When our readers want to get crunchy, they get Down to Earth. At a time when health food can be as much about marketing as it is about health, Down to Earth remains true to its roots as one of the nation’s few all-vegetarian stores.
The flagship on South King Street recently emerged from a year-long spiff-up, and is now lighter, brighter and more spacious, complete with a juice bar (a coconut mango smoothie, please!) and freshly baked pizza to-go (a slice of wheat-free pesto, please!). The organic produce is a big draw: The chain will buy just one crateful of good stuff from a small local farm if it means getting the freshest on the shelves. Multiple locations, www.downtoearth.org.