Grilled Salmon to Veal Ribeye: Eating Better in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | January 10, 2014

When eating out, I’m not particularly concerned with the caloric content of my meals. It’s the one time I allow myself to really splurge! However, I’m aware that some of you are still going strong with your resolution to eat healthier this year, and want to continue doing so even while dining out.

We all know that several chain restaurants have special “low cal” sections on their menus, or a few Weight Watchers approved dishes. While there’s nothing wrong with those, there are also plenty of Metro Detroit restaurants that do the very same thing. You can stay slim by continuing to dine at some of the area’s greatest restaurants!

Before you head out to lunch or dinner, take a look at our list of good for you options, full of flavor. It’s our take on “Eat This, Not That” of Metro Detroit, if you will.

TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St., Detroit, has several low calorie menu items, including starters like a Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla (with caramelized onions, low fat cheddar cheese and sweet peppers, served on whole wheat tortillas) and a Grilled Portobello Sandwich (with arugula, roasted peppers, onions and pesto on a whole grain bun). Good-for-you entrees include Grilled Texas Spiced Chicken (served with black beans, tortillas and pico de gallo) and Lemon Grilled Salmon (with garlic, white wine, diced tomatoes and parsley butter).

There’s a little bit of everything when it comes to the low-cal menu at TAP, and you can celebrate your healthy ways after dinner by winning some money for another dinner out.

Andiamo has several locations in the Metro Detroit area, and this restaurant is proof that Italian food doesn’t have to be bad for you. The menu at each location varies slightly, but there are a few health conscious choices at each. The Detroit Riverfront prepares several Andiamo Lean dishes, which are low-calorie dishes prepared with the least amount of sodium and fat possible.

Chicken Cacciatore (pan roasted with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and spinach, served in a tomato basil sauce), Grilled Salmon (served with roasted vegetables and tomato-pineapple salsa) and Veal Ribeye (with linguine squash noodles, pomodoro sauce and roasted peppers), are a few of the delicious choices.

Amici’s Gourmet Pizza and Living Room, 3249 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, is the place to go for “healthy” pizza that won’t leave you cursing yourself for breaking your diet. I don’t know about you, but no resolution would ever cause me to eliminate pizza from my life.

Amici’s award-winning gourmet pizzas can be prepared with whole-wheat crust and over a dozen fresh veggies. There are 17 different signature pizzas, one of which is the Low-Fat Mozzarella Pizza, a whole-wheat crust piled with roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and homemade herb tomato sauce.

The menu includes several vegan and veggie pizzas that will keep you on track, but still allow you to live a little.

Redcoat Tavern, 31542 Woodward Ave., is a staple for all human beings in the Metro Detroit area, whether you’re dieting or not. They may not have a low-cal menu, per say, but they’ve still got a healthy alternative when it comes to the star of the menu: the burger.

Perhaps before your healthy eating vow your typical Redcoat order consisted of a regular burger, a pile of bacon, cheddar cheese, house sauce and a side of onion rings. While delicious, that might not exactly mesh with your new healthy eating habits.

Instead, you might want to change your order up a bit and start with a Piedmontese burger. It’s made with leaner beef, so really, you don’t need to feel the slightest bit bad about enjoying it. Ditch the bacon this time around, top it with some grilled onions or mushrooms, and fresh avocado. Say sayonara to the onion rings and opt for a side salad instead. Cut your burger in half and you not only have dinner tonight but lunch tomorrow, too. It’s that simple!

There are plenty of nutritious, great tasting restaurant dishes than can be found outside of a menu’s soup and salad section. When it comes to eating healthy and dining out in the D, you can do both!