20 Terrific Houston Restaurants for Eating Healthy While Staying Social

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Pondicheri can take all comers.

Indulge in crispy, goat-filled fried samosas and butter chicken, or keep it healthy with an all-veg Yogi Thali and grilled fish marinated in a fragrant blend of turmeric, amchur and ajwain with a side of sautéed greens and raita.

RDG + Bar Annie

It's said you can never be too rich or too thin. I happen to disagree, but it makes sense that the concentration of wealth found at RDG + Bar Annie would demand delicious, low-calorie, low-carb or low-fat dishes alongside the New York strip steaks and Cobb salads. RDG delivers with roasted rainbow trout, grilled salmon, grilled redfish, a roasted Gulf crab and seared avocado salad, ahi tuna with roasted beets and much, much more.


Go nuts with lamb heart tartare and cured foie gras, or keep it simple with lean-and-mean dishes like a quinoa-and-spinach-stuffed poblano pepper with red beet mash and baked Patagonia salmon.

Roots Bistro / Roots Juice

Your friends can tear into a skillet of coppa mac 'n' cheese or salami flatbread from the wood-fired oven while you can enjoy smoked fish with vegetables, raw beet ravioli, half a smoked chicken or a creamy kale-and-avocado salad.

Ruggles Green

Perhaps one of the best places in town for healthy eaters to take their friends, and vice versa, Ruggles Green offers a color-coded menu showing which items are dairy-free, vegetarian and gluten-free. Try the quinoa mac 'n' cheese for a serious indulgence, or grab a lean buffalo burger.

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Sammy's Wild Game Grill offers plenty of - you guessed it - wild game.
Sammy's Wild Game Grill

As at Cafe TH, it's easy to adhere to a paleo diet (if that's your thing) at Sammy's thanks to the prevalence of paleo-approved wild game on the menu. You've had a salad topped with grilled chicken, but what about grilled kangaroo, llama, antelope or ostrich? For everyone else, the Sammy's Wild Fries (topped with a fried egg) and wild game hot dogs are surefire wins.

Vinoteca Poscol

The finger sandwiches ("tramezzini") are a fun, light way to indulge in pairings like smoked salmon and robiola, but the real draw here for healthy eaters is Poscol's terrific verdura menu of vegetables for only $6 each: roasted parsnips and carrots with a sprinkling of salty reggiano cheese, for example, or beets roasted in cartoccio. For something more substantial, there's baked cod and braised calamari in a red wine sauce.

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FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Bubba's Burger Shack:  The only place a Real Texan should diet.


The Ironman Jay is tasty too-at Cafe TH!

conebaby topcommenter

RE: Turulu Turulu --- Last time I tried to order that they told me it was no longer on the menu. I want to eat that!


Love that pic of La Fisheria ceviche. I think it's the perfect place to eat light. They have a bar bites menu from 3-5pm that has smaller portions for about $5. Trouble is I like the drinks there too much and they have calories

texmex01 topcommenter

"salads aren't nearly as healthy as the advertising industry has tricked us into believing"  

if it comes in a crunchy bowl, its best to pass on it......

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

Barnaby's for sure! Excellent turkey burger with daily veggies on the side.

kshilcutt moderator editor

@texmex01 Does this mean the taco salad I ordered for lunch is no bueno?

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