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May 6, 2008 10:15 AM

Low Sodium and Low Cost

My boyfriend recently found out that he needs to keep a pretty low sodium diet. Not a problem for cooking at home, but I LOVE going out to eat. So, that is obstacle one. Obstacle two- we are on a pretty low budget. Any thoughts on restaurants with low sodium foods and that are not too expensive. Looking to stay in the NW DC area. Thanks!

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  1. My husband has the same requirement and it is not easy! But we've had good luck at the Daily Grill where you can get plain grilled fish and a baked potato. We've also usually had good luck at Italian restaurants -- not the pricey ones, but ones that cook from scratch. Again usually the grilled fish or veal. Also Legal Seafoods worked.

    Good luck. If you find something good, please let me know.

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    1. re: Teddybear

      You might also want to check out Grillfish near Dupont Circle. You can do the same thing with the fish there.

    2. Along the same vein of the grilled fish option, the newly opened Tackle Box has a "Maine Meal" where you can choose from a variety of grilled (or fried) fish and sides. There are some fried and starchy sides, but they also offer greens, grilled veggies, and side salads!

      Does your boyfriend eat sushi? There are plenty of sushi happy hours all over the district. Sushi is light and relatively healthy, just skip the soy sauce or ask for the low-sodium version.

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      1. re: dckw

        If you're serious about your sodium intake, even low-sodium soy sauce is way out of bounds. It's like low-salt Campbell soup.

        1. re: Teddybear

          Plus, the sushi rice has salt added to it. My dad will often mix his own dipping sauce of wasabi and rice vinegar or sake.

          1. re: Cookingthebooks

            Well I hope he's getting real wasabi. This is what the SUSHI FAQ said:

            Real wasabi has less than 1 milligram of sodium per 4oz serving, which is effectively zero. The 'fake' wasabi that is served usually instead of the real item however has around 100mg of sodium per serving, significantly more than the real deal.