low fat dining in New Orleans
- Gene Spence Nov 11, 2002 05:00 PM
Will arrive in NO Sunday Nov 18. Does anyone have suggestions for low fat dining in the area?
Most of the better restaurants will grill or broil your seafood for you if you request. Many local dishes come with heavy high fat sauces, but you can ask to skip those or have them served on the side. You have to be creative to eat low fat here!
Sorry to say the NO City Council outlawed low-fat food in the city limits. Louisiana legislature is considering same.
There is no seriously good Louisiana food that is low fat. All of us condemned ;-> to live here are always fighting to stay on diets that never work because of all the great food and the superb cooks that cook it.
Just think how lucky you are that you are just visiting...and please try not to gawk at all the obese natives you encounter on you stay here.
I agree with the poster re the outlawing low fat in New Orleans. There's no way and you might as well just resign yourself to a little indulgence and enjoy. Having said that, in the past when I was visiting and trying to control my fat intake I would hit the Brick Oven and get a veggie pizza and tell themn to go easy on the cheese. They can also do a pasta prima vera dish for you that's light on the sauce action. Semolina's also has a pasta veggie dish that is not too bad. Granted these are not the best restaurants in town, but you are really trying to swim upstream here.
Most places have a broiled fish on the menu or some form of baked or broiled chicken. Have them hold the sauce and get a salad and baked potato with it. It's not a question of finding a low fat restaurant, but choosing the low fat items on the menu. Granted the sauces are tempting, but in any town it takes a lot of research to plan low fat when dining out. Where are you from? Are there restaurants there that specialize in total low fat menus? Lucky you.
PS - On second thought, Bravo's on St. Charles has some pasta dishes without heavy sauces and their salads are pretty good, too.