New year, new you. Start 2024 off on the right foot by eating healthy and hitting the best gyms in Chicago. Time Out Market Chicago is here to help you reach your goals this month (and beyond) with offerings that are both delicious and good for you. From salads with a twist and fresh fish to spirit-free cocktails, here are the best healthy options at the Market.
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Ride the Wave - Chicago Raw
Founded by Polly Gaza, raw vegan concept Chicago Raw is all about empowering diners to take control of their well-being. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of plant-based dishes that are served uncooked in order to retain nutrients. The menu features a variety of creative riffs on classic recipes, such as the pad Thai-inspired Ride the Wave—kelp noodles with almond butter sauce and fresh veggies.
Honey awaze Brussels sprouts - Demera
One of the city’s best East African restaurants has an outpost at Time Out Market Chicago, where you’ll find all sorts of bold and vibrant Ethiopian specialties. Chef and owner Tigist Reda shares her home country’s culture through food, including sambussas and stews. Those looking to eat healthy, though, also have plenty of delicious options, such as roasted Brussels sprouts with a sweet and spicy honey awaze sauce, and a cherry tomato salad.
Jerk chicken Caesar salad - Everything Countz
Husband-wife owners Juliea and Christopher Clippard launched Everything Countz in 2006 to introduce folks to their brand of healthy cooking. By using just a handful of ingredients, the couple creates homestyle dishes that may seem simple, but are packed with flavor. If you’re bored of the same old Caesar salad, try the version here—romaine mix with jerk chicken, shaved parmesan, garlic butter crostini and jerk Caesar dressing.
Chirashi poke bowl - Madai
There’s a new spot to get your fix of raw fish at the Market, courtesy of chef Ismael Lucero Lopez. Madai’s selection of maki, nigiri and sashimi blends both Japanese and Latin influences, and you can also order a chirashi poke bowl loaded with fresh fish or a vegetarian chirashi bowl.
Paneer tikka salad - Bar Goa
Bar Goa brings the flavors of the Indian coast to Fulton Market, as well as South Asian favorites like samosa chaat and butter chicken. For a healthy spin on a classic, go with the paneer tikka salad. It boasts mixed greens alongside tomatoes, cucumbers and paneer tikka, and is topped with boondi and sev for some extra crunch
Participating in dry January? No worries—Time Out Market has a menu of non-alcoholic options for you. Sip on original libations like Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz (orange, rhubarb, elderflower), Citrus Blend (spiced hibiscus, blood orange, lime juice) and a special Mocktail for a Cause (pear, cinnamon lemon, soda) that supports Haymarket Center. The bar will also be pouring a non-alcoholic Kölsch from Best Day Brewing and Wölffer Estate’s non-alcoholic rosé.