Where to Grab a Healthy and Fast Meal in Greenville, SC

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If you don’t have time for a meal in a restaurant but still want to feed your family a healthy dinner, then these healthy restaurants Greenville, SC has to offer will complete your dinner menu! Believe it or not, you can get a fast, yet healthy, meal right here in Greenville.

Local Mom Lindy put together this list of local spots for a quick and healthy meal that even your kids will like.

Healthy places to eat in Greenville, South Carolina
Taco from Papi’s Tacos

I recently wrote up a list of alternatives to the fast-food drive-thru’s and it was so popular that Kidding Around Greenville readers wanted a list of even more quick-service restaurants with healthier food options. So below are some of your favorite spots for a quick bite with kids (a couple of these even have a pickup window!). Note: We did not relist the places that made our first list of healthy drive-thru spots. Be sure to check that out too as almost all of the places on that list offer dine-in too.

Healthy Restaurants: Greenville, SC Quick Places for Dining In With Kids (that don’t have drive-thrus)


903 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC

Located off Wade Hampton, Asada is an authentic Mexican joint that gets rave reviews from our community for everything from the more familiar burrito to the exotic yucca balls. Their brunch looks tempting too!

Clean Eatz

3608 Pelham Road Suite C, Greenville, SC

Want something quick, super duper healthy, but also full of flavor? Then Clean Eatz is a place you HAVE to try. They have burgers, wraps, build-your-own bowls, and more. I highly recommend building your own bowl, because there are so many options to make your meal. Their Chocolate Covered Strawberry protein smoothie is the perfect amount of sweet. They even have a healthy kid’s menu, with things like pizza rolls and turkey burgers.

Farm Fresh Fast

860 South Church Street, Greenville, SC

As one of the most highly recommended healthy restaurants Greenville, SC has to offer, Farm Fresh Fast is where it is at! Busy families can subscribe to a meal plan with delivery, so you’ll always know where dinner (or lunch or breakfast) is coming from. If you just need something quick one night you can call ahead to order a single meal for pick-up, or just drop by their restaurant on Church Street for a meal. You don’t have to be a subscriber to eat here. Farm Fresh Fast uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients, for farm-fresh food, fast.

We loved Farm Fresh Fast, simply because the food was quick, healthy, and tasty! Learn more in our KA review of Farm Fresh Fast.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Multiple Locations

Ironically based out of Atlanta (aka the South EAST), Moe’s is nonetheless pretty good as far as this born and raised Southwesterner is concerned. Much like Chipotle, there are many build-your-own options, but you get unlimited chips and a free salsa bar. So not as good for dieting, but delicious! You can also get birthday freebies and welcome free queso when you sign up for their email club.

O-CHA Tea Bar

300 River Street Ste 122, Greenville, SC

Though their focus is tea, their dining menu is delicious with many vegetarian options in addition to some amazing pastries. O-CHA Tea Bar is very kid-friendly – when I nursed my baby there a while back, the owner personally came over to thank me for nursing my child and let me know nursing mothers are always welcomed there.

Tamale from Papi's Tacos
Tamale from Papi’s Tacos

Papi’s Tacos

300 River Street, Greenville, SC

Downtown along the Reedy River, this “stationary food truck” is owned by fine dining experts at the above Lazy Goat. Kids will love the gelato and enjoy watching the geese in the Reedy River. Papi’s Tacos also has a location in Easley.

Find out why Papi’s Tacos is the place to go in Greenville when you are craving authentic Mexican tacos that are fresh in our KA review!

Sun Belly Cafe

1409 West Blue Ridge Drive, Greenville, SC

Have dietary restrictions and want something vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free? Sun Belly Cafe has a menu loaded with special diet items, but they do not skimp on the flavor! They have a variety of salads and unique, protein-loaded dishes to try out. If you like spicy, they have a savory Ethiopia Stew Plate that my husband always gets when you go here and literally salivates over. This place is probably not the best for families with picky eaters because they have a more adventurous menu, but there are options on the menu for everyone.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe

205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville, SC

It’s a popular local spot, but because of its delicious selections of soups, sandwiches, salads, and most recently pizza, all made with fresh, local ingredients, Swamp Rabbit Cafe deserves a spot in the realm of healthy eating out. We just won’t mention those fantastic scones, cookies, or cinnamon rolls.

Learn why the stecca is the best and you’ll never find cleaner, locally sourced products than at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe in our KA review!

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

3604 Pelham Road Ste A, Greenville, SC

Delicious gyros, salads, platters with chicken or lamb, and great side choices are available for dine-in or call ahead for pick-up. Taziki’s has some unique children’s meals, like chicken pitas. They also have great family to-go meal deals available.

Tropical Grille

Multiple Locations

With several locations in the area, Tropical Grille is perfect for any meal and super convenient. They have enough variety with their Cuban-themed menu to suit everyone in the family, no matter what they like, and the prices are very good for what you get.

Their sauces are also fabulous and they have lots of healthy options. Call ahead for pickup or drop-in for a quick, but delicious, dinner. They have a family option for dinner as well, which can last for a couple of meals.

A couple of the Tropical Grilled locations have drive-thrus, but the majority are dine-in or carry-out.

Viva Chicken

3624 B Pelham Road, Greenville
1139 Woodruff Road, Greenville

With meals built around delicious, farm-raised chicken, Viva Chicken is an excellent choice for a healthy quick meal. They even have sandwiches, wraps, salads, vegetarian options, and vegan options! They are known for their Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken, so you know it’s juicy.

You can grab a quarter chicken with two sides for only $10.25, or grab a whole chicken with sides for the entire family. You’ll find sides like plantains, yuca, or cilantro rice in addition to several signature sides you can choose from. Don’t forget the sauces! They are house-made daily and full of flavor.

Yum Bai SC

Food Truck: Schedule frequently changes

This is an excellent food truck option if you are looking for healthy restaurants. Greenville, SC’s own Yum Bai SC offers fusion Asian cuisine, and their consistently parked at some pretty awesome locations and breweries. You can find out where they are going to be located through their regular Facebook posts of their upcoming schedule.

Read our KA review of Yum Bai SC to learn more about their delicious Asian cuisine and get your hands on some of those Lemongrass steaks!

As always let us know if you have any other recommendations. We love hearing from our readers!

Complete Restaurant Guide to Greenville, SC

Learn about all the delicious food that Greenville, SC has to offer in our Ultimate Guide to Restaurants in Greenville!

About the Author
Lindy Wilson is a transplant to Greenville. She loves discovering her new home with her family and tends to be a bit crunchy. She enjoys cooking but not nearly as much as eating. She also likes shopping for a good deal.

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7 years ago

Tropical Grille is the best place hands down!! It’s local and not a chain! Support small business while having a delicious meal!

7 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Yes, we included Tropical Chicken on our first list because one of the locations has a Drive Thru window!

6 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Tropical Grille was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this list. We buy the family of 8 meal if we know we gave a really busy week ahead and it feeds out family of 3 all week.

6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Oh, yes! We love that place. Thanks for the reminder.