The Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

Voted one of the best places to retire (2021), Charlotte may surprise you. For example, did you know that Charlotte is a major U.S. financial center, and is now the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City?

And while Charlotte lays claim to many fine restaurants, some stand out as healthy and organic choices. If you’re concerned about your health and don’t want to abandon your diet when traveling… good news! You don’t have to!

We’re happy to announce our Top 5 restaurant picks in Charlotte, North Carolina:

The Suffolk Punch (2 locations)

2911 Griffith Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 25203

4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 2811

The Suffolk Punch is a Brewery, Culinary Café and Taphouse, and Coffee Bar. They feature local and seasonal ingredients in their made-from-scratch recipes.

Salads include Guajillo Chicken Cobb (Fried Chicken Breast tossed in Guajillo Hot Sauce, Harmony Ridge Farm Greens, Green Apple & Pineapple Salsa, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Smoked Bacon, Shaved Onion, Cucumber, Avocado, Smoked Jalapeno).

Handhelds include Yaki Niku Chicken (Fried Chicken Breast, Yaki Niku (Japanese BBQ Sauce), House Kimchee, Cucumber Wasabi, Drunken Pickle, Brioche Bun). Main Dishes include Shrimp Po’Boy Tacos (Blackened Gulf Shrimp, Green Apple & Pineapple Salsa, Remoulade Sauce, Shredded Lettuce, Cotija Cheese).

Living Kitchen

2000 South Blvd. Suite 300
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

Serving organic plant-based cuisine, their fresh menu selections are enjoyed by both vegans and carnivores.

Popular items include Fire & Brimstone Burger (gluten-free quinoa and millet burger patty, chipotle sunflower seed hummus, tomato, red onion, guacamole, sprouts, and fire and brimstone hot sauce on choice of bread or collard leaf wrap), Living Burrito (chipotle hummus, pico de gallo, cauliflower rice, alfalfa sprouts, guacamole, cashew sour cream, wrapped in a collard leaf), Caramelized Onion & Pear Pizza (house made cashew basil cheese, caramelized onions, pear, arugula, and topped with Brazil nut "parm" on gluten-free buckwheat and flaxseed crust), and Spicy Black Beans (black beans, quinoa, avocado, mushroom carnitas, pico de gallo, romaine, chipotle sauce).

B. Good (3 locations)

7926 Rea Road (Stonecrest)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

400 South Tryon Street (Uptown)
Charlotte, North Carolina 8202

14825 Ballantyne Village Way
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

Serving comfort food made with farm fresh ingredients, B. Good offers menu selections such as The Beyond Burger (cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, B. GOOD sauce), Avocado BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato, chipotle aioli on grilled country bread), and Mediterranean Eggplant Bowl (Eggplant Meatballs on a bed of greens, bean salad, quinoa, za'atar hummus, red lentils, za'atar vinaigrette).

Their popular Kids Menu features items like the Kids Cheeseburger (antibiotic-free beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, served with choice of fries or tots, baby carrots, choice of apple juice or milk), Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese, Mac N Cheese Bites (5 pieces served with choice of fries or tots, baby carrots and milk or apple juice), and more.

Flower Child

1537 Camden Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

The Flower Child offers made-from-scratch foods using fresh ingredients and available sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Favorites include Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad (avocado, romaine, arugula, feta, super seed brittle, chia vinaigrette), Chicken Enchiladas (guajillo chile, smoked gouda, poblano crema, organic black bean, roasted corn, avocado), and Mother Earth Bowl (ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onion, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, hemp seed).

YAFO Kitchen (3 locations)

YAFO Southpark
720 Gov Morrison Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

YAFO Plaza Midwood
1331 Central Ave., Suite 10
Charlotte, NC 28205

YAFO Dilworth
1231A East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

A fast-casual Middle Eastern street food restaurant concept, YAFO features vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu options, hormone-free selections, shawarma-spiced rotisserie chicken, hummus made from organic chickpeas, and homemade items like pickled vegetables and hot mezze sides.

Featured entrees include Israeli Hot Chicken (fried chicken schnitzel on a bun with spicy red schug, slaw, pickles and tzatziki, available mild or vegetarian), Chicken Spaniko Pita (crispy pita stuffed with chicken, spinach and feta), Lamb Baguette Sandwich (pulled braised lamb, feta, mixed greens and sumac onion on Spanish pan de barra), and a variety of Build Your Own Bowls, Salads, and Wraps.

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, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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