The Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, with a rich history, lies on both sides of the Mississippi River and adjoins its sister city, St. Paul. Today we’re taking a close look at the healthy dining options this city offers because when you’re fighting cancer, the last thing you want to do is to jeopardize your health – and that involves finding restaurants that serve organically grown, locally source when possible, and healthy food.

That’s why we’ve done the work for you in scouting out the healthiest restaurants all across America, according to our strict 5-star rating system. We’re happy to share our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Minneapolis, Minnesota:


712 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Simpls serves made-from-scratch meals using wholesome, non-artificial ingredients. Their wide variety of homemade soups include Tunisian Chickpea (Chickpea Carrot, Onion, Kale, Tomato, Scratch-Made Veggie Stock (Water, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Tomatoes, Garlic, Parsley, Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Thyme, Peppercorn, Clove), Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Turmeric, Coriander, Cumin, Fennel Seed, Salt, Cayenne, Black Pepper, Bay Leaves), Roasted Cauliflower Turmeric (Cauliflower, Red Onions, Scratch-Made Veggie Stock (Water, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Tomatoes, Garlic, Parsley, Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Thyme, Peppercorn, Clove), Coconut Milk, Red Lentils, Fresh Garlic, Fresh Turmeric, Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil, Cumin, Sea Salt, Pepper) and Baja Chicken Chili (Scratch-Made Veggie Stock (Water, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Tomatoes, Garlic, Parsley, Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Thyme, Peppercorn, Clove), Larry Schultz Chicken, Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper, Onion, Celery, Cannellini Beans, Sweet Corn, Fresh Garlic, Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil, Lime Juice, Fresh Cilantro, Cayenne Pepper, Sea Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Chili Powder, Cumin).

People’s Organic Café

80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

Located in the heart of Minneapolis, People’s features vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Breakfast is served all day with menu items such as both Classic Quiche Lorraine and Seasonal Quiche, Breakfast Burrito, and Organic Sprouted Wheat Bagels.

For lunch, Salads, Bowls, Sandwiches, Wraps and Burgers, are on the menu, along with a Farm-to-Table favorite, Grilled Salmon (wild salmon marinated in ginger, fresh orange and sesame oil sauteed organic seasonal vegetables served with organic brown rice).

People’s Organic Café is open Monday-Friday 9AM – 4PM local time.

Common Roots Café

2558 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405

Hand-crafted food made with local and organic ingredients. Their brunch menu includes favorites like the Garden Plum and Pear Muffin, Breakfast Bowl (white, basmati, and wild rice, green beans, eggplant, red pepper, kimchi, ginger sesame tamari sauce, two eggs), Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs or tofu, smoked cheddar, black beans, pico de gallo, potatoes, salsa, sour cream), and Wild Rice Burger (wild rice veggie burger, lemon aioli, provolone, lettuce).

Check their website for hours of operation. Catering is available.

Birchwood Café

3311 East 25th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

Birchwood serves local, sustainable, organic food for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivorous customers. Their menu changes with the seasons but a few favorites to look for are the Birchwood Summer Salad (Mixed greens, White Earth Nation wild rice, strawberries, oranges, pepitas, Shepherd's Way Hope cheese and cilantro orange agave vinaigrette served with Kernza crackers) and Kernza Karmelita Bar (a cafe favorite, made with Minnesota grown Kernza).

Tao Natural Foods

2200 Hennepin Avenue
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55405

Their menu features dishes made with ingredients that are sustainably sourced, low allergenic, and organic. With delicious soups and broths like Organic Beef Bone Broth (grass-fed beef bones, thyme, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, astragalus, ginger, turmeric, sea salt) and Miso Mushroom Broth (shiitake mushrooms, miso, ginger, onion, garlic, chili, veg stock, kombu, astragalus, garnish spring onion, sesame oil), you just know you’re off to a good start at this restaurant.

Healthy, sustaining bowls include the Tao Bowl (ginger steamed veggies, black beans, avocado, toasted sesame oil with base option of brown rice, greens or both), Coconut Curry Bowl (peanut, tofu, ginger, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, turmeric, coconut, cilantro, and lime with base option of brown rice, greens or both), and Raw Superfood Crunch (kale, cabbage, carrots, beets, pepitas, sunflower seeds, almonds, gogi berries, sprouts, Goddess dressing).

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!

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 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.