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Where to Find Fit Fare in Upstate New York


If you’re anything like me, you’re still trying to cling to your New Year’s resolution of eating healthy. It can be difficult to stay on track while you’re on vacation, but that doesn’t have to be the case when you visit Upstate New York. Here are some of my favorite restaurants where I can enjoy delicious food without the guilt.

Fab Fajitas & Pita, located in Batavia, was born when a husband and wife were looking for a place to eat that was both healthy and tasty. The couple created a menu that is good for both your body and your taste buds, using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Their multi-ethnic options include wraps, fajitas, and pitas. Choose one of their “fabulous” salads or create your own by selecting your ingredients; add grilled sirloin, chicken, or shrimp for under $3.00 more.

Rochester is known for their garbage plate (sometimes called a trash plate), which is traditionally a combination of a meat (such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers), french fries or home fries, and macaroni salad, topped with meat sauce. For a healthy alternative, visit Rochester’s Effortlessly Healthy and order a Healthy Trash Plate™, made with chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, and coleslaw, topped with their signature avocado sauce. They also have wraps, salads, and healthy sides to enjoy.

Residents of Ithaca, NY are passionate about food, which shows in the numerous dining options around the city. One of the delicious choices is Coltivare. Meaning “cultivate” in Italian, Coltivare features fresh ingredients from their TC3 Farm and other local sources for a true “Farm to Bistro” experience. Their dinner menu makes my mouth water with a variety of appetizers, wild yeast flatbreads, and entrees such as the Burgundy Braised Short Ribs or Grilled Beet Planks. Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free options are always available.

204 Main Bar & Bistro, located in Sharon Springs, serves freshly-made, locally-sourced food in a modern space. The menu changes regularly to feature seasonal, local ingredients but some of their present offerings include stuffed dates, potstickers made with local pork and shrimp, and bibimbap – marinated beef, friend egg, spinach, sprout and carrot. Each day they change up their house made pasta dish, featuring a different ingredient, and create a special dessert of the day. Hours vary by season but currently the restaurant is open Thursdays through Sundays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

These restaurants offer dishes that will make your tummy and your taste buds happy. So plan your trip to Upstate New York and hop over the border – but make sure to pack your appetite!