasted honey nut squash with candied pepitas and goat cheese, creamed kale, tortilla Española wedge dressed with sour cream, chives, and bacon).

Salads, Wraps, Pizzas and a well-rounded Kids Menu are also available!

E+ Rose Wellness Café

700 Old Hickory Boulevard
Brentwood, Tennessee 3702

Founded by a registered dietitian, each ingredient in their carefully designed menu was developed with your health in mind and an emphasis on nourishing foods that promote longevity.

Enjoy extraordinary Superfood Bowls like the Hanalei (blended açaî, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, almond butter, almond milk, and toppings like macadamia nuts, banana slices, gluten-free granola, puffed brown rice, hemp seeds, almond butter, and local honey drizzle); a Dark Magic Smoothie (cherries, bananas, almond milk, cacao powder, almond butter, vanilla bean, and pea protein); or one of their fabulous Toasts (with bread that is baked fresh from local FireFlour bakery with only organic ingredients, six ancient grains, five different seeds, and a fermentation process which breaks down the natural gluten) and a tasty selection of healthy toppings.

About The Templeton Restaurant Guide

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List and restaurant guide is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, James’ interactive Restaurant Guide has been developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

You can read about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. For more information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit You’ll find inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with video interviews with top experts from around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they bring the latest leading-edge health and healing information to the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.

There’s no need to sacrifice your health… even when dining out! Check out The Templeton List today!