The Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants in Carpinteria, CA

This lovely seaside village in southeastern Santa Barbara County is a popular surf destination. The city’s slogan is the “World's Safest Beach." Along with its plentiful water, camping, and beach activities, you’ll find a number of healthy restaurant options.

Here are our top 5 recommended healthy restaurants in Carpinteria, CA:

The Good Plow

5205 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, California 93013

The Good Plow offers menu items such as the Buddha Bowl (organic roasted mushrooms, organic sweet potatoes, organic raw massaged kale, fried organic garbanzo beans, organic avocado, with yum sauce); Bibimbap Bowl (short grain rice, cucumber noodles, sweet potatoes, pickled red onion, fried shiitake mushrooms, fried egg, sweet and spicy date sauce); Fried Cauliflower Tacos (Gochujang fried cauliflower, burnt scallion dressing, pickled red onions); and Classic Veggie Sandwich (housemade organic hummus, green goddess dressing, organic alfalfa sprouts, organic pickled carrots, organic cucumber, organic sliced avocado, organic tomato, organic leaf lettuce, served on sandwich bread and with a mixed green side salad).

They also serve pizzas that are entirely organic and baked on homemade, naturally leavened sourdough crust. A local favorite is the Good Pie Pizza (mozzarella, marinara, broccolini, oyster mushrooms, kale pesto)

Zookers Restaurant

5404 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, California 93013

Open for lunch and dinner, Zookers offers a creative seasonal farm-to-fork menu based on available local organic produce, fish, and sustainably raised meats from local farms like the Watkin Ranch and the Nyman Ranch. Lunch items include sandwiches, burgers, and specialties like Grilled Vegetable Burrito (black beans, brown rice, jack cheese, cilantro, sour cream, and Zookers salsa); Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs (served with hummus tabouli, and pita bread); and Cioppino (Italian stew with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, fresh fish in spicy tomato sauce).

Dinner entrees include a hearty Roasted Vegetable Salad (eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrot, red onion, goat cheese, organic greens with a lemon basil vinaigrette); Chicken Saltimbocca (organic chicken stuffed with prosciutto, sage fontina cheese and a mushroom marsala sauce); and vegetarian options like Zookers Eggplant Parmesan (cornmeal crusted eggplant, artichoke heart, olive, spinach, tomato basil sauce, topped with parmesan and feta cheese).

Nutbelly Pizzeria & Deli

915 Linden Avenue
Carpinteria, California 93013

Offering sandwiches, salads, pizza, calzones, and pasta, we suggest the Rich Farmer (fettucini, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini and garlic sauteed with white wine, butter and olive oil, topped with fresh Parmesan and basil); Nutbelly Pizza (Nutbelly’s famous sun dried tomato pesto, zucchini, artichoke hearts, red onions, sunflower seed and Parmesan cheese, available on a gluten-free crust upon request); and Build-Your-Own Calzones (basic calzone starts with mozzarella, ricotta, and marinara sauce – choose any pizza toppings).

The Worker Bee Café

973 Linden Avenue
Carpinteria, California 93013

With a yellow and black exterior that’s hard to miss, this café serves up traditional breakfast and lunch fare. Breakfast items include gluten-free options (waffles, pancakes, toast, muffins). Check out the Open Faced Avocado Sandwich for lunch (toasted bread of your choice with avocado, tomato, onion, served with two eggs, choice of fruit or potatoes).

Lucky Llama Coffee House

5100 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, California 93013

Their menu includes Acai Bowls and Yogurt and Oatmeal Bowls. Try the Moon Bowl To Go (blended acai, peanut butter, strawberries, banana, topped with granola, banana and strawberries) or the Yogurt Bowl To Go (plain or vanilla yogurt, topped with granola, banana and strawberries).

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