The Bay Area is known for tempting treats like burritos and ice cream sandwiches, but dining out there doesn't have to mean indulging yourself. Here are three of the best restaurant options for light, healthy eating in the Bay Area, from quick meals to award-winning fine dining.
Al's Place, San Francisco
Owner and executive chef Aaron London had a crazy idea when he opened his petite restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district: Make meat the side dish. Here, his inventive takes on pristine veggies, fruits, seafood, and grains occupy center stage, and the protein is something patrons can add on in smaller portions. London has the chops to pull it off, too, having starred at famed vegetarian Napa eatery Ubuntu. It’s safe to say he’s getting it right at Al’s Place, which Bon Appétit named the best new restaurant of the year in 2015.