Healthy Eating in Rochester, New York

Looking for a place to find delicious, healthy food options while in Rochester, NY?  Here’s a list of our favorites in The Flower City.

Restaurants

The Owl House

(The Owl House)

Aladdin’s Natural Eatery

Mediterranean food, multiple locations in the Rochester area

California Rollin’ Sushi Bar

Three locations, Brooks Landing location serves more than just sushi

Edibles

a little pricey, but excellent food

The Owl House

vegan and gluten free options, menu features dishes made local ingredients

(after you’ve had dinner, hop across the street to Abundance for all your bulk nut butter needs!)

Napa Wood Fired Pizza

It’s still pizza, but of the pizza places in Rochester this is a great place to find healthier options (including gluten free dough) with a nice variety of veggie toppings and salads too.

La Tea Da

Be sure to check out Sugar Mountain in the same building if you’re looking for a sweet treat (without any leftovers!)

Lento

Pastured raised meats, local, seasonable produce

Sinbad’s Mediterranean Cuisine

Small restaurant in the Park Ave. area, lots of vegetable dishes!

Smaller Places and Coffee Shops

Boulder Coffee Company

Boulder Coffee – three locations, Brooks Ave., the South Wedge and the Public Market.  They serve vegetarian sandwiches with side salads, a good place for lunch!

Just Juice 4 Life

One of the few juice bars in Rochester!

Farmer’s Markets

South Wedge Farmers Market

(Most markets typically run April through October)

Southwedge Farmer’s Market

Thursday evenings at the corner of Clinton Ave. and Alexander St., behind Boulder Coffee and Napa Wood Fired Pizza.  Small.

Brighton Farmer’s Market

Sunday mornings, midsized market with only local vendors.

Public Market

Check website for days and hours, tons of vendors and produce, some local and organic, some conventional.  Parking can be an issue.

Fast Food

Chipotle

A Mexican style chain restaurant, gluten free and vegetarian options.  It’s still fast food, but the best of any McAlternatives.

Grocery Stores

Abundance Cooperative Market

Abundance

Small seating area, some prepared foods, free wifi, organic produce, bulk nut butters, Kombucha!  Lots of hippy food items and some general merchandise too.

Lori’s Natural Foods

Prepared foods, organic produce, groceries and general merchandise.

Trader Joes in Pittsford Plaza

Organic produce, unique food items.

Wegmans

Big selection of organic produce, Nature’s Market is their natural food section and most stores have a big selection of health food items.  The Pittsford store on Monroe Ave. should not be missed, it’s huge!  The Market Cafe is a great place to eat, most stores have free wifi in their dining areas.

Good Places for a Picnic

One of our favorite ways to eat a healthy meal away from home (especially with small children) is to stock up on some favorites from Wegmans and head to a local park with a blanket, from late spring to early fall.

Highland Park

new playground, lots of paved pathways for a nice walk after your meal.  Location of the Lilac Festival in mid May.

Brighton Town Park

playground, large pond, small wooded area with trails for a very short hike

Genesee Valley Park

two playgrounds, tennis courts, community outdoor pool, ice rink, nice hiking and biking paths along the Genesee River and Erie Canal trail

Cobbs Hill Resevoir

excellent view of the city, backed up by Washington Grove Park that has lots of trails for a small hike

Marie Daley Park

lots of shade, picnic tables and new playground

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