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August 11, 2015

Happier meals: 5 healthier fast-food restaurants in Center City

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Hip City Veg Hip City Veg/Instagram


Fast food is often synonymous with fattening food. But that’s not always the case.

These days, there are plenty of places that focus on providing customers with quick meals that won’t sabotage their diets.

Below are five Center City Philadelphia restaurants offering healthier options for those in a hurry. 


127 S. 18th St.

Hip City Veg
HipCityVeg's mission is to combine fast food and fresh vegan food to create good-for-you burgers, fries, salads and more. (HipCityVeg/Instagram)

HipCityVeg is a plant-based fast-food restaurant located a stone's throw from Rittenhouse Square. The seating options are limited to a few tables and a counter with stools, but the nearby park makes a perfect place to eat your meal and people watch. 


110 S. 16th St.

Load your salad up with whole wheat noodles, free-range chicken, avocados and more. (Honeygrow/Facebook)

Honeygrow captures the convenience of custom-order meals (they use computer-screen ordering machines similar to Wawa) met with locally grown and sustainable ingredients.

The fast-food eatery is known for its endless topping salads and stir-fries. 


1225 Walnut St.

The tagline at Fuel is "Recharge Yourself." (Fuel/Facebook)

Fuel promises every meal on its menu is under 500 calories, but that doesn't mean munching on a plate of bland lettuce. 

According to its website, menu items include asparagus wrapped with smoked salmon topped with fresh melon, charred corn and olive oil and a summer Paleo salad made with mixed greens, watermelon, honey cashews and fresh figs in a Dijon lemon vinaigrette. 

Pure Fare

119 S. 21st St.

Pure Fare
Pure Fare offers a menu of mostly organic ingredients. (Pure Fare/Facebook)

Pure Fare's menu is 100 percent gluten-free and mostly organic and features items like homemade salads, sandwiches and smoothies made-to-order and to-go.

Animo Burrito & Juice Bar

1701 Arch St.

Amino Juice
Animo Juice also has a location in Haddonfield, N.J. (Animo Burrito & Juice Bar/Facebook)

Fresh-pressed juice meets burrito bar to create a satisfying and good-for-you one-stop foodie spot. The menu has breakfast burritos made with fresh, cage-free eggs.