The Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants in Washington, DC

There is no shortage of restaurants in our nation’s capital. Finding the cream of the crop, the healthiest restaurants in the country is the work of our committed team members... and it's a job we take very seriously.

The Templeton Team has been hard at work vetting the healthiest restaurants all across America according to our strict standards of ingredient, preparation and environmental guidelines. We are happy to announce our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Washington, DC:

Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, District of Colum 20006
202-822-8783

The family farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union, who collectively own Founding Farmers restaurant, are represented on every plate they offer. Located in Foggy Bottom, just three blocks from the White House, the Founding Farmers makes everything from scratch, using simple, high-quality ingredients. And they utilize active recycling and composting programs that divert about 90% of their waste from landfills.

Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, favorite dishes include Crazy Corn Chicken (mixed lettuce, roasted sweet corn, hominy, caramel corn, avocado, mango, cotija, cornbread, chipotle buttermilk & cilantro lime vinaigrette), Chesapeake Wild Blue Catfish (blackened, grits, green beans, mango pico de gallo, lemon butter), and Seven Cheese Macaroni.

Flower Child

2112 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
202-919-3646

Each item on the Flower Child menu is made from scratch, using locally sourced farm-fresh ingredients. In addition to a variety of salads and bowls, the Flower Child serves delicious entrees such as Cracked Cauliflower and Quinoa (date, currant, pistachio, Greek yogurt, cilantro, mint), Yuzu Brussels Sprouts (charred onion, savoy cabbage, golden miso), and wraps like Thai Dye (spicy tofu, Thai basil, avocado, carrot, daikon radish, cilantro, snap pea) and The Rebel (grilled steak, charred onion, port salut cheese, arugula, horseradish yogurt).

Farm Bird

625 H Street Northeast
Washington, District of Colum 20002
202-506-6778

As their name implies, the Farm Bird menu focuses on chicken. All items are prepared from scratch daily, using only the highest quality, never-frozen chicken, fresh ingredients, and classic techniques. All chickens are raised humanely on an all-vegetarian diet (free of growth hormones or antibiotics) on regional farms in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

In addition to a variety of outstanding Chicken Salads and Sandwiches, enjoy the Lemon Tzatziki plate (snap pea tzatziki, cucumber, pickled red onion, kalamata olives, peppadew peppers, arugula, petitas), Spicy Roasted Fresno plate (Fresno pepper sauce, pickled red onions, crispy shallots, cilantro), and Avocado Basil plate (sliced avocado kale pesto, snap peas, pickled vegetables, romaine, slivered almonds, basil).

Sweetgreen

1512 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-387-9338

We love it that this restaurant prides itself on being a critical link between growers and consumers and is committed to supporting small and mid-size growers who are farming sustainably.

At Sweetgreen, you can create your own bowl choosing from a variety of fresh ingredients, or select from the menu that includes items like the Shrromami (roasted sesame tofu, warm portobello mix, raw beets, cucumbers, basil, spicy sunflower seeds, warm wild rice, shredded kale, miso sesame ginger dressing), Chicken Pesto Parm (roasted chicken, spicy broccoli, tomatoes, shaved parmesan, za'atar breadcrumbs, warm quinoa, baby spinach, Sweetgreen hot sauce, pesto vinaigrette), or the Super Green Goddess (black lentils, chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, raw carrots, spicy broccoli, shredded cabbage, raw beets, roasted almonds, baby spinach, shredded kale, Green Goddess ranch).

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

1341 L Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-8349

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is a Friday and Saturday night only dining experience offering a six-course vegan tasting menu. Elizabeth’s Gone Raw began in 2009 as an expression and experiment by founder/owner, Elizabeth Petty. During her experience with breast cancer, she was introduced to plant-based foods as an access to better health, vitality, and peace of mind. She used her experience, expertise, and reputation in the food industry to share her newfound passion for reclaiming health.

As of this writing, Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is open every Friday and Saturday night (5:30 – 9:00 PM) with a prix fixe menu at $85 per person (subject to change for holidays and private events).

Selections include ‘Tuna’ Tartare (avocado-horseradish cream, crispy shallots, almond cracker), Wild Spring Onion Flower Soup (snow pea leaves, green garbanzo, cashew crème fraiche), Parmesan Ravioli (sunchoke purée, purple radish broth, wood sorrel), and more. Consult their website for information about making reservations and special diet requests.

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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.

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