When it comes to cool weather, changing leaves, and holiday feels, you may find side effects include a desire to chow down on some serious comfort food. Comfort food that isn’t exactly healthful. You’re baking, cooking, eating out, trying new restaurants – we get it, the struggle is real. That’s where Healthy Options comes in. The following is a list of restaurants that offer a good number heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium in the Downtown Buffalo area. Happy healthy eating!
Ashker’s Cafe and Juice Bar
1002 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Hours: 7am – 10pm Mon-Sat, 9am – 5pm Sun
A local favorite in the Elmwood Village, Ashker’s excels at house-pressed juices, fresh smoothies, and healthy cafe fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Healthy options include items like Veggie Egg White Omlete with Toast, Berry Banana Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, a Black Bean Veggie Burger Wrap, and more!
2634 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Anderson’s is more than just an adorable ice cream shop, with plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner including healthy options like a Grilled All Natural Chicken Sandwich on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato, Barbecue Beef on a kaiser roll, and All Natural Roast Beef Sandwich on a kaiser roll. Plus they have a variety of salads and even some healthful desserts.
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse
41 Virginia Place, Buffalo, 14202
Hours: Mon – Wed: 11:30am – 10:00pm, Thursday: 11:30am – 11:00pm, Friday: 11:30am – 12:00am, Saturday: 11:30am – 12:00am, Sunday: 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Surprised to see a barbecue joint on this list? Don’t be! Fat Bob’s is filled with delicious and nutritious options like Texas Chili, Spice Rubbed Blackened Catfish or Salmon, and Creole Chicken Salad.
1322 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 AND 534 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Hours: Mon – Sat 10:30 – 8:30, Sunday 10:30 – 4:30
Both Joe’s Deli locations are great for a casual lunch or dinner stop in their respective neighborhoods of North Buffalo and Elmwood Village. Expect healthy options like the Thai Chicken Wrap and the Big Mike Pesto Chicken Salad Wrap.
5 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Hours: BRUNCH Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., LUNCH Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., DINNER - Monday – Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 5 – 11 p.m.
When we think seafood, we think healthy, and man does Oshun have that covered. This casual yet sophisticated restaurant and oyster bar offers healthy options like Bay Scallop Ceviche. Yum!
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
76 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14202
This downtown staple does a lot of things well including brewing their own beer, private parties, a hoppin’ bar scene, and you guessed it, healthy options! Enjoy dishes like The Gobbler with a side salad, Mahi Mahi, The Tree Hugger, Chargrilled Chicken Salad, a Small Vegetable Pizza, and more without too much guilt.
What is Healthy Options Buffalo?
The aforementioned restaurants are members of the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Buffalo program for 2016. The Healthy Options program was designed to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium. To learn more about the Healthy Options program and to check out more great participating Healthy Options restaurants visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.