Health-minded restaurants to start the year off right

Feel good about what you eat in 2013
Poached egg dish at the Bakery at Cakes & Ale

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You know how it goes: At the start of January, people flock to gyms and swear off eating out. But it never lasts. So maybe this year we can modify those goals and just add a few organic, sustainable, or local-minded restaurants to our usual rotation (while still trying to make smart choices). Here are a few ideas:

Tassili’s Raw Reality
A raw and vegan restaurant in the West End, Tassili’s packs spices and chiles into many of its dishes to enliven green, grains, and legumes. Perhaps the most unique item on the menu is the spicy naked tacos, which include a chili-infused sunflower paté, guacamole, and “five-alarm” salsa.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
Open for over twenty-five years, R. Thomas serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Buckhead’s Brookwood neighborhood twenty-four hours a day. Ma

Erawan Organic Thai
An organic Thai restaurant in Sandy Springs, Erawan has been serving curries, noodles, and more since 2004. Executive chef Vara Chieosamut offers plenty of vegetarian dishes, too.

Radial Cafe
Best known for its brunch, Radial Café focuses on sustainable, local fare. In fact its tagline is “Small carbon footprint. Big local flavor.” Located near Candler Park, Radial now offers organic cocktails made in-house.

The Bakery at Cakes & Ale
A lunch and brunch spot, the Bakery at Cakes & Ale features an ever-changing menu of soups, salads, panini, omelets, and more, made with seasonal ingredients from local farmers. Atlanta Magazine dining editor Bill Addison says, “Chef David Sweeney’s food always makes a body feel nourished.” For those who want to indulge, there’s always an endless array of breads and pastries, too.