Eating Healthy in Solano and Yolo Counties

Beef Kabobs at Gourmet Exprezz. Photo: Joyce Headley.

Whether you have made a resolution to eat healthier or you are looking for healthy alternatives this New Year, we have you covered with these three great restaurants.

Gourmet Exprezz


Chicken Kabobs, one of the specialties at Gourmet Exprezz, are light and healthy. Photo: Joyce Headley.

VACAVILLE, CA – By now, most of us have heard about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet and here at Gourmet Exprezz you’ll not only get truly authentic Mediterranean cuisine, but some of the most tasty and healthy dishes conceivable. Whether it’s appetizers, entrées, sides or desserts, you’ll be assured a fantastic meal from start to finish.

Gourmet Exprezz was established in 2007 so they’re very excited to be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Their hard-working staff is dedicated to bringing the freshest and highest quality ingredients to their guests and making them feel welcome, comfortable and satisfied.

Their menu includes Gyros (lamb, beef, chicken, eggplant, zucchini and falafel), Main Dish Salads, Fire-grilled Kabobs (lamb, beef, chicken and vegetarian), and hot plates that include meat of your choice (or eggplant) topped with tomato salad, tzatziki, garlic dip and onions served alongside rice with a garden salad and pita bread. On Wednesday and Friday only they also feature a falafel plate with hummus, kalamati olives, pickles, tomato salad, tzatziki sauce and two pitas.

Sides include garlic spread, hummus and tzatziki (each with two pitas), spanakopita (my personal favorite), dolmathes and pita bread. They also accommodate special dietary requirements offering vegan, carb-free or gluten-free choices.

They offer a unique and refreshing hot sweet sage tea, bottled drinks and, of course, baklava for dessert.

Specializing in catering for all occasions, they’re open daily at 1490 Alamo Drive, Ste. G in Vacaville. Call (707) 455-8681 or visit

Pluto’s Fresh Food


Salads and sandwiches can be custom made to order at Pluto’s in Davis. Photo: Yelp

DAVIS, CA – Opened in 1995, Pluto’s motto is “fresh food for a hungry universe.”

Their menu features meats, sandwiches, green salads, veggies, sides, sweets and drinks. Every meal is customized, with each guest overseeing the process.

At the salad station, you’ll choose your lettuce type, then your seven salad fixings. You can add meat or vegetarian items before selecting one of six homemade dressings. Each comes with your choice of freshly baked sourdough, wheat, or focaccia bread.

At the Sandwich/Hot Plate Station, they offer hand-carved oven-roasted poultry and grilled meats with various sides.

Enjoy a homemade sweet treat and hot or cold beverage and you’re good to go!

Open seven days a week at 500 First Street in Davis, visit or call 530-758-8676.

Nutrition Shoppe


The “Turkey Lover’s Sandwich” is also available as a wrap. Photo via

VACAVILLE, CA – The Nutrition Shoppe has been a staple in Vacaville for three decades, and was first opened by a local chiropractor dedicated to the health and wellness of the community.

They carry an extensive selection of supplements, local organic fruits and vegetables, bulk herbs, homeopathic solutions, natural cosmetics, skin and body care and sports nutrition.

An unexpected and pleasant surprise is the Juice and Sandwich Bar and seating in the back of the store offering a variety of impressive sandwiches, wraps, salads, power-balls, fresh juices, protein shakes, green drinks and smoothies.

Cooking classes are also offered, including raw foods and gluten-free cooking techniques. They offer loyalty cards as well as discounts to seniors and military personnel. They’re open daily at 983 Alamo Drive in Vacaville. Call 707-447-2306 or visit them

Joyce Headley writes ‘Tastes of Your Town’, a monthly feature in the print edition of Your Town Monthly. Parts of this article were originally published in the January 2017 Solano & Yolo County editions.