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The Top 5 Healthy Alternative Restaurants in Houston for Dinner 

The Top 5 Healthy Alternative Restaurants in Houston for Dinner

Our Criteria 

Quality Food: Good restaurants maintain a consistent level of quality in the meals they serve to their patrons by adhering to certain standards in the kitchen. 

In order to support local farmers and producers and keep money in the community, many healthy restaurant menus emphasize items that are in season and locally sourced.
Healthy Drinks: In addition to serving nutritious food, a healthy restaurant should also provide healthy beverages. Offering sugary and artificially flavored drinks completely undermines the concept of a healthful eatery. 

A healthy restaurant should also include a large selection of healthy cocktails on the menu, as there are an increasing number of customers who are looking for alcohol-free drinks for health reasons.
Plant-forward: A restaurant is plant-forward if it serves food that is primarily made from plants. People who have special dietary needs, such as vegans and vegetarians, should also feel welcome at a plant-forward restaurant that prioritizes dietary needs.
Price: Consumers are looking for nutritious options that don’t break the bank, yet still satisfy their cravings for delicious cuisine.

1. Flower Child

WebsiteFlower Child
Address1101 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Contact Info713-730-4261
HoursMonday – Sunday: 11 AM to 9 PM 
Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.2/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4/5
Quality Food 3.5/5
Healthy Drinks4.8/5
Plant Forward4.7/5


  • Fresh salmon
  • Lively atmosphere
  • Refreshing kombucha 
  • Reasonable prices


  • Small portions 
  • Stale tofu 
  • Soggy brussel sprouts

Flower Child claims the food they serve is made in-house from natural, locally sourced ingredients that leave their customers walking out the door refreshed—not like they just came from the dentist. 

There are seats available both inside and outside. We opted to take our meals outside, where we could enjoy the lively atmosphere at Flower Child. 

As we were seated at a patio table, we received our dinner arrived quickly. Do note you have to place your order at the counter if you want anything else. 

We ordered their salmon and tofu bowl and the chicken entrée with broccoli and quinoa, and kombucha. 

The chicken in the chicken entree was a little difficult to chew, almost as if we were munching on rubber. 

Contrary to Flower Child’s claims to be fresh, their broccoli looked like it was prepared in the morning and left out all day. However, we enjoyed the simple flavors of the quinoa and corn on the side.  

Furthermore, we could taste the salmon’s freshness in the tofu bowl. But the tofu tasted stale like it had been in the fridge for too long. 

The brussels sprouts on the side were overdone, acidic, and soggy. When we addressed the waitress, all the waitress did was put the food back in the microwave. 

On the other hand, their kombucha was not only refreshing, but it did not have a strong aftertaste to it. We also liked how they have a variety of flavors of kombucha to choose from. 

We liked how Flower Child implements using sustainable, eco-friendly silverware and plate ware. Their prices are also reasonable for the small portion of food you get here.

2. Pat Greer’s Kitchen 

WebsitePat Greer’s Kitchen
Address412 W. Clay St., Houston, TX 77019
Contact Info713-807-0101
HoursSaturday – Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM to 3 PM 
Google Reviews Score4.9/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.6/5
Total Reviews4.7/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Quality Food 5/5
Healthy Drinks5/5
Plant Forward5/5


  • Moist strawberry cake
  • Fresh ingredients 
  • Vast assortment of healthy snacks


  • Takeout only

Pat Greer’s Kitchen allows the convenience of ordering individual meals and snacks, making it simple to eat healthily even on the road. 

The assortment of sweets and snacks is vast. After sampling their Geeze dip and spicy crackers, we understand why many former customers rave about it as crowd-pleasing.  

Pat Greer’s Kitchen also claims to prepare its meals with fresh ingredients. Even though we don’t adhere to a rigorous raw vegan diet, many of their dishes and flavor combinations were satisfying. 

As far as freshness goes, the brussels cranberry pecan salad and the strawberry cake were superb, precisely as Pat Greer’s Kitchen claims to be: fresh and delicious. We liked how moist the strawberry cake was and how the cranberry pecan salad was not drenched in dressing. 

Moreover, their pumpkin mocha has the right blend of organic pumpkin and coffee, leaving us ready to curl up in a bookstore corner for winter. 

By the way, Pat Greer herself was walking around the restaurant catering to customers. From our brief conversation with her, she radiated warmth and goodwill. 

Unfortunately, though, at Pat Greer’s Kitchen, you can only order to go. But there is a picnic table on the front lawn if you get hungry while waiting for friends.

3. True Food Kitchen

WebsiteTrue Food Kitchen
Address1700 Post Oak Blvd., #180, Houston, TX 77056
Contact Info281-605-2505
Hours Sunday: 10 AM to 9 PM 
Monday – Thursday: 11 AM to 9 PM 
Friday: 11 AM to 10 PM 
Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM 
Google Reviews Score4.5/5
Yelp Reviews Score4/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.3/5
Score Consistency4.3/5
Quality Food 4.8/5
Healthy Drinks4.8/5
Plant Forward3.7/5


  • Clean interior
  • Vast menu
  • Delicious dumplings
  • Delicate chocolate cake


  • Not budget-friendly 
  • Loud and busy atmosphere
  • Stiff pita bread

The meals at True Food Kitchen are supposedly made using hand-picked ingredients that provide healthy nutrition without compromising flavor. 

After eating at True Food Kitchen, we can attest that their dishes are delicious and nutritious. Don’t worry; you won’t end up in trouble with your nutritionist if you indulge in an extra takeaway 

As a side note, there’s a lot of free parking in the garage at True Food Kitchen. So you won’t have to worry about scratching your newly detailed car.

When we came to True Food Kitchen for dinner, the restaurant’s interior was clean, modern, and comfortable. They have a broad menu, including seasonal menu items. 

Not all of their items are vegan or vegetarian, but they have a wide range of choices to meet different dietician needs. However, the prices for everything on the menu are not for those on a budget after tax season. 

Do note that the atmosphere is busy and loud at True Food Kitchen during dinner time, so if you’re having a date night, it may not be easy to hear each other speak. 

Furthermore, we didn’t like how long it took for our meals to come out. We waited for around forty minutes. 

Our starter appetizer, the pita bread, and hummus were decent. We enjoyed the herb flavors of the hummus, but their pita bread left little to desire. 

The pita bread was flat and stiff. 

In contrast, the spiciness of the Penang curry over the quinoa was just right. Sweetness, heat, sourness, and saltiness all explode in your mouth from this superbly balanced curry. 

The edamame dumplings were also delicious; they were soft, and the soy broth was delicate and complemented them well. 

For dessert, we got the chocolate lava cake. The cake was delicate, but the ice cream topping made the dessert. 

Because it’s dark chocolate, it’s not overly sugary. 

True Food Kitchen also offers various seasonal juices that are conceptually similar to mocktails but come at a much more reasonable price. 

The bartender did a fantastic job of serving our drinks quickly. We thought the non-alcoholic beverages were about right, but some might find their lack of sweetness too much of a drawback.

4. Adair Kitchen

WebsiteAdair Kitchen
Address5161 San Felipe St., Houston, TX 77056
Contact Info713-623-6100
Hours Monday – Friday: 7 AM to 9 PM 
Saturday – Sunday: 8 AM to 9 PM 
Google Reviews Score4.3/5
Yelp Reviews Score4/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.4/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4/5
Quality Food 3.9/5
Healthy Drinks3.9/5
Plant Forward3.5/5


  • Budget-friendly prices
  • Charming ambiance
  • Upscale atmosphere
  • Crispy asparagus


  • Small portions 

Adair Kitchen is a restaurant that claims to celebrate wholesome, down-to-earth, American comfort food and classics, emphasizing locally sourced, organic ingredients. 

The blackboard menus, mint green shelves, and 10-foot sheet metal pig that spans Adair’s two stories all contribute to the restaurant’s charming, whimsical ambiance. 

Adair Kitchen made us feel right at home with its simple, yet savory meal options. Keep in mind that most of the diners are middle-aged ladies and young professionals indulging in comfort cuisine and a few cocktails. 

At night, when orders are taken by wait staff rather than at the counter, the atmosphere is notably more upscale versus going in the afternoon.  

Each meal’s selections are on a single, well-laid-out page; the menus are neither overly extensive nor sparse. Price-wise, you won’t break the bank with whatever you order here. 

There’s something for everyone, regardless of food preferences or dietary needs. Coffee drinks, juices, and low-priced cocktails are all on the menu. 

We tried the chicken sandwiches and green enchiladas that were tasty and comforting without being dull. Additionally, the fried asparagus we ordered was perfectly crispy without being greasy. 

Their bread pudding with green apples was delicious. 

As the prices are on the cheaper side, their portion sizes were smaller. It’s not enough to leave with fully satisfied bellies. 

Moreover, nothing, particularly on the menu, stood out to us as a memorable must-have.

5. Heartbeet

Address14714 Memorial Dr Houston, TX 77079
Contact Info832-617-8278
HoursMonday – Wednesday: 11 AM to 9 PM 
Thursday – Friday: 11 AM to 10 PM 
Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM 
Sunday: 10 AM to 9 PM 
Google Reviews Score4.5/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Quality Food 4.5/5
Healthy Drinks4.5/5
Plant Forward5/5


  • Aesthetically pleasing food 
  • Bright and industrial atmosphere
  • Delicious plantains and ceviche


  • Dry burger patty 
  • Limited parking
  • No handicapped parking

Heartbeet is a restaurant that serves aesthetically pleasing vegan food. 

The restaurant itself is furnished quite well, with an open layout and a bright, industrial vibe. A large number of interior seats and patio seats are available too. 

While ordering dinner, our server was quite well-versed in the menu offerings and, throughout the evening, continued to check on us to see if we were satisfied with our meal. 

The ceviche appetizer we started with consisted of a mixture of citrus-marinated young coconut, hearts of palm, guacamole, Persian cucumbers, watermelon, daikon radish, pineapple, and jalapenos. Their plantain chips were crunchy and not greasy compared to the traditional tortilla chips you would eat with classic ceviche. 

The portobello “steak” was cooked perfectly on the grill and was equally delicious. Turmeric-roasted vegetables, black beans, pico de gallo, avocado relish, and pita rounded out the meal. 

Unfortunately, not all of the items we tried off the menu were executed well flavor-wise. The black bean patty from their black bean burger was dry and tasted bland. 

To quench our thirst, their turmeric ginger tonic was refreshing and not bitter in the slightest. 

Do note that Heartbeet’s parking lot is shared with a neighboring restaurant, so expect a parking crunch on weekends. Additionally, there aren’t any handicapped parking spots. 


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