It’s easy to let our healthy habits slide when faced with our busy lifestyles. While eating out is convenient, what’s on the menu might not fit into your family’s wholesome meal plan. You want a place that serves delicious dishes that are also good for you. Here are six health eateries around Sugarloaf that will please even your pickiest child.

The Nest Cafe

Young boy eating at a Duluth restaurant.
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Your little ones will gobble up the wholesome goodies at The Nest Cafe. This convenient neighborhood favorite eatery offers welcoming, friendly service that makes dining here feel almost like home. It’s a terrific destination for a healthy family breakfast or even a lunch date for mom and dad.

Browse The Nest’s menu. The chef filled it with a variety of wholesome made-to-order options. There’s something for everyone, from savory to sweet and everything in between. You can also change any dish to fit your taste because the staff here understands that everyone has different dietary needs.

Fill up with a bowl of scratch-made soup and a gluten-free turkey and brie wrap, or dig into a fresh Greek salad with kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese. Nourish your children’s growing body with kid’s menu choices your picky eaters will actually eat, like a PB&J Sandwich or the Kids Quesadilla. Find The Nest Cafe on Canton Street in Alpharetta or check out its new location in Milton on Heritage Walk. It’s open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


If you’re like the Sugarloaf parents we talk with every day, you’ve started to pay closer attention to what’s on the table. That’s why we recommend VeGreen on Old Norcross Road. The owners did a beautiful job decorating this open and airy eatery. The service is always impeccable, and even your preschoolers will feel welcome. This vegetarian Asian fusion restaurant will hit the spot whenever you need a healthy fix, and everything on the menu is delectable, so you can’t go wrong.

You’ll love the shrimp tempura rolls or order a family-style feast. Start off with some appetizers. We recommend the veggie spring rolls, fried kale chips, and salt pepper calamari. For entrees, the veggie lo mein, sesame chicken, and yellow curry chicken are all mouthwatering options. Dine at VeGreen Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on weekends until 9:30 p.m.


Some local Sugarloaf families are even going vegan. If this sounds like you, consider ordering dinner from Veganaire. This eatery made our list because it serves yummy transitional food designed to tempt new vegans. So if you’re curious about living a plant-based lifestyle, go here first. They cook everything to order, and it’s take-out only, so plan to go.

Veganaire’s long list of fresh food includes Chef Shay’s Classic Shrimp Po Boy. You’ll never believe it’s not the real deal. The cooks serve it on a dairy-free roll with all the fixings, then top it with a bold Cajun sauce. It eats just like real shrimp, and the fries are just as tasty. If a burger is more your thing, give the Big Island a try. It features the sweet and savory bite of grilled pineapple and barbeque. With a vegan patty and plant-based bacon, it’s so big, you can save half for later.

Another terrific thing about this pick is the biodegradable paper boxes it uses. We always appreciate this earth-friendly approach from the eateries we frequent. Veganaire serves healthy fare that your family will love from its location on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. Its open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

Noona Meat and Seafood

It’s tricky to find time to cook your family a nutritious meal every day. Thankfully, with healthy eateries like Noona Meat and Seafood near home, you don’t have to. You and the kids may just become a regular with Korean-inspired meals that are good for you, like its Angus beef steaks.

This modern steakhouse is one of Georgia’s best purveyors of healthy dishes off its 9-foot wood-burning hearth. Chef A.J. Binion’s award-winning menu features wet and dry-aged beef and all your seafood favorites from wild-caught shrimp to the freshest oysters. There’s an extensive wine list and an interesting selection of craft beers, and classic prohibition-era cocktails.

Find this top eatery in historic downtown Duluth on West Lawrenceville Street. It’s open for dinner every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.

The Falling Rabbit

If you’re looking for tasty food that’s good for you, you won’t believe your tastebuds after a trip to the Falling Rabbit. This chef-owned restaurant touts a whimsical yet cozy dining room and a long list of ever-changing, seasonally driven fare, like grilled oysters, confit chicken, and steak tartare.

Ensure your children get the right amount of nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong with dishes they’ll love like meatballs with chili and fennel aioli. Enjoy a unique fine-dining experience at The Falling Rabbit on West Lawrenceville Street. Its open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Arepita Cafe

Next time you want to treat your family to a healthy meal while you’re out, stop by the Arepita Cafe. Chefs Gabriel Pérez and Randy Norwood combine their years of experience to bring you this top local Venezuelan eatery in the Saddle Brook Shopping Center.

You’ll love its delicious ethnic foods, like the gluten-free, vegetarian lentil soup with peppers and mushrooms. Its a terrific place to start, and if you need something more filling, move on to a rare Ahi tuna salad with mixed greens. Don’t forget to stop by on National Cheese or National Egg Days for a corresponding celebratory menu.

Well, there you go! Crème de la Crème of Sugarloaf shared this guide to six of the city’s top healthy eateries with you. What do you think of our choices? Let us know if we forgot your family’s favorite place to fill up on nutritious foods. Send us a note so we can add your ideas to our next guide.