The Top 5 (Healthy and Organic) Restaurants in Columbia, MO

In the heart of America, Missouri restaurant owners are accustomed to developing alliances with local farmers, ranchers, and dairies. When you know where to look, you’ll find no shortage of healthy, organic restaurants whose owners embrace the concept of healthy eating. It’s a way of life for them.

More and more people are recognizing the importance of a clean, healthy diet – especially when you’re challenged with certain 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 strict standards of ingredient, preparation, and environmental guidelines so that you can 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 restaurants in Columbia, Missouri:

Sycamore Restaurant

800 East Broadway
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Named after a tree, the Sycamore prides themselves on being rooted in community, changing and evolving with each season. They partner with area farmers, ranchers, and dairies in sourcing healthy and organic items.

At the Sycamore, a variety of sandwiches are offered, including: BBQ Pork, (overnight-smoked Patchwork pork shoulder, apple slaw, house BBQ sauce, focaccia), Egg salad (basil pesto, house-made honey wheat), and Grilled Cheese (white cheddar on grilled focaccia). Heart-warming soups include Curried Lentil, and Potato, Bacon & Aged Cheddar.

Entrees include: Short Ribs (Belgian beer braised with caramelized onion and mashed potatoes), Cioppino (tomato-fennel stew, scallops, mussels, Gulf shrimp, grilled baguette), Duck (smoked breast, mushroom-leek farroto, grilled broccolini, red wine gastrique, Parmesan crumble), and a fabulous Midwest Rib Eye (grilled, served with roasted Brussels sprouts and new potatoes, fromage fort, chimichurri, and pickled sweet peppers).

For dessert, choose from their Flourless Chocolate Cake (bourbon cherries, creme anglaise), Lemon Cheesecake (apricot-honey glaze, toasted pistachios), Peanut Chess Pie (chocolate ganache, chili-peanut brittle, whipped cream), or House-made Hazelnut-coffee Ice Cream.

Main Squeeze

28 South 9th
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Breakfast options at this popular organic restaurant include The Egg Pro Bowl (organic quinoa, organic black beans, Hemme Dairy cheddar, fried Share Life Farm egg, avocado, roasted pumpkin seeds, sprouts, salsa); The Egg Benedict Bomb (an open-face toasted English muffin topped with blackberry jalapeno jam, two Share Life Farm over easy eggs, spinach, onion, tomato, tofu bacon, hollandaise); and Avocado Toast (possibly the best invention since sliced bread… toasted Dave's Killer 21 Grain with a thick layer of smashed avocado, topped with tomato and roasted pumpkin seeds).

Sandwich options include The Blue Zone (Blue Zone is an area of the world where folks live to 100 years old in the largest numbers -- this wrap includes house made hummus loaded in a wheat tortilla with crisp lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, bell peppers and olives); the Notorious BLT (tofu bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo on toasted sourdough); and The Fortune (loaded with organic goodness: rice, tofu, cabbage, spinach, carrot, sesame seeds, sesame ginger, and scallions).

Nourish Café & Market

1201 East Broadway
Columbia, Missouri 65201

This café’s entire menu is gluten-free, as well as soy, corn, and refined sugar free. In addition, they use nearly all organic ingredients, source locally whenever possible, and make everything from scratch.

Breakfast specials include the Columbia Scramble (local fresh eggs, veggies, pesto, and goat cheese); Paleo Chili and Eggs (local grass fed beef chili, roasted sweet potatoes, topped with 2 local fresh eggs); and a Whole Breakfast Bowl (cashew creamed greens, roasted sweet potatoes, 2 local fresh eggs, house made toast). Smoothies and plenty of add-ins are available as well as a robust selection of hot, healthy drinks.

Lunch options include the Turkey Reuben Melt (Applegate turkey, sauerkraut, local cheese, cashew Thousand Island dressing on house made bread); Roasted Veggie Pesto Wrap (veggies, local goat cheese, pepita basil pesto in a cassava flour tortilla); and SCL Chicken Salad Wrap (chicken with spicy cilantro lime hummus, spinach, pickled onion, and cucumber in a cassava flour tortilla).

Café Berlin

200 North 10th Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Serving Burritos, Salads, Tacos, Soups, Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and much more, the Café Berlin is open for breakfast and lunch and is also open for shows at night.

For breakfast, enjoy the Mediterranean (two eggs scrambled with green onion, served with pita bread, hummus, kalamata olives and tomato); Real Oatmeal (organic thick rolled oats with cinnamon and raisins served with apples, bananas, and real maple syrup), or the Starving Artist (biscuit topped with potatoes, sautéed greens, two eggs and vegetarian gravy).

For lunch, enjoy their Gyro Complex (seasoned ground beef, tahini, cucumber, greens, pickled red onion, feta and tomato wrapped in a warm pita and served with tzatziki); The Murphy Lee (stir-fried bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms with brown rice, tofu, fresh spinach, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with tahini lemon); or Street Tacos (slow roasted Patchwork shoulder, house pickled Jalepenos, diced onion, cilantro, lime wedge on 3 soft corn tortillas).

Range Free

110 Orr Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Their entire menu is dedicated gluten, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish free, and 99% grain-free. They source locally and organic with a seasonal menu reliant on local farmers.

Breakfast options include the Quiche of the Day (filled with seasonal yums on a quinoa crust and often dairy-free) and Belgian-style Waffles (egg/dairy/yeast free, served with butter of choice and 100% pure maple syrup).

Lunch options include healthy Soups and Salads, and a Build-Your-Own Sammich with meat selections like the Missouri Legacy roast beef, all-natural turkey, organic ham, and Patchwork Farms bacon), spectacular cheeses, veggies, and sauce options.

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, The Templeton List 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, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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