Hold the salt...
I recently got a bit of a cardiac wake-up call and my doctor has me on low sodium diet. No more than 2000 milligrams of sodium a day. To give you an idea of how little salt that is, a can of Healthy Choice Vegetable Soup has over 900 mg of sodium. Remember, I only get 2000 mg for the whole day.
Eating at home is no problem, but I love to eat out and now that has become a real challenge.
So here is my question. Does anyone have a similar problem? If so, have you found any restaurants in LA that do low sodium cooking? I've found that simply asking waiters to have the salt omitted isn't working.
I will take ANY recommendations. Any cuisine. Any area (although I do live in the SFV).
"Low sodium" is relative. Many restaurants have dishes with enough sodium to last you for days, Basically, order dishes that are made from scratch. Here are some pointers:
1. Avoid soups or anything with lots of broth. These are typically prepared with pre-seasoned stock.
2. Avoid tomato sauces or ketchup unless they are fresh.
3. Avoid marinated meats. The marinades often use lots of salt and/or MSG.
4. Avoid dishes with sauces.
5. If you like fast food restaurants, you can order fries without salt, even at the chain restaurants. They will fry a fresh batch for you. This is great even if you like salt--you're always guaranteed freshly-fried fries (you can add your own salt later).
6. At Chinese restaurants, tell them that you don't want MSG and you want less salt.
Any place that cooks to order should be able to do salt free. Spago's, Valentino's, Frachie, etc.... All do beautiful, creative saltfree meals. I've been on a salt free diet for over 25 years, and the place I eat best is in Europe because they use unsalted butter, and unsalted stocks to make sauces. Also, a fine website is healthyheartmarket.com
which has unsalted pickles and gobs of other wonders to perk up your food. Good Luck!!
in addition, Grace and La Cachette will easily accommodate requests.
i'll also throw in Eat Well, Jack Sprat's Grille, and M Cafe de Chaya.
in the valley, HealthyCA, the Dressing Room (since you can customize and choose your ingredients), and The Good Earth.
in the valley, you could go to King's FishHouse and get charbroiled fish with steamed veggies and a dry baked potato. something similar can also be had at Ruth's Chris.
You might give these guy's a call and see what they say about your need for very low salt. They pride themselves on healthy, organic ingredients and they say they will work to cook to your needs.
Also: http://www.followyourheart.com/ is a possible source for your needs.