The Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants in Hartford, CT

At the mere mention of Hartford, Connecticut, often the first thing that comes to mind is that the city is home to a number of insurance companies, and that's true – more than 100 in fact.

But Hartford is also home to some really good restaurants that pass our strict standards.

If you live in Hartford or are planning a visit, it's helpful to know about the healthiest restaurants the city offers, and that’s exactly what we do. Our team has vetted the restaurants of all major cities across the U.S., and we’re delighted to announce our Top 5 picks in Hartford, Connecticut:

Fire-n-Spice Vegan Restaurant

491 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm local time, Fire-n-Spice features vegan and gluten-free menu items like Italian Stew (coconut milk, sweet potato, pumpkin, chayote, red/pigeon beans, garlic, scallion, thyme, pimento, allspice, sea salt); Chole (an Indian style dish consisting of chickpeas simmered with garam masala); Steamed Wilted Greens (kale and/or seasonal greens wilted with olive/sunflower/coconut oil, onion, garlic, sea salt); Jamaican Run Dung (chayote and butternut squashes sauteed in coconut milk); and much more.

Arugula Bistro

953 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, Connecticut 6107

Their menu includes a variety of Mezze (shareable treats, some enough for a meal) with items like Grilled Pita and Baba Ghanoush, Korean Sticky Ribs, Chicken Satay Skewers, Middle Eastern Sampler (hummus, muhammara, baba ghanoush and labani – house made yogurt cheese – cucumber, tomato and red onion salad, grilled pita); and much more.

Entrees include Grilled Bistro Steak (Creekstone Farm Premium Black Angus beef from Kansas, marinated and grilled, served with French fries and greens, and truffle aioli); Duck Confit Leg (house made, served on warm spinach, with grains and shitake mushrooms sauteed in a sherry-shallot vinaigrette); and Filet Mignon of Tuna (seared sushi-grade ahi tuna on a bed of coriander-scented sauteed baby spinach and oven roasted tomatoes, finished with a sesame-ginger glaze).

Also on their menu is a variety of wood-grilled flatbreads with alternative bases such as gluten-free or cauliflower dough. Try the Arugula (onion marmalade/asiago base, Stracciatella, baked and topped with arugula, tomatoes, tossed with virgin olive oil and lemon).

Healthy Is On The Way

430 New Park Avenue
West Hartford, Connecticut 06110

Organic, allergen-friendly, farm fresh meals delivered to your door! Check their website for weekly specials, weekly subscriptions, or meal packs. Look for favorites such as Turkey Burgers, Pan Seared Salmon, Salmon Burgers, Local Peach Marmalade Glazed Chicken, Pesto Pasta, Teriyaki Salmon Bowl, Chicken Enchilada Lasagna, Cauliflower Crust Pizzas, Soups, Salads, and Kids Meals.

Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen

991 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, Connecticut 6107

Open for lunch and dinner, Zohara’s lunch menu includes delicious Mezze (table shares); Lunch Bowls, Salads, and Stuffed Pitas.

For dinner, their “Over Coals” selections include Harissa Chicken, Black Garlic Filet Mignon, Lamb Kofta, Organic Salmon, and Grilled Halloumi and Vegetable. All are served with saffron basmati rice, shishito peppers, roasted red onion, grilled tomato and cauliflower. Large plates include Seafood Tagine (shrimp, mussels, calamari salmon, octopus, Israeli Cous Cous, Saffron); Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Lemon Za’atar Chicken, and Shakshuka.

They also offer Meshta (feast) – their chef and his team will customize a culinary tour of the best that Zohara has to offer, priced per person.

Plan B Burger Bar

138 Park Road
West Hartford, Connecticut 6119

Burgers, of course, are on the menu. Their fresh, never frozen, chuck is hand-cut by their butchers and ground in-house within hours of hitting your plate. Served with your choice of fancy fries or organic mixed greens. You can substitute a hand-formed plant-based patty (v/gf) if you wish. They offer a variety of burgers including Breakfast Burger, Baja Burger, Blue Cheese Burger, 3 Shrooms Burger, West Coast Burger, Cuban Burger, and more.

Plan B Burger Bar also offers “Big Plates” such as their popular gluten-free Shepard’s Pie; Mac ‘N Jack; and gluten-free Fish ‘N Chips. A Lil’ Tots Menu is available, too.

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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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