Don’t have time for a meal in a restaurant but still want to feed your family a healthy dinner? Believe it or not, you can get a fast, yet healthy, meal right here in Greenville. Local Mom Lindy put together this list, including local spots for a quick and healthy meal that even your kids will like.
I recently wrote up a list of alternatives to the fast-food drive-thru’s and it was so popular, Kidding Around Greenville readers wanted a list of even more quick-service restaurants with healthier food options. So below are some of your favorites 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 & Quick Places for Dining In With Kids (that don’t have drive-thrus)
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!
With two locations, Zoe’s Kitchen is a great place for healthier fare. Both the Woodruff road and Laurens road locations offer online ordering for quick pick up, possible delivery coming later this year. We’ve gone a few times and always liked it.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
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. Kids eat free on Tuesdays as well.
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 the nearby splash pad. Papi’s Tacos now has a location in Easley.
O-CHA Tea Bar
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.
Farm Fresh Fast
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.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe
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.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Delicious gyros, salads, platters with chicken or lamb, and great side choices 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.
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.
As always let us know if you have any other recommendations. We love hearing from our readers!