Acclaimed chef Ana Sortun’s Cambridge bakery is a favorite for decadent treats like Chocolate Chunk Cookies and orange blossom-glazed Morning Buns, but nutritious meals also abound at Sofra—with a healthy dose of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. We love the Romaine & Black Kale salad with tahini Caesar, pita croutons, pickled celery root, and halloumi cheese; as well as the Meze Platter featuring a colorful display of dips including beet tzatziki, spiced butternut squash and couscous, and more.
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Have you ever noticed that salads taste so much better from a restaurant than your own kitchen? (It can't be just us!) From the fresh fruits and vegetables we can never seem to stock at home, to crunchy accoutrements and lively dressings, our grocery runs can't compete. While staying home to stay healthy, we’re also following our cravings for healthy food to these Boston-area restaurants. Check out these spots offering flavor-packed bowls for takeout, made with wholesome grains and produce.
Another local bakery chain that is chock-full of meals and snacks is Flour Bakery + Café, which has several locations around Boston and Cambridge all open for in-person visits, takeout, and delivery. It’s not all Sticky Sticky Buns and James Beard Award-winning baked goods: We crave Flour’s healthy food like Heirloom Carrot + Farro Salad with mustard greens, pickled giardiniera, dried fruit, multigrain croutons, spiced almonds, and parmesan-garlic vinaigrette; and the Chopped Greek Salad with lemon-thyme chicken, chickpeas, olives, banana pepper, and Green Goddess dressing.
Even if you’re social distancing to stay healthy, you’ll be well-served by Hi-Rise Bread Company on Concord Ave. in Cambridge’s Observatory Hill. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and take-home dinner, with the “Hi-Rise Larder” stocked with grocery staples including fruits and vegetables, herbs and aromatics, eggs, cheese, and more. Plus, you can Design Your Own Salad with your choice of base greens, three vegetables, and a dressing, customizable with proteins and other toppings. Healthy choices beyond salads exist, too, like a Black Bean Bowl with rice and avocado, or Avocado Toast on Nordic rye bread with pico de gallo.
Local vegan chain Life Alive continues to offer takeout and delivery even after reopening its cafés for dining in around Boston, Brookline, and the ’burbs. If you feel like having a nutritious meal or healthy juice, you can count on Life Alive, which supplies smoothies, tonics, and tons of creative salads and grain-based bowls. Our favorite is the Green Goddess, piled high with brown rice, broccoli, kale, avocado, and ginger tamari sauce. You can also order multi-day Meal Plans from this vegetarian-friendly favorite, as well as a la carte sides like Tahini Hummus or Whipped Sweet Potato.
Anoush'ella Saj Kitchen
This mom-and-pop shop with locations in the South End and at Fenway’s Time Out Market serves up Armenian and Lebanese comfort food of its founders’ childhoods. Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen is best known for m’anoush flatbread, quickly griddled to order on a traditional saj, then hand-rolled around authentic Eastern Mediterranean ingredients, such as Lentil Kofta with red-pepper paste and bulgur; and sweets like a Labne Parfait featuring granola, berries, and honey. Saj chips add texture to craveable salads like Fattoush, which crowns a peppery pile of greens and herbs with tomato, cucumber, red pepper-pickled onions, sumac, and a house-made pomegranate vinaigrette.