Encinitas, California is a mecca of healthy living. Many know it for its clean beaches and surf breaks, the infamous Self Realization Fellowship founded by Swami Yogananda, and every kind of yoga studio you can imagine. Encinitas is also filled with a plethora of restaurants that proudly serve organic menus with creative options for those limited by dietary restrictions.
Here are our top five favorite healthy restaurants in Encinitas:
1. Eve Encinitas 575 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, California
Located right in the heart of downtown Encinitas is Eve Cafe, featuring creative vegan cuisine. The atmosphere in Eve is more like a relaxed community gathering space where you order at the counter and share your meal with others while you lounge around on the couches and community tables scattered throughout the main dining area. You can order superfood smoothies, cold pressed juices, herbal teas and coffee served with fresh pressed nut milks and local kombucha on tap. They proudly serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with divine vegan bowls, wraps, salads and other creative dishes that even non-vegans will drool over. What makes Eve stand out amongst the rest is that it also serves as a local community center with ongoing events, classes and parties in the back room.
2. Good on Ya Organic Restaurant 1051 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, California
Coming in at a close second is Good on Ya Organic Restaurant on Highway 101 near Swami’s Beach. You might miss it on the first passing but their bright orange VW bus is often parked out front. This restaurant is serious about their 99% organic ingredients. The few select items they can’t get organic will be, at a minimum, REAL and 100% Non-GMO. Locals love to hit this spot in the mornings for their epic selection of cold pressed coffees and teas served with 100% grass-fed butter and whole raw coconut milk. They recently launched a dinner menu along with organic wines, local beers, and some healthy cocktails for the daring types, plus local kombucha on tap. This establishment is healthy and carnivore friendly with excellent gluten free and vegan options as well.
3. Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar 765 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, California
Lotus Cafe has a little bit of everything for every dietary walk of life. Specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine, this is the place where you can safely take your meat eating friends out to dinner and they’ll be satisfied with the healthy fish and poultry options on the extensive menu. They second as a fresh juice bar with affordable prices and friendly staff. What stands out about Lotus Cafe is their large seating area, both inside and out, with tables and booths plus a screened in patio. The decor plays off Swami’s ashram with gorgeous artwork and statues throughout the building. Also located on the 101 in downtown Encinitas, this kid friendly joint is the kind of place you bring your out of town guests for lunch or dinner after a long day at the beach.
4. Native Foods Cafe Encinitas 127 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Have you been searching for vegan fast food? Native Foods Cafe in Encinitas is the place to go if you need a quick bite to eat in between running errands. Located at the opposite end of the Trader Joe’s shopping center off El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard, this quick serve eatery will woo you with their made-from-scratch chef-crafted cuisine. Not many vegan restaurants can say they’ve been around since 1994 and are still going strong like Native Foods Cafe has. The Chickpea Tikka Masala and faux Poke Bowl is to die for, by the way. A notable bonus is extensive parking in the massive parking lot where you are guaranteed to get a spot for a quick and casual bite to eat. Plus they are open til 10pm!
5. Healthy Creations 376 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, California
Last but definitely not least is a little hidden gem in Encinitas that does not get the attention it deserves. Healthy Creations is part cafe, part boutique health food store with grab and go organic treats or plenty of options to sit down and eat. Located in a small shopping center off El Camino Real, Healthy Creations is an affordable, healthier alternative to take-out and takes the guesswork out of organic eating. We love that they support local farms by using organic, locally grown produce as much as possible and always use organic grains and free–range, hormone-free meats. Their gluten free pastries alone are worth the trip across town! The newly remodeled cafe features an expanded dining area, free Wi-Fi, smoothies, cold pressed juice and many new menu items to choose from. Once you discover this solid organic cafe you will find yourself making a weekly trip to stock up your fridge at home (with a good conscious) knowing you are supporting a small, locally owned business.
We encourage you to go support these scrumptious organic restaurants and put your dollars towards businesses that are dedicated to organic living. And when you visit, please tell them you are part of Experience Tribe!
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