If the thought of eating a steaming bowl of chili doesn’t quite whet your appetite on a 100-degree South Texas day, you’re not alone. Hearty food may be great during the cooler months, but no one likes to feel stuffed when they are on their way to the pool.
This month, we are exploring the lighter side of San Antonio. At these five Alamo City restaurants, healthy hardly means boring. Give any one of them a try before setting out on a day of summer fun.
“Enlightenment: one taco at a time” is the tagline for this Alamo Heights restaurant. Though it serves the kind of Tex-Mex your doctor will approve of, Adelante's dishes are still full of flavor. The enchiladas are still covered in piquant sauces, and the nachos are still covered in cheese, but the meats are leaner, the beans are not refried, and the veggie options are filling enough to keep you satisfied. Make sure you order the daily tamale special with unconventional fillings like mushroom.
Part laundromat, part car wash, part community hub, there’s really nothing like The Cove in San Antonio. It also happens to be one of the city's best places to eat. Owner Lisa Asvestas is committed to sustainable, organic, and local cuisine (or, as she calls it, SOL food) at her quirky concept, but that doesn’t mean all of it is light. Bypass a gut-busting burger and opt for fish tacos with a drizzle of spicy poblano sauce or the Yard Bird grilled chicken sandwich.
The Good Kind
Craving a creamy bowl of mac ’n’ cheese or maybe a stacked BLT? The Good Kind owner Tim “The Girl” McDiarmid knows that food needs to do right by the body and the soul. So even in the more indulgent dishes, she makes sure to source from local purveyors and use vegetables that haven’t been zapped of nutrients. Yes, you can top one of her market bowls with beef meatballs or even bacon, but the legumes and greens are so healthful, you’ll still be ahead of the curve.
For some, it may be necessary to eliminate things like dairy or processed sugar from your diet. But wellness shouldn’t have to mean sacrifice. Using the freshest organic ingredients and focusing on international flavors, chef Elizabeth Johnson proves that fitness can have finesse. The vibrant meals at PharmTable include colorful bowls loaded with pickled and roasted veggies, gluten-free pizzas, and desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth without causing a sugar spike. Order for delivery or pick-up, and you’ll never again feel like you are missing out.
Southern food didn’t become America’s favorite for nothing. Loaded with butter, smoked meats, and lard, it appeals to our decadent culinary desires. So it’s a small miracle that Sweet Yams is able to still get the flavor of traditional recipes with a heck of a lot less fat. Order the delicious Ark-La-Tex gumbo with a gluten-free roux and organic brown rice, and load up on sides like vegan mustard and collard greens or red beans and rice.