The Kind-Of-Healthy Delivery Guide

Not all delivery has to be full of carbs and cheese - these 13 spots make it easy to eat healthy at home.
The Kind-Of-Healthy Delivery Guide 

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No matter what TV commercials tell you, you don’t order delivery because you enjoy convincing people that this pizza is actually homemade. You do it because you’ve just gotten home from work and realized the only thing left in your fridge is an extremely questionable package of hot dogs.

But your go-to order of cheese and carbs isn’t going to cut it tonight - not just because eating healthy is important, but because, contrary to popular belief (or commercials), healthy food can actually taste very good. Don’t believe us? Order from one of these healthy delivery options and see for yourself.

For restaurants offering delivery and takeout for the first time during the coronavirus closures - or serving new specials - check out our guide to LA Restaurants With New Takeout & Delivery Options. If you’re looking for delivery or takeout for a specific mood, read our guide to LA’s Delivery & Takeout Options For Every Situation. And if your home bar is in serious need of a re-stock, we’ve got an Alcohol Delivery & Pick-Up Guide, too.

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We’re fully aware that you can come to this classic Thai restaurant in Hollywood and leave overstuffed. But if you want to stay healthy tonight, you can do that too - you just need to know what to order. The Tum Thai papaya salad is sweet, spicy, and refreshing, the kua gling is essentially minced chicken in curry paste, and while we haven’t done any official calorie counts on the crab curry, we can confirm our bodies always feel better after eating it.

There are lots of all-vegan restaurants in this city, but Sage is our favorite. Plus, when it comes to delivery, its three locations (West LA, Echo Park, and Pasadena) mean you’re never too far from one, either. Their cauliflower buffalo wings are their signature dish, for good reason - they taste better than most actual chicken wings in this town. If you’re throwing a party, definitely order the loaded nachos and mac and cheese as well.

You aren’t going to find many restaurants on the Westside with more consistent food than Rustic Canyon, so the fact that you can also order delivery from them is significant. Now, you can get their gem lettuces salad, beets and berries, and pozole verde without ever leaving the privacy of your dungeon apartment. Unfortunately, you can’t get their fantastic wines delivered, but that’s nothing a quick jaunt to the liquor store can’t solve. Put on pants first, though.

With nearly a dozen locations in and around LA, Tocaya is a full-fledged chain, but all that means is you’re closer than you think to one of their locations. The food at this Mexican spot is way better (and healthier) than it needs to be, with a menu that includes everything from fajita burritos to street corn bowls to the tortilla strip-filled Tocaya Salad that we think about while eating any other salad.

Eating lunch on Joan’s outdoor patio while wearing oversized sunglasses is an LA rite of passage, but it’s not the only way you can eat their food. Getting their very good sandwiches and salads (the Chinese chicken salad is still one of the best in LA) delivered to your door is a luxury that beats sitting on any patio any day of the week.

Fresh Corn Grill is a West Hollywood staple - and if you think that’s a weird statement to make, you’ve clearly never eaten at this order-at-the-counter spot on Santa Monica Blvd. Come here any night of the week and the lines will be out the door, which means delivery is a far better option when you want one of their salads or excellent hot plates (the shrimp with ginger curry is our favorite) in front of you ASAP.

It’s not just your 7th grade AOL screen name, Flower Child is a national chain with food that ranges from spicy tofu wraps to build-your-own hot plates (we like the Thai green papaya). Their Santa Monica location is the only one in Los Angeles, so when the crowds get intense, or you simply don’t want to move from the floor of your bedroom tonight, get it sent right to your door like we do.

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Located on that stretch of Ventura by Universal Studios where not much of anything happens, SunCafe has developed an almost-rabid cult following thanks to its fantastic organic food - and even better smoothies. We tend to go for the spicy quesadilla, jackfruit tacos, and mint shamrock shake, but at a place as good as SunCafe, you can’t really go wrong with anything, no matter if you’re a vegan or not.

Delivery from Destroyer might seem a little weird - a big part of the reason you come to this spaceship-meets-lunch-spot is to marvel at the all-white space and staff that seems to communicate telepathically. But the alien-looking (but still healthy) daytime food is just as good when delivered. Get the hen egg with crispy potatoes, or the rice porridge with crispy broccoli and onions.

If there’s one thing that sums up everything people hate about Abbot Kinney, it’s probably the scene on the Butcher’s Daughter patio. The vegetarian food itself is actually good - we especially like the avocado toast and the Surfer’s Breakfast (basically just a breakfast burrito). And when you order it through delivery, you won’t have to listen to the table next to you try to convince the server they should eat for free because they’re all influencers.

It’d be easy to write Honey Hi off as just another Eastside spot cashing in on Angelenos’ obsession with wellness. But Honey Hi is a lot more than that - it’s a great neighborhood cafe that serves gluten- and refined sugar-free classics food like a lamb burger, Thai green curry meatballs, and sweet potato and avocado toast. And if you’re in the mood for something slightly less healthy, the mochi pancakes are some of the best pancakes in town.

A little-known hack for beating the epic lines at Sqirl? Just order delivery. This OG California breakfast place is a big reason why you can’t walk a block on the Eastside without seeing a cafe serving rice bowls. But these are still the best. The sorrel pesto rice bowl is full of good-for-you things like brown rice, poached eggs, and watermelon radish, and if you’re feeling extra healthy, you can substitute kale for the rice. There’s also a fantastic menu of salads, including a particularly great chicken salad with bok choy and black garlic vinaigrette.

One of the busiest lunch spots in Central LA, Sycamore Kitchen makes fantastic soups and salads that we’d happily eat for lunch every day (and often do, especially since it’s easy to get it delivered). Your first order of business here is the spicy Vietnamese chicken salad - it’s got peanuts, sliced chilis, and all kinds of herbs, and makes us think we could actually stop eating sandwiches for lunch. If we really wanted to.

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