Healthy eating in Baltimore

Food — By Tawanna Browne Smith on February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

The other day I was reading the March issue of Baltimore Magazine:”67 Best Restaurants”, and I could not help salivating over the pages. They ranked restaurants in seafood, italian, fine dining, tapas, wine bars, and foreign affairs categories. Honestly, I felt my hips spread as I gawked over descriptions like “yellow cake with boiled chocolate frosting and a layer of peanut butter cream.” I searched the list for restaurants with an offering of lighter fare but that search was in vain.

Then again, who really focuses on healthy eating when they go out for a night of taste indulgence? I guess only the fitness-fanatic-calorie-obesessed of us all. Going out to any of Baltimore’s top eateries is meant to be a culinary experience of sorts. A picture of duck fat fries on the front page corner only highlights this fact. Duck fat fries? I think I just gained 3 pounds just typing that. So, where are the healthy restaurants in Charmed City? And maybe more importantly, do the foodies and critics care about them?

Here are a few that I found:

Dalesio’s – 829 Eastern Avenue, Little Italy

The Dogwood – 911 West 36th Street

The Flying Avocado – Owings Mills

Feast – 4 East in Mount Vernon

Blu Bambu – 621 E Pratt St, Pier 4 at the Inner Harbor

Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. These restaurants may not offer dishes cooked in duck fat but they do offer dishes lower in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fats. To the credit of the top restaurants listed on Baltimore magazine’s “Best” list, more and more are focusing on pure and fresh local foods, though they maybe lacking on fat-conscientiousness.

I will say that you can go out anywhere and make healthy choices from just about any menu or even request that the chef skip the butter, hold the heavy sauces (or at least put them to the side for dipping), and choose fruit-based deserts. At any rate, hopefully, more and more publications will throw a calorie-conscious bone to those looking for the “Best of” healthy eating restaurants in town.

Featured photo provided by Wesley Fryer, Flickr.com

Tags: Baltimore healthy restaurants, healthy eating, restaurants

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