Eating Well & Healthy in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano:
Restaurants, Grab & Go Plates, and Grocery Stores
It seems there is always a new diet fad or way of eating: Paleo, Keto, Whole 30, High-Protein, Vegetarian, Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten Free,
Anti-inflammatory, non-GMO, organic--or simply balanced. How are the restaurants, grocers, prepared meal kitchens supposed to keep up? Or do you just
"give up" when dining out at your favorite restaurant?
While the list of restaurants that offer healthy options is endless, this page is reserved for those restaurants with the primary business model
focus on providing a healthy menu contributing to your overall wellness. This will include using whole ingredients (organic, when possible),
primarily locally sourced, farm-to-table.
Key for Adult Meal Prices:
Grab & Go Plates
This company provides meals, snacks and beverages for whatever meal plan works with your version of "healthy". You can pre-order and pick up on meal
or a week's worth by type (Keto, Whole30, Paleo, etc.) or by what looks tasty. Website states "team of of chefs and dietitians develop delicious
meals with well-sourced ingredients giving you a balance of veggies, high-quality protein, and healthy fats."
5717 Legacy Dr, Plano
Restaurants Serving Healthy Food: Gluten Free, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Vegan and More
Their Facebook page states that their mission is "making healthy eating convenient and affordable." We liked that most entree options are vegetable
based with a choice of protein, and you could get them in a wrap, burrito, bowl, soup or salad. Healthified kid-friendly food is on the menu such as
a cheesy chicken quesadilla. Also offered are sweet energy bites made of peanut butter, honey, oats, coconut, chocolate chips and frozen kefir.
The food here is always delicious and reasonably priced for the quality. Fast casual.
190 E Stacy Rd #1420, Allen
(facing the depot playground)
6635 Cowboys Way #105, Frisco
Website states "conceived to connect diners with the local food system in McKinney, Texas." Menu is seasonal and includes organic vegetables,
flowers, and honey grown at the farm in Lucas, Texas owned by the owners of Harvest.
112 E Louisiana St, McKinney
Vegan, sugar free, dairy free (gluten free optional) acai bowls. Paninis, fresh juices and smoothies packed with healthy, tasty ingredients.
9133 Preston Rd #200, Frisco
Farm to table restaurant serving familiar foods from scratch--meaning, they cure their own meats and bake their breads. As the owner, Rich, told us,
"that means it takes us about nine hours to make a sandwich--but it's worth it!" Rich purchases from local farm co-ops whenever possible.
7110 Main St, Frisco
Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
Fans of the butcher shop in McKinney know well the quality served here. Serving the finest meats available sourced through their own butcher shop,
which are always free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics. Be sure to attend a Steak 101 class at the butcher shop on Tennessee St.
350 E Louisiana St Suite A, McKinney
Modern Market Eatery
Promoting clean eating with ingredients that are clean and simple, the restaurants operate within a network of farmers, ranchers and suppliers who use
sustainable practices. No antibiotics or anything artificial. Kids menu includes pizza with organic red sauce and Mac n Cheese with organic noodles.
8400 Preston Rd Suite 100, Plano
2100 Dallas Pkwy Suite 126, Plano
1411 E Renner Rd Ste 500, Richardson
Plant-based, whole food from whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit with at least 75% organic ingredients. No GMOs, all vegan.
8404 Preston Rd Ste. 226, Plano
Serving the freshest food possible, made to order with whole ingredients. Menu items for kids include sandwiches on locally sourced bread and
whole wheat cheese crisps with optional chicken or steak.
5717 Legacy Dr #185, Plano
A true farm-to-table restaurant serving and selling minimally-processed food. Market Chef Robert Lyford is behind many of the farm-to-table meals
held in McKinney.
116 N Tennessee St #102, McKinney
100% rice flour naturally gluten free crepes, using only the freshest ingredients to create savory and sweet crepes. On our visit we were impressed
to see the attention to detail by the staff who prepared our crepe as he picked through each piece of spinach and selected the freshest--just as we
would at home.
9292 Warren Parkway Ste 240, Frisco
True Food Kitchen
The website states, "a restaurant inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse." The founder is Dr. Andrew Weil, who
works with chefs to create delicious, anti-inflammatory recipes. We love this restaurant and always walk away satisfied with the amazing flavors and
value. Casual, sit down dining.
7601 Windrose Ave Suite F100, Plano
UP Inspired Kitchen
Honestly sourced, chef-driven menu serving breakfast, lunch and coffee. Creating meals for Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan.
5285 Dallas Pkwy #400, Frisco
A super-food, fast casual cafe specializing in making delicious acai bowls, which are a thick blend of the acai berry topped with organic granola
and a selection of superfood ingredients. Paninis, soup and salad also available. Made fresh to order and in a kitchen designed to avoid cross
contamination of common food allergens. No ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives are used.
5105 Eldorado Pkwy #160, Frisco
5729 Lebanon Rd Suite 110, Frisco
Grocers Specializing in Organic Foods
Surprised? Many people are not aware that Costco carries many of the same organic items at your local specialty grocer--in large quantities and
at a substantial discount. Multiple locations within Collin County.
Located just south of the Collin County line, this grocer is listed for its commitment to selling 100% organic foods and nutritional education
made available through their good4u Crew.
677 W Campbell Rd #100, Richardson
Sprouts Farmers Market
Their website states "a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices." While a regional chain, this is a local's
favorite for quality food at great value. They are well-known for their large produce selection and provide great rotating sales on health &
nutrition items, meat, and produce. Sprouts' knowledgeable team members in their Vitamins and Supplement Department are eager to answer your
questions. Multiple locations throughout Collin County.
Organic foods are available here and there is a little known fact about TJs: Anything with their private label does not include genetically modified
ingredients (GMOs), artificial flavors, preservatives, MSG, or partially hydrogenated oils (artificial trans-fats).
Whole Foods Market
Natural and organic foods. Their website states "we don't allow hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or more than 100
colors, flavors and preservatives commonly found in food." Mltiple locations within Collin County.
Farms, Ranches, Specialty Stores
For a list of locations to purchase locally-sourced, whole foods please click on link above.
Restaurants Serving Healthy Plates We Loved; Now Closed
Lyfe Kitchen, Plano
This menu was based on balance using high-quality ingredients such as grass-fed beef and real maple syrup.
Start Restaurant, Frisco
It seems this great quick-service restaurant closed as quickly as it opened. Their website read, "handmade healthy, drive-thru fast." So why didn't
it stick around? We had tried breakfast and lunch and thought it was pretty good, the prices were on the higher side (for the quality). Perhaps
it was the out-of-the-way location?
We had very much enjoyed the grilled chicken sandwich, fish tacos, and side of roasted potatoes we tried. As several Yelp posters stated, the food
was nutritious and filling. Perhaps the slightly higher prices were to blame for their demise?
May 5, 2019