Tucson’s Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants

Whether you’re traveling or just eating out as a special treat, the last thing you want to do is to jeopardize your health. And while there is an abundance of not-so-healthy restaurants out there, we’ve done the background work to be sure your next meal out is a great meal out.

The Templeton Team vets the healthiest restaurants all across America according to our strict standards of ingredient, preparation and environmental guidelines so that you can be certain that the restaurant you choose will not defeat your healthy diet intentions.

We are happy to announce our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic restaurant options in Tucson, Arizona:

Govinda’s of Tucson

711 East Blacklidge Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85719

Tucson Weekly has named Govinda's the winner in several Best of Tucson categories including Best Fine Dining – Vegetarian, Best Therapeutic Meal and Best Vegan Selection. In addition to their exceptional menu, Govinda’s is a beautiful oasis for diners, with its exotic birds, wildlife sanctuary, koi pond, waterfalls, and fountains.

Appetizers include Hummus and Bread (available with kalamata oilives, organic local Chevre, and gluten-free baguette), Caprese Board (fresh Mozzarella, basil and tomato. served organic focaccia, olive oil and balsamic vinegar), Meatballs & Jalapeño Cream (local, organic grass fed beef hand rolled meatballs -- a house recipe -- served with jalapeño cream sauce), and much more.

In addition to fresh fruits and salads, entrees include a vegetable dish (changes daily), soup and lentil chips, and a choice of pasta (stir-fried, mac n cheese, among others). Desserts include Halava and sweet rice.

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 East Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, Arizona 85715

In addition to salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza, entrees include a Mediterranean Summer Plate (chilled Kofta meatballs, with radish & dill in a tahini dressing, served with hummus, crisp vegetables, and fresh baked bread), Baked Chicken Breast in a Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce (served with sautéed spinach and zucchini topped with fresh basil), and a Seasonal Special (prepared with local ingredients provided by Pivot Produce).

Do note that reservations for dinner are required; seating is limited.

Graze Premium Burgers (2 locations)

2721 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85716

5635 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85711

This award-winning restaurant serves antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, free-range chicken, milkshakes made with all-natural ice cream, and organic sugar cane sodas.

Other options include all-natural Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers, and Niman Ranch nitrate-free all-natural 100% beef Hot Dogs. Sides include Fresh Cut Fries made from Kennebec potatoes (twice-fried Belgian style in non-GMO rice bran oil and seasoned with kosher salt) and Grace Chopped Salad (organic spring mix, carrots, cucumbers, dried cranberries, almonds, with balsamic vinaigrette dressing).

Time Market

444 East University Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85705

Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu features local produce, humanely raised and sustainably ranched meats, and eggs from cage-free hens. Sandwiches are served on house-made artisan bread, and the kitchen staff makes everything from pickles, krauts, and soft cheeses to freshly ground sausage.

Their menu features a variety of pizzas, sandwiches served on house-made artisan bread (try the Classic Reuban made with toasted levain, corned beef, Swiss, and house-made caraway kraut), salads including the Beet Pistachio Salad (roasted, marinated organic beets, organic spring mix, toasted pistachios, goat cheese, and sherry vinaigrette), and plates like Chicken & Bok Choy (bok choy, organic napa and green cabbage, organic carrot, cilantro, Thai basil, crispy onions, soy ginger vinaigrette, sesame fried chicken or you can substitute avocado for vegetarian version), and Chicken & Tamal (house-made green corn tamal, chicken breast, cheddar, avocado, salsa, cilantro, serrano pepper, organic arugula, lime, and EVOO).

The Tasteful Kitchen

722 North Stone Avenue
Tuscon, Arizona 85705

This weekly food prep service provides heat-and-eat-meals. Their dishes are 100% plant-based and ingredients are as close to their natural state as possible. Every effort is made to source the purest ingredients and avoid foods with hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners, and GMO’S.

While the menu changes weekly, sample selections include Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Summer Vegetables, Black Bean Burger with Sweet Potato Wedges, Slaw and Chipotle Sauce, and Picnic Lunch Box (Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad 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!

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 https://templetonwellness.com/. 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.