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This is probably a stupid question, but here goes. Is there a restaurant where you would go and what would you order if you are on a diet?

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  1. Matsuri for sashimi. No contest.

    1. I would go to Mamas on the Half Shell and get their steamed combo: shrimp, mussels, clams and oysters. Just stay away from the dipping butter!
      2nd Jon's Matsuri suggestion.

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      1. re: hon

        Does come with a whole mess of potatoes (red) though. Good be a concern if you are watching your carbs on said diet.

        1. re: hon

          I have to say, Mama's is one of the last places I'd consider if I wanted to watch calories (and that's a compliment). The steamed combo does sound tasty though.

          1. re: JonParker

            Oh I agree about Mamas but the steamed combo is good and low-fat.
            No potatos!

        2. What kind of diet?

          Stone Mill Bakery has great salads. You can pick your own ingredients (a la cart). Their ingredients are very fresh and high quality.

          If money is no object, Black Olive is great, most of their fish is served grilled with some olive oil.

          I think the trick is to avoid certain things on the menu, but also have about half of what you order.

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          1. re: smt

            I think if I was paying Black Olive prices, I wouldnt be leaving half of my meal on the plate.

            One thing I would be doing in order to lose weight is avoiding red sauce Italian though. :)

          2. I know salad is the default with diet, but I don't think you can go wrong with the greek salad at Samos. The dressing comes on the side in bottle, and I've found that it is so tasty that I don't have to use much. Feta is fairly low-fat as it comes to cheeses, and you wouldn't have to eat it all if you were really watching calories. The salad does come with those buttery pita wedges, but those could also be eaten in moderation, if one had more self-control than I do.

            1. This is actually a GOOD question! And, somewhat challenging although it probably shouldn't be. First and foremost, at a lot of places you can request broiled instead of fried or pan-fried crab cakes and fish. Helen's Garden is the first place that comes to mind, but I know other places honor the request. Also, ethnic cuisine with tomato - not curry/cream-based - sauces can offer up some variety. I would consider The Helmand - go for the kebabs or the mourgh challow. The Carlyle Club is lebanese and another good ethnic choice. I would steer clear of Indian (cream and a lot of oil) and Thai food (sugar and coconut milk). Dogwood in Hampden has tons of fresh food, offers vegan dressings, etc. I would request most of the options without cheese and you could be on your way to great resturant food on a diet. Cafe Isis/Egyptian Pizza/whatever it's new name is on Cathedral St. is a good, cheap option. And, if you must have a pizza, you can get whole wheat dough. They also have a lot of salad options and perhaps even a cheeseless pizza (I can't remember). Hmmm..that's what comes to mind. If I think of anything else, I'll post.

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              1. re: SGI

                In reality, most restaurants have a few options on the menu that can be customized to meet diet parameters. A safe bet is always ordering a salad with some form of protein (chicken or fish) and asking for a light dressing option on the side - I ve never been anywhere that didnt offer oil and vinegar.