Organic Restaurants of Fairfield County
By Analiese Paik
Note: This post has been updated to reflect organic restaurants open as of January 2016.
It can be a challenge, and quite time consuming, to find organic restaurants, so I decided to put together this handy, comprehensive guide to help you quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. Whether you’re out to to enjoy a cup of coffee and a healthy snack, a fresh-baked muffin or pastry, a fruit smoothie or green juice, a cafe-style lunch, or a formal meal, this is the guide for you.
Residents of Fairfield County, CT and visitors, we welcome you to use this guide to find eateries listed by town, along with a link to our feature articles to learn more about each bakery, cafe, and restaurant. There are many cafes and restaurants that sell some organic food, but these fully commit by making organic part of their mission statement.
Catch a Healthy Habit Café
39 Unquowa Road
This raw, vegan cafe makes juices and smoothies to order along with a full lunch menu, tea, desserts, and ice cream. Some sourcing of organic produce is from local farms. A small retail section of dry goods is handy for purchasing snacks. Seating is limited to the lunch counter and a handful of tables and chairs, so plan accordingly during busy hours. Eat in or take out. Park around the corner on Stanford Street to avoid the traffic and limited parking on Unquowa Road.
Open 7 days a week. Hours vary by day and season, so please visit the website or call (203) 292-8190. Check their Facebook page for daily updates about special events and schedule changes during holidays and inclement weather.
The Stand Juice Company has a full menu of organic juices, smoothies, salads, and vegetarian sandwiches, some of which are available as grab ‘n’ go. Their baked goods, soups and juice specialties change weekly. Eat in or take out. Ample seating and parking is available at their locations. Owners Carissa and Mike Hvizdo make it a priority to source fresh produce and fruit locally, some of which comes from their own Hideaway Farm in East Haddam.
The Stand Juice Bar has two stand alone locations in Fairfield and SoNo (pictured), a cafe inside Kaia Yoga Westport, a cafe opening soon inside Kaia Yoga Greenwich, and grab and go service coming soon to Kaia Yoga’s studios in Darien and Cos Cob. Read our October 2015 feature story about their 10-year anniversary and recent growth to six locations in Fairfield County.
- The Stand at The Ironworks in SoNo
- The Stand at The Sportsplex in Fairfield
- The Stand (full service) inside Kaia Yoga in Westport
- The Stand (full service) inside Kaia Yoga in Greenwich
- The Stand grab and go inside Kaia Yoga in Darien
- The Stand grab and go inside Kaia Yoga in Cos Cob
Please visit The Stand’s website for hours, location addresses, and menus. Their two stand alone locations are:
The Sportsplex at
87 Mill Plain Road
The Ironworks at
1 North Water Street
South Norwalk, CT
Back 40 Kitchen
107 Greenwich Avenue
Back 40 Kitchen (formerly Organic Planet) is the newest addition to the Back 40 Group of family-owned businesses that includes Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT and Back 40 Mercantile in Old Greenwich. The warm and relaxed decor in this modern farmhouse restaurant sets the stage for casual yet sophisticated dining in harmony with the seasons. Delicious food awaits every eater – from vegan to omnivore to gluten-free. The Back Forty Farm, a 180-acre organic farm in Washington Depot, CT, is their main supplier of eggs, produce, pastured chicken and herbal tea plus seasonal produce.
Back 40 Kitchen
107 Greenwich Avenue, Rear
Greenwich, CT 06830
Phone: (203) 992-1800
The Organic Market
285 Post Road E.
Head straight to the back of the store to the juice bar, salad and sandwich counter to order a la carte, to go or to stay. Seating is limited, so plan accordingly during lunch hours. Grab ‘n’ go items in the prepared food fridge include fruit salads, green salads of all types (seaweed, kale), cold soups, slaws, stuffed grape leaves, marinated tofu and some desserts. The hot bar, also located in the back of the store, offers a selection of vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes. Serve yourself then head to the cashier at the front of the store to pay before you eat. Soups are self-serve and located to your left as you enter the store. No butter or dairy is used in any of their prepared foods, 95-98% of their hot bar is organic and a good 80% or so is vegan. When in doubt, ask one of the employees who will tell you everything you want to know about the food. The retail section of the store is helpful for last minute everyday items and restocking snacks.
Open 7 days a week. For hours please call (203) 227-9007. No website available.
Ridgefield and Stamford
Bareburger is a New York City- based, fast-casual restaurant chain that serves organic, grass-fed beef and exotic meat burgers, veggie burgers, and a full menu of salads, sides, sandwiches, shakes, beverages, and desserts that are either organic or all natural. Refreshingly, all-natural means Non-GMO at Bareburger. Even the canola oil they use for frying is Non-GMO. Dairy products are USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified and American Humane Certified. How’s that for raising the bar!
Read our feature story about Bareburger Ridgefield.
38 Danbury Road
Website: Bareburger Ridgefield
21 Harbor Point Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Website: Bareburger Stamford