Today we are going to be going on a deep dive into where to find healthy food and restaurants in Portland, Maine. We will try to cover all of the best places to get nutritious food in your area so that you can feel as good as possible after your meal.
Kicking things off will be the best local vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Mom always told you to eat your vegetables, well you certainly will be able to at these great venues.
Then we will get into some other healthy restaurants near you, plus discuss good salad bars and restaurants with good soups. Portland health food stores and markets will follow them up, buying nutritious foods and cooking meals yourself is a great way to know just how good your diet really is.
Smoothies and juice shops will come next, and we will get you out of here with a few gluten free bakeries that should also have plenty of low sugar sweets and treats. Stick around for our local healthy foods map at the end that will have all the places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
Plus you are welcome to read our other posts on the Northeast right here if you are interested.
Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants
Some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Portland would be:
- Silly’s at 68 Washington Ave
- Green Elephant at 608 Congress St
- Copper Branch at 5 Canal Plaza
Silly’s is a quirky establishment that serves vegetarian options, a range of sweets, burgers, and pizza. Green Elephant Vegetarian Restaurant is a meat-free Asian vegetarian bistro in your area that combines foods and flavors from Malaysia, Japan, China, India, and Thailand. The restaurant has a fantastic wine list with vegan and organic options, Portland beers, hand-mixed home-grown teas, locally roasted coffee, delicious Maine sodas, and a fantastic beer list.
Copper Branch focuses on plant-based and vegan healthful cuisine that uses high-quality foods and avoids GMO’s and frying who also has a catering service available.
Portland Healthy Restaurants
More healthy restaurants in your area are:
- LB Kitchen at 249 Congress St
- The Sinful Kitchen at 906 Brighton Ave
- Daily Greens at 28 Monument Sq 2nd fl
LB Kitchen is a cheerful counter-service restaurant that focuses on nutritious breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch. The Sinful Kitchen is a quaint nook filled with local art that serves made-to-order breakfast munchies, gluten-free options, and Filipino food.
Daily Greens serves exquisite salads, seasonal specials, and dressings that are all gluten-free and made from scratch.
Salad Bars Near You
These local salad bars should have plenty of nutritious foods to choose from:
- Back Bay Grill at 65 Portland St
- Street and Co at 33 Wharf St
- Duckfat at 43 Middle St
- David’s Restaurant at 22 Monument Sq
You should be able to find a wide variety of healthy salads in your area at any of the above. If you are after any particular salad check the links we gave and see if they are on their menu. Back Bay Grill serves mixed green salad as well as cucumber and pickled red onion salad.
The menu at Street and Co includes salads like arugula, Caesar, head lettuce, and cantaloupe. Green goddess salad and charred snap pea salad are available at Duckfat who is also known to sell some of the best soups near you.
Garden, house Caesar, street corn, roasted butternut squash, and grilled romaine heart salads are all available at Paddy Murphy’s in addition to some great soups. Burrata caprese salad, pickled beet salad, salad fresh Maine lobster flesh, classic Caesar, gorgeous greens, and demi salads are excellent options at at David’s.
Navis Café also serves really good salads.
These restaurants are known for their great soups:
- Navis Café at 56 Thames St
- Mi Sen Noodle at 630 Congress St
There are so many varieties of healthy soups at the above restaurants that we would fill up this page if we tried to list them all. It is probably best if you follow those links to see if they have the healthy soups that you desire.
Homemade, plain, and chowder soups are available at Navis Café and they even have many salads available. Shrimp and mushroom tom yum, tom kha, wonton, num Sai, tom yum, num Daeng, and green curry are all available at Mi Sen Noodle. Duckfat and Paddy Murphy’s are known for their soups.
Health Food Stores & Markets
Pick out your own produce at these Portland health food stores and markets:
- Lois’s Natural Marketplace At 47 India St
- Whole Foods Market at 2 Somerset St
- The Vitamin Shoppe 335 Maine Mall Rd
Smoothies & Juice Shops
There are plenty of smoothie and juice shops near you:
- Blake Orchard Juicery at 19 Exchange St
- Maine Juice Co. at 129 Spring St
- Maine Squeeze Juice Cafe at 5 1/2 Moulton St
- The Juicery at 5 1/2 Moulton St
Those local juice and smoothie shops have so many options we can’t even begin to list them all. We suggest you check out their menu and see if they sell the right juices and smoothies that you are searching for, and you can also see if they sell healthy meals or snacks like acai bowls or granola.
The Juicery offers smoothies such as very berry, kali mango, peanut butter bliss, whoa nellie, Bermuda bliss, espresso yourself, kale storm, acai energy, green light, prana, faster than light, pine mango beet tango, and sweet heat.
Gluten Free Bakeries In Your Area
Enjoy some fresh baked goodness at these gluten free bakeries:
- Bam Bam Bakery at 1054 Brighton Ave
- The Holy Donut at 194 Park Ave
- Bonobo at 46 Pine St
Cakes and cupcakes that are gluten-free are available at Bam Bam Bakery. The Holy Donut Bakery offers gluten-free donuts, cinnamon sugar, dark chocolate sea salt, glazed, the holy cannoli, and bacon cheddar filled donuts.
There are a lot of delicious gluten free pizzas available at Bonobo.
You can also read our posts on:
- Boston Healthy Eating Guide
- Providence Healthy Eating Guide
- New York City Healthy Eating Guide
- Montreal Healthy Eating Guide
Enjoy Eating Healthy In Portland
We wish we had more to share but for now that is all we’ve got. After reading about all of those local vegan and vegetarian restaurants, other healthy restaurants, salad bars, places to get great soup, health food stores and markets, smoothies and juice shops, and gluten free bakeries in your area it shouldn’t be hard for you to grab a delicious and nutritious meal in the near future.
While we try our best to keep these posts updated it isn’t easy, if you noticed anything incorrect on this page please let us know in the comments. Hopefully you enjoy eating healthy food at restaurants in Portland, Maine.