January 17, 2020

21 Healthy Cincinnati Restaurants to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Whether you're staying on track for your dieting goals or you're simply looking for something fresh and light, these Queen City eateries have plenty of healthy options to enjoy.
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Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
525 Race St., Downtown; 5065 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
Maplewood serves up dishes and ingredients that would be right at home on the West Coast: cold-pressed juices, superfood salads, egg-white omelets and somewhat nutritious cocktails, like the roasted tomatillo bloody mary. Made with Tito’s vodka, house tomatillo bloody mary mix and cold-pressed Super Greens juice (kale, celery, spinach, romaine and pineapple), it’s topped off by a purple cabbage accouterment. Helmed by Thunderdome, popular Metropole menu items include avocado benedict, vegan power bowl and the housemade veggie burger.
Photo via Facebook.com/MaplewoodKitchen

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

525 Race St., Downtown; 5065 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
Maplewood serves up dishes and ingredients that would be right at home on the West Coast: cold-pressed juices, superfood salads, egg-white omelets and somewhat nutritious cocktails, like the roasted tomatillo bloody mary. Made with Tito’s vodka, house tomatillo bloody mary mix and cold-pressed Super Greens juice (kale, celery, spinach, romaine and pineapple), it’s topped off by a purple cabbage accouterment. Helmed by Thunderdome, popular Metropole menu items include avocado benedict, vegan power bowl and the housemade veggie burger.
Photo via Facebook.com/MaplewoodKitchen
Fausto
44 E. Sixth St., Downtown
Fausto, located in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center, is the latest offering from the Ferrari brothers — Tony and Austin — and their expanding local food service empire. The menu is contemporary and upbeat and feels like the culinary equivalent of the light that streams into Fausto’s seating area through the CAC’s massive panes of glass. Tony describes the food as “California cuisine” with splashes of citrus and extra-virgin olive oil, not full of fat or butter. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fausto

44 E. Sixth St., Downtown
Fausto, located in the lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center, is the latest offering from the Ferrari brothers — Tony and Austin — and their expanding local food service empire. The menu is contemporary and upbeat and feels like the culinary equivalent of the light that streams into Fausto’s seating area through the CAC’s massive panes of glass. Tony describes the food as “California cuisine” with splashes of citrus and extra-virgin olive oil, not full of fat or butter.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Rooted Juicery + Kitchen
3010 Madison Road, Oakley; 6844 Wooster Pike, Mariemont; 17 E. Sixth St., Downtown
Everything is sourced as locally as possible at the always-organic Rooted Juicery + Kitchen. They offer fresh, healthy and made-from-scratch menu items ranging from the Rainbow Noodle salad to the Almond Thai Bowl, plus a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies.
Photo via Facebook.com/RootedJuicery

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen

3010 Madison Road, Oakley; 6844 Wooster Pike, Mariemont; 17 E. Sixth St., Downtown
Everything is sourced as locally as possible at the always-organic Rooted Juicery + Kitchen. They offer fresh, healthy and made-from-scratch menu items ranging from the Rainbow Noodle salad to the Almond Thai Bowl, plus a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies.
Photo via Facebook.com/RootedJuicery
Sleepy Bee Cafe
3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 8 E. Fourth St., Downtown
A family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot, the Sleepy Bee offers bright and fresh menu options made with locally sourced ingredients. Some of their popular dishes include the Ember Avocado Toast, the Queen City Bee breakfast sandwich and the Avi Tofu Scramble. Expect a healthy wait on weekends for healthy and hearty brunch fare.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Sleepy Bee Cafe

3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 8 E. Fourth St., Downtown
A family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot, the Sleepy Bee offers bright and fresh menu options made with locally sourced ingredients. Some of their popular dishes include the Ember Avocado Toast, the Queen City Bee breakfast sandwich and the Avi Tofu Scramble. Expect a healthy wait on weekends for healthy and hearty brunch fare.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fusian
600 Vine St., Downtown; 3780 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 8060 Montgomery Road, Kenwood
Fusian’s fast-casual approach lets you build your own custom sushi roll, bowl or salad with their selection of "simple, natural and (when at all possible) local ingredients." They offer a diverse selection of non-traditional proteins, including steak, chicken and roasted tofu, but the classic tuna and salmon rolls remain among the most popular. 
Photo via Facebook.com/EatFusian

Fusian

600 Vine St., Downtown; 3780 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park; 8060 Montgomery Road, Kenwood
Fusian’s fast-casual approach lets you build your own custom sushi roll, bowl or salad with their selection of "simple, natural and (when at all possible) local ingredients." They offer a diverse selection of non-traditional proteins, including steak, chicken and roasted tofu, but the classic tuna and salmon rolls remain among the most popular.
Photo via Facebook.com/EatFusian
The Loving Hut
6227 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
The mission behind Loving Hut is to offer affordable, healthy, vegan cuisine. The restaurant’s environment was created using many found, reclaimed and reused materials. For disposable goods like containers, cups and utensils, they choose biodegradable and/or recyclable products. As far as the menu, there are tons of panini, wraps, sandwiches and burgers to choose from. 
Photo via Facebook.com/LovingHutCincinnati

The Loving Hut

6227 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
The mission behind Loving Hut is to offer affordable, healthy, vegan cuisine. The restaurant’s environment was created using many found, reclaimed and reused materials. For disposable goods like containers, cups and utensils, they choose biodegradable and/or recyclable products. As far as the menu, there are tons of panini, wraps, sandwiches and burgers to choose from.
Photo via Facebook.com/LovingHutCincinnati
Essen
1 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine
Essen is no ordinary take-away. The take-out and delivery kitchen, which opened in the fall of 2018 in Over-the-Rhine, aims to bring a new kind of menu to the Cincinnati restaurant scene. Sure, Essen serves soups, salads and sandwiches like any other respectable establishment, but there aren’t any chicken Caesars or ham-and-Swiss sammies to be found here. In fact, this kitchen doesn’t stock any meat, dairy or eggs at all: The entire menu is plant-based.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Essen

1 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine
Essen is no ordinary take-away. The take-out and delivery kitchen, which opened in the fall of 2018 in Over-the-Rhine, aims to bring a new kind of menu to the Cincinnati restaurant scene. Sure, Essen serves soups, salads and sandwiches like any other respectable establishment, but there aren’t any chicken Caesars or ham-and-Swiss sammies to be found here. In fact, this kitchen doesn’t stock any meat, dairy or eggs at all: The entire menu is plant-based.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Melt Revival
4100 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diners aren’t an afterthought at Melt. But no worries — the carnivorous can feast, too. A plethora of sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads tempt every palate. Sandwiches include items like the veggie cheesesteak made with seitan and The Rachel, a smoked turkey sandwich with red cabbage, apple sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. Don't forget the incredibly delicious vegetarian chili. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Melt Revival

4100 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diners aren’t an afterthought at Melt. But no worries — the carnivorous can feast, too. A plethora of sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads tempt every palate. Sandwiches include items like the veggie cheesesteak made with seitan and The Rachel, a smoked turkey sandwich with red cabbage, apple sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. Don't forget the incredibly delicious vegetarian chili.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Abigail Street
1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
The Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates revels in Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Greek influences, with unique twists — chorizo-stuffed dates, grilled octopus, batata and more. Wines are available on tap, by the bottle or the glass.
Photo via Facebook.com/AbigailWineBar

Abigail Street

1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
The Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates revels in Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Greek influences, with unique twists — chorizo-stuffed dates, grilled octopus, batata and more. Wines are available on tap, by the bottle or the glass.
Photo via Facebook.com/AbigailWineBar
Total Juice Plus
631 Vine St., Downtown
Family-owned and operated since 1997, Total Juice Plus has been serving healthy options to the downtown area for over 20 years. Their wraps, smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices include vegetarian-friendly options and offer a healthy alternative for lunch hour at a reasonable price. Add boosters to your smoothie like spirulina, bee pollen, ginseng or brewers yeast or just stop in for a wheat grass shot.
Photo via Facebook.com/TotalJuicePlus

Total Juice Plus

631 Vine St., Downtown
Family-owned and operated since 1997, Total Juice Plus has been serving healthy options to the downtown area for over 20 years. Their wraps, smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices include vegetarian-friendly options and offer a healthy alternative for lunch hour at a reasonable price. Add boosters to your smoothie like spirulina, bee pollen, ginseng or brewers yeast or just stop in for a wheat grass shot.
Photo via Facebook.com/TotalJuicePlus