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Healthful Thinking: Local Spots in Cabarrus County with Tasty, Healthy Dishes

Feb 01, 2017 08:06PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Image courtesy of Restaurant Forty Six.

We are a good chunk of the way into the new year already. Old habits are starting to creep back into daily routines, and ordering pizza might be getting a little too frequent. What happened to that goal of healthy eating? 

Luckily, here in Cabarrus County there are plenty of places that offer healthy dishes. We've compiled a few places for your consideration, and maybe you'll grab something from this list instead of going for the pizza! 

Restaurant 46

(704) 250-4646

101 West Avenue
Kannapolis, NC 28081

The Farmers Market plate

Forty Six is the first of many restaurants to open at the North Carolina Research Campus. The unique name comes from the number of chromosomes in the human genome. Adorning the restaurant walls are scientific themed art coupled with numerous quotations from pioneers of science. The overall theme of Forty Six gets to the heart of why David H. Murdock decided to open a restaurant that would serve healthful food. Forty Six and its culinary team envisioned a start of a "culture of healthy food" not only for the employees of the NCRC, but for the people of Kannapolis and the surrounding areas.

Some of their tasty -- and healthy! -- dishes include their tasty Shrimp Ceviche and their Farmers Market plate.

They will also be hosting a Valentine's Celebration 2017 Friday & Saturday 10th & 11th and Tuesday 14th of February 5pm-9pm.

Learn more about Forty Six by visiting their website or their Facebook page

2 Gals Kitchen

Owners Belinda and Mary.

(704) 782-4257

80 Union St S
Concord, NC 28025

Yogurt Parfait. Image
courtesy of Jordan H.
on Yelp.

Belinda and Mary are the very happy owners of 2 Gals Kitchen. They moved here from the west coast with the dream of having a gourmet sandwich shop where people could experience beautiful food, comfortable atmosphere and fun people. 2 Gals started out as a catering company and just recently jumped at the chance to start a small cafe. Belinda was trained as a chef in Carmel, California at a French cafe. Mary was trained by Belinda and also has a background in hospitality management as well as food service. They shared a dream of moving to Concord, NC to start 2 Gals and have seen that dream fulfilled.

Be sure to plan for it, they are only open for lunch, 11am-3pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays, where they open for dinner 6-9pm. 

A few healthy dishes to try are the yogurt parfait and also have an entire Clean Eating mix-and-match dishes on their menu.  

For more information about 2 Gals, visit their 

Mai Thai II

(704) 979-5056

7712 Sossamon Ln NW
Unit 140
Concord, NC

Fresh Basil Rolls. Image
courtesy of Duane W., Yelp.

"Mai Thai is nestled in a little strip mall near Hendrick, next to a dance studio and a Firehouse Sub. It is nicely decorated with a full bar, booths and tables." -- Gladys C., Yelp

"I dropped in here on the road because of the great reviews. They were right on. The food was delicious and the staff was extremely friendly and worked really hard. I talked with one woman at the bar for a while and it felt like a place Id been to a hundred times. It's got a really nice layout with tables both inside and out on the deck. The crab Rangoon was absolutely delicious and the pad this was great with huge portions." -- Steven R., Yelp

Some healthy dishes to consider include the Fresh Basil Rolls and the Papaya Salad.

Visit their Yelp page to learn a little bit more about Mai Thai II. 

The Gateway to Athens

(704) 788-2174

360 Exchange St NW
Concord, NC

About The Gateway to Athens: "Both culinary extraordinaires, Scott and I have lived in Greece for more than 15 years and have recently returned here to the States to bring the taste of Athens back! We ran the family restaurant on the Greek island of Kos.   

Mama Mia Bowl. Image
courtesy of Chelia S., Yelp.

Using old family recipes, Rika interprets the national dishes to perfection. The ingredients are super fresh and prepared upon order.Using only the freshest ingredients and spices, our staff will prepare your entree using the authentic Greek recipes that you and your friends will love! Dine at our Greek restaurant, and taste authentic Greek cooking at its best at The Gateway to Athens." 

Healthy dishes include their Mama Mia Bowl and their Falafel Pita. 

their website to learn a little bit more about their healthy dishes. 

Gianni's Trattorria

(704) 788-0595

16 Union St S
Concord, NC
Pan seared Red Snapper
topped with an Orange Beurre
Blanc, fresh Watercress,
Fennel & Orange Slaw with
a roasted Beet Gastrique

Nestled in historic downtown Concord, North Carolina, Gianni’s Trattoria was opened on the 4th of November 2008 by Proprietor Gianni and Executive Chef Heather Stadler. Relocating from the bustle of New York, it was their desire to open a locally owned neighborhood Italian Restaurant, based on their interpretation of European style cuisine. 

Their simple approach to food has been passed down through their families for generations – use the finest and the freshest seasonal ingredients available to you. We strongly practice a time honored tradition of buying locally in support of fellow neighbors, while honoring their Italian heritage, all through a simple marriage using both local and imported ingredients all delivered with the hospitality of home.

Despite plenty of delectable dishes, there are so many healthy options at Gianni's! Healthy meals include the Pan seared Red Snapper plate and the Insalata di Valentina.

To learn more, visit Gianni's website

What's your favorite healthy dish to eat, and where? Let us know in the comments! 

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