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April 7, 2009

Doing lunch: unexpected inexpensive, healthful choices

BurgerBistro.jpgI got an e-mail from chowsearch just now, and he mentioned the following in passing. It struck me that the subject would make a good post of its own sometime -- places that unexpectedly have inexpensive, healthful choices.

By the way, had to leave Atwater Kenilworth at lunch yesterday--too noisy to talk, no substitutions, uncomfortable and close seats, little actually healthy, just show-food. Went to the burger place in Kenilworth Bazaar, the pizza shop's spinoff, and they had a half-dozen healthy things, turkey burger, veggie burger, any sandwich available as a wrap, the vegetarian veterinarian lunch companion delighted. What a contrast. And way cheaper.

(Photo by me)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:43 PM | | Comments (6)


Not really "gourmet" but Noodles and Co. has a really cheap lunch that you can make pretty healthy if you order it that way. For instance, I normally get the tomato soup and caeser salad combo with tofu.

You can also get a great healthy cheap lunch at Panaras - if you order it that way! Their "two fors" (or whatever they call it) are really cheap, and some of their half sandwiches or salads are really light and I believe their chicken noodle soup is low fat.

I have always preferred the Belvedere Atwater's over the Kenilworth location.

Anywho, I had lunch at Mekong Delta today. It was cheap, healthy, and delicious!

Joyce, I'm hope you're right but I'm guessing that soup is heavy on the sodium.
When something is touted as low fat, the fat has usually been replaced by sugar or salt.

Flip-flop alert - that being said, why not have a really tasty, cheap meal. I'll just skimp on the salt for my next meal.

All this talk of healthy food is making me sick. All food is healthy and none is. We are the authors of our health. Tofu! Gaaaaaaaaaaak.
True story: My best friend recently ordered a turkey burger. It broke his heart. I paid for the meal to spare him that indignity. (I said, "you can't send it back. They're supposed to taste like that.")

All food is healthy and none is.

jl seems to be channeling Owlie this morning.

AMS, I finally had dinner at Mekong Delta last Wed., and was very impressed. But I must confess to being such a messy pho eater that it looked like someone had been throwing food at me by the time I was done. I'll definitely be back - just dressed more strategically next time.

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