Healthy Eats During Restaurant Week

This week was Baltimore Restaurant Week, meaning there were awesome specials and fun new eats to try throughout the week!  Even though there was an extension this time around, it seems like there never is quite enough time to hit them all.  In case you missed any, below are the participating restaurants in our neighborhood and our favorite dishes, all within walking distance of the club!


Bookmakers: try Seafood FraDiavolo or Pan Seared Scallops

Matsuri:  try Steak Teriyaki or Tekka Don

Sobo Cafe:  try the Pork Chop or Peruvian Anticucho Salmon

Rachel New American Cuisine:  try Teres Major or Cider Brined Chicken

Minnow:  try Grilled Calamari or Whole Grilled Bronzino

The Rowhouse Grille:  try Roasted Half Chicken or Grilled Salmon Salad

Regis:  try Sliced Skirt Steak or Braised Veal Shank

In Bloom:  try Chitarra al Funghi or Grilled Swordfish (don’t miss risotto fritters!)

Little Havana:  try Paella or Mariscada

Encantada:  try Grilled Endives or Five Spice Duck Breast (don’t miss seared polenta cakes!)

If you’re a foodie, Restaurant Week can be a temptation to try many different types of food, some which may not directly align with your fitness goals. So, while being adventurous, here are some thoughts and guidelines to help make your meal choices healthier (now and throughout the year!)

  • Look for fresh local vegetables
  • Side dish best bets: brown rice, steamed or grilled vegetables, quinoa
  • Lean meats/protein
  • Ask for sauces/ dressings on the side and use sparingly
  • Choose tomato based sauces vs. cream based
  • Look for fish and seafood options
  • Skip the unlimited bread
  • Choose grilled or roasted preparations over fried (code: “crispy”)

Although the temptation to try new dishes can seem like a set back to your health and fitness goals, we are here to help keep you motivated and on track.  You don’t have to miss out on the fun, just make smart choices and keep your portion sizes reasonable…. Then get back on track in the morning!