We all know how hard it is to find real food in DC when you’re on the go with your family or even by yourself. Thankfully, there are some great options that do exist if you’re searching for organic! Below is a list of the top ten establishments (in no particular order) where you can order or pick up items to go while out and about!
Coppi’s Organic Restaurant
This Cleveland Park establishment does great with their restaurant, but also offers pick up and delivery if you’re on the run! This family-owned and operated business has long-established relationships with organic farmers who provide organic and sustainable produce and meats.
First of all, their beef is 100% USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, free-ranged, and grounded at each location. If you have someone in your family that doesn’t eat beef or bread, they have many vegan and vegetarian whole grain burgers and an option of lettuce wrapping. If you’re looking for a smaller portion, order the kid-sized burger.
If you didn’t already know, 1/5 of Jason’s ingredients are organic! This include many of their menu items like their blue-corn tortilla chips, whole-wheat wraps, field greens, and spinach. If you’re trying to watch what you’re consuming, order the portion-control option that reduces the size of some items (and saves money). Order your sandwich on an organic whole-wheat wrap, and say hello to health!
Native Foods Cafe
Though Native Foods Café was originally from California, it has spread across the nation quickly because of the importance they have for vegan, organic cuisine. Their menu is 100% plant-based, making their vegan cuisine from scratch! Menu items include everything from salads and soups to nachos and chili. The culinary team here at Native Foods is remarkable, and you can see their compassion for both our environment and their meats in the food process.
Panera Bread is just doing healthy the right way. Though “bread” gives its negative connotations to the gluten-free or calorie-conscious consumer, Panera Bread offers a huge variety of choices that are good for you during any meal. Most of their chicken is antibiotic and hormone-free, which we all know is a rarity for large chains, and “organic” doesn’t stop with adults. Kids can order organic yogurt, all-natural peanut butter and jelly, or grilled organic cheese on white whole-grain bread. It’s a win-win for any family.
Sweetgreen is an all-around sweet place. Food-wise, they offer locally-sourced and often organic salads, and their meats are hormone and antibiotic-free. Your food is packed in100% plant-based compostable packaging, re-usable salad bowls and bags. Their facilities are created from reclaimed and Forest Stewardship Council-certified materials, low-VOC paint, and LED and fluorescent lighting. Done with your meal? Their kitchen composts food scraps, while customers can throw trash into composting and recycling stations.
Starting out as a small chain of convenience stores, they were able to grow bigger because they value the same thing as others — healthy items at a good cost. As much as possible, they bargain directly with their suppliers. Even though this Hawaiian-themed store is a chain, they offer some organic food, with vegetarian and vegan foods, natural hygiene products, household cleaners, and more. Stop in to get something to hold you over or a full meal, while picking up real food for your pet, too!
It’s hard not to add Whole Foods to the list of healthy, organic establishments. Whole Foods offers a full deli, vitamins, the freshest of veggies and fruits, natural body care products, groceries, and more. It’s trying to get away from the “whole paycheck” accolade it’s been deemed and have lowered the prices of many items, which is great for the health-conscious consumer. Their buffet of offerings is delectable. If you’re on the go, they have compostable to-go boxes. Even if you only have ten minutes to spare, take a seat and enjoy your lunch or dinner in their Whole Market.
Yes! Organic Market
We know it’s another market on the list, but markets are the best source for organic products! Take Yes! for example. They are committed to offering fresh, natural, and organic foods with their six establishments across the DC area. Don’t want to grab something while you’re out, have Yes! deliver to your home in as little as one hour.