Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Looking for a healthy snack? Here’s 5 options around the Port City

Looking for a healthy fix? Port City Daily has you covered. (Port City Daily photo / FILE PHOTO)

WILMINGTON — Heading out for a bite to eat this weekend? Looking to keep it on the healthy side of things? The Port City offers a range of options to satisfy everyone, from vegetarians and fitness gurus, to those looking to detox from a night on the town.

To help you find the right choice for your healthy fix, Port City Daily has compiled a list of restaurants, juice bars and shops around town that can help you get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.

Epic Food Co.

Epic Food Co., located in The Forum across from Mayfaire, markets itself as a “casual, modern eatery,” designed to serve “energetic people in the community,” with fast, fresh, organic food.

Founded in March of 2012 by Chef James Bain, Epic uses locally sourced, fresh products to offer a range of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The restaurant caters to those with specific healthy diets, with gluten and dairy free options, in addition to those with a vegan or paleo diets. With options like the “Brussels with Hustle” salad, to items like the Thai Wrap, Black Bean Veggie Burger and even a build your own “Power Bowl” that includes a choice of dish, protein and side.

Epic also offers things like chicken tenders, burgers, a full children’s menu, as well as a selection of beers and wine after 5 p.m.

Epic Food Co. is located at 1113 Military Cutoff Road. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clean Juice

Clean Juice, a Charlotte based juice bar founded in 2014, is an alternative to other juice shops. Clean Juice offers USDA Certified Organic products, designed to help customers benefit from a “higher nutrient content.”

The juice shop provides a range of beverages, from energy blends to immunity boosters. In addition to juices, Clean Juice offers things like acai and oats bowls, avocado and banana toast, as well as protein smoothies.

Clean Juice is located at 917 Innovation Drive, in the Mayfaire shopping center. The juice shop is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sealevel City Gourmet

With a variety of of vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and sushi options, check out Sealevel City Gourmet. Pictured is the "vegan Tempura Sushi Dog." (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY SEALEVEL CITY GOURMET)
With a variety of of vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and sushi options, check out Sealevel City Gourmet. Pictured is the “vegan Tempura Sushi Dog.” (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY SEALEVEL CITY GOURMET)

Sealevel City Gourmet offers a healthy take on a wide variety of international cuisine, as well as American Classics.

Founded in 2013 by Chef Nikki Spears, the restaurant specializes in vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as sushi and seafood. The menu includes things like kale nachos, gluten-free Mexican pizza, a shrimp burger, and even a vegan taco dinner.

Sealevel City Gourmet is located at 1015 S. Kerr Ave., and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner. For the latest specials and deals, be sure to follow them on Facebook.

Tidal Creek Food Co-op

Tidal Creek Co-op is a community owned health foods market and café, promoting local organically grown products that “support health and well-being.”

Founded in 1982, this Wilmington business offers a wide variety of groceries, from beer and wine, to bread, meat, cheese, and produce. In the café, you can find “freshly” prepared items in their self-service hot bar and salad bar, smoothies, juices, in addition to vegan and gluten free baked goods.

Tidal Creek Co-op is a community owned health foods market and café, promoting local organically grown products that "support health and well-being." (Port City Daily photo/FILE PHOTO)
Tidal Creek Co-op is a community owned health foods market and café, promoting local organically grown products that “support health and well-being.” (Port City Daily photo / FILE PHOTO)

The co-op also plays host to a variety of community events, from Goat Yoga, to live music and fundraising projects.

Tidal Creek is located at 5329 Oleander Drive, right across the street from Jungle Rapids, and is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

SurfBerry

A SurfBerry Acai Bowl. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY SURFBERRY)
A SurfBerry Acai Bowl. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY SURFBERRY)

SurfBerry is a combination café and outdoor rentals in Wrightsville Beach. Their mission is to “educate about the life enhancing qualities of healthy eating and active living, while supporting community wellness.”

The shop specializes in “100 percent” organic juices, superfood smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, locally grown wheatgrass shots, cold press juice cleanses, fair trade coffee, protein and energy snacks, as well as frozen yogurt and organic milk shakes.

In addition to their wide variety of snacks, SurfBerry also offers vegan protein supplements, to ensure there’s “something for everyone.”

SurfBerry is located at 222 Causeway Drive, in Wrightsville Beach, and are open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Have another business to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.


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