The Top 5 (Healthy and Organic) Restaurants in Austin

There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Texas, and believe it or not, some of the best bites are from world-class chefs cooking out of food trucks! That’s why you’ll find The Vegan Yacht, a popular Austin food truck, listed among our Top 5 picks as they check our boxes for healthy, organic food.

We know how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, especially when you’re challenged with health conditions (like cancer that our founder experienced). That’s why The Templeton List was developed. Our dedicated team has vetted the healthiest restaurants all across America according to our strict standards of ingredient, preparation, and environmental guidelines.

Don’t sacrifice your health when dining out -- 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 restaurant picks for healthy, organic menu options in Austin, Texas:

The Vegan Yacht

2000 Southern Oaks Drive
Austin, Texas 78745
512-394-5353

Voted best vegan burrito by the Austin Chronicle and best vegan wrap by Vegans Rock, this highly successful and quite popular food truck is making waves! With appearances on The Food Channel, The Cooking Channel's 'The Veg Edge' and the CW's 'Reluctantly Healthy" with Judy Greer. Austin's longest standing, family owned and operated, plant-based business focuses on serving organic, non-GMO food the whole family will love.

For example, choose from the popular Freeto Burrito, made with organic tempeh chili, organic corn chips, avocado and vegan cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla; grilled, gluten-free Freeto Pie made with (organic tempeh chili on top of organic corn chips topped with avocado and vegan cheese); or opt for one of their bowls like the gluten-free Buffalo Bowl (trailer smoked organic buffalo tempeh and sprouted organic basmati rice on a bed of shredded organic red and green cabbage, organic spinach and shredded organic carrot topped with avocado and lemon garlic aioli); and even more healthy suggestions!

The kid’s menu includes gluten-free Mini Freeto Pies, Veggie Dawgs, Chili Mac, and Rice and Beans (organic black beans and sprouted organic basmati rice topped with avocado). Online ordering for pickup is also available.

Fresa’s (with two locations)

Fresa’s Chicken Al Caron

915 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78703
512-428-5077

Fresa’s South First

1703 South 1 Street
Austin, Texas 78704
512-992-2946

Fresa's serves wood-grilled favorites including pasture-raised, locally harvested chickens marinated in achiote and freshly squeezed citrus or Yucatan spice, grilled over post oak and served with housemade tortillas, rice, beans, and fresh salsas. Their menu also includes freshly prepared tortas, salads, sides, homemade ice creams, aguas frescas and more.

Breakfast favorites include Margie Breakfast Taco (steak & eggs, rajas, and charred onions in a flour tortilla) and The Breakfast Boi (scrambled eggs, spinach, bacon, potatoes, black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, queso fresco and Salsa Morenita).

On their Lunch and Dinner menu, you’ll find specials like their famous wood-grilled meals (choose from Achiote & Citrus Chicken, Yucatan Spice Chicken, Chimichurri Skirt Steak, and Aji-Glazed Prawns), served with charro beans, Mexican rice, grilled onion, marinated jalapeno, corn tortillas and a variety of exceptional salsas.

Casa de Luz

1701 Toomey Road
Austin, Texas 78704
512-476-2535

The culture of Casa de Luz is one of family, community, education, and outreach. They offer a selection of spaces for rent to hold classes, workshops, meetings, one-on-one sessions, seminars, consulting, and coaching.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, their menu changes daily, but always includes plant based, organic, wholesome, and gluten-free options.

A sample lunch or dinner menu is the Casa Pozole Soup (with fresh condiments and garbanzo beans); Arugula, Romain and Red Leaf lettuce Salad (tossed in a sunflower and fresh basil dressing); an entrée such as short grain brown rice topped with almond sauce and kidney beans topped with cilantro; and sides like steamed butternut squash and mixed vegetables tossed with corn, tender blanched kale and collard greens topped with walnut, pecan and dill sauce, and pickled red cabbage and beets.

Honest Mary’s

9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin, Texas 78759
512-953-8427

Much like the founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, Honest Mary’s restaurant owners were frustrated by their options when trying to find healthy and delicious meals away from home. They created Honest Mary’s, the perfect alternative to cooking at home that fits a clean lifestyle.

Their menu includes a Build-Your-Own Bowl option (choose from grilled naturally raised chicken, hormone-free steak, hand-line caught Poke, baked organic non-GMO tofu), pick a base (Basmati rice, Black Forbidden rice, tri-colored quinoa, organic spinach, or wild arugula); add toppings such as avocado, pickled onions, fresh jalapenos, Asian slaw, edamame, organic apples, Texas goat cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted pecans, crispy chickpeas, and herb blend). Finish with one of their exceptional sauces (creamy Poblano sauce, cashew lime crema, lemon garlic, or apple cider vinaigrette).

True Food Kitchen

11410 Century Oaks Terrace Ste 100
Austin, Texas 78758
512-992-0685

True Food Kitchen was designed with foodies, wellness seekers, and flavor fanatics in mind, with an emphasis on longevity. Patrons are pleased to know that menu items are based on the anti-inflammatory food pyramid, brainchild of founder Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned integrative physician.

Starters at the True Food Kitchen include Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Charred Cauliflower, and Edamame Dumplings. Entrees include Grilled Chicken Parmesan (served with roasted winter vegetables, organic DiNapoli tomato sauce, mozzarella, herbs); Grilled Sustainable Salmon (served with cauliflower polenta, grilled broccolini, snap pea, edamame, zucchini, pickled red onion, miso, cashew, chili thread); and Lasagna Bolognese (fennel chicken sausage, mushroom, organic spinach, ricotta, herbs). Lighter fare includes pizzas (available with gluten-free crusts), salads and bowls, and sandwiches and burgers.

Desserts include Squash Pie (graham crust, coconut whipped cream, gluten-free Cookies & Ice Cream (chocolate chip cookies served with vanilla ice cream), and gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake (caramel, almond, vanilla ice cream, cacao nib).

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, The Templeton List, a guide to the healthiest restaurants in America, 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, The Templeton List, 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 https://templetonwellness.com/. 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.

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