Finding TRULY healthy lunch options, especially in downtown San Francisco, can be a wild goose chase. The city is littered with quick serve restaurants and pop ups marketing themselves as “fresh”, “light” and “natural” but when you look closely you find hidden calories, astronomical amounts of sodium and food devoid of any real nutrition. But there is one option that stands out—Lite Bite with locations in the FiDi (@220 Bush Street open M-F 11a-3p) and Cow Hollow (@ 1796 Union Street open M-Thurs 10a-830p and Fri-Sun 10a-7p). Having Lite Bite’s DELICIOUS proteins, veggies and salads as options for a quick lunch, snack or dinner, is a godsend. And what impresses me most is co-founder and chef Techi Carreon’s commitment to quality, nutrition and service. To learn more about her story check out our interview below and stop by Lite Bite ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.
What was the inspiration behind Lite Bite?
I started cooking very young. I skipped a lot of cartoon watching in lieu of cooking shows. I have always loved cooking for myself and my friends. Eating healthy is my natural preference. Angelo, my partner, encouraged me to open Lite Bite because he felt there was a void in the market for truly healthy fast options. For us, Lite Bite is a manifestation of our love of healthy food that we want to share with everyone.
What sets your food apart from other quick serve restaurants in the Bay Area?
Many establishments consider themselves healthy but at Lite Bite we make a huge effort to check as many of the healthy categories as possible. Healthy is not a one size fits all. So we strive to offer delicious whole food that will fit in many dietary lifestyles. Keto, paleo, Whole 30, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free—we have something for everyone.
It's technically not required of you to publish nutritional info but you do. Why is that so important to you?
We are so proud to offer our nutritional information. We believe that people are often unaware of what’s out there. There are so many traps. Over dressed salads, fried vegetables, juices or smoothies that are mostly fructose, etc. I was never trained classically as a chef. I think that is an advantage. Our recipes are often far healthier than a typical dish served in a restaurant where lots of salt, sugar, and saturated fats, are added to everything. Let’s face it it tastes good, but often we unknowingly eat things that we otherwise would not. I track my macros. I want to know what’s in the food I’m eating. We think others are also catching on.
Do you offer menu planning and meal prep service?
Glad you asked. We would like to some day soon. It is in the works.