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New Orleans on a diet....

Well, this is a first- I have to go to New Orleans tomorrow night and actually have something besides "tastes good" as part of the criteria! Any suggestions on some place to go that won't break the calorie budget but still be awesome?

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    1. Hmmm......dilemma dilemma. Raw oysters, if you leave out the crackers. Always yummy. Most of the better restaurants would be glad to leave off the sauces on a piece of grilled fish, I bet. Just shop the menus and see who has the best looking lower cal /lower fat sides. Green Goddess, while not really traditionally NOLA food looks to have some options that fit your bill.
      Remember, too, that red wine is heart healthy...and vodka has only 60 calories per shot!

      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. Are you on a specific type of diet (i.e., atkins, low-cal,etc)? That might help narrow it down.

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        1. re: jenn2083

          Nothing specific- I am tracking everything through livestrong.com and just trying to cut down on calories, fat, and cholesterol.

          Those oysters that Betharoo suggested were already in my game plan- 10 calories each- yum!

          1. re: Clarkafella

            I am always on a diet, but I have learned that I should just do myself a favor in New Orleans and eat. I mean really eat. Forget low carb, forget low fat, or whatever you are working around. This is a city where every calorie is worth it. Deprive yourself at home, not in New Orleans. Seriously, this is a city where you should just eat. Enough said! :-)

              1. re: n.o.lover

                I diet before every trip down just so I can eat like mad when I'm there.
                I eat all day everyday when in town and I don't apologize for anything I eat there...ever.

              2. re: Clarkafella

                then it's just a matter of portion control....

                1. re: Clarkafella

                  I knew a guy who was tres gourmand of sauces and lived it up at all the Big Boy restaurants frequently. He went on a diet and lost 70 pounds eating at the same places, just getting fresh fish grilled, no butter, plain vegetables with lemon juice etc. He occasionally cheated but damn if he didn't lose the weight and had a pretty good time doing it.

              3. It's hard to pick a specific spot. Green Goddess might fit the bill with some of their dishes, but really, just forget the diet. Seriously. There isn't much point in eating out in New Orleans and trying to figure out calories, etc. Generally I guess I'd say shoot for non-fried seafood. But be careful with that even as so many fish dishes are prepared with butter. You are probably best off by just employing portion control and going for whatever looks good.

                Green Goddess
                307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. Walk everywhere! Whenever we go to New Orleans, we eat and drink ourselves silly, but since we WALK everywhere, we somehow never gain (a LOT of) weight..

                  1. With so much amazing seafood available, I think it's possible to enjoy yourself but not break the diet bank while you are there. Crawfish, oysters, crabmeat cocktail, shrimp...if the fish is fresh enough, there are many simple preparations that should fit the bill. Request sauces on the side so you don't feel totally deprived....and be sure to save up for a splurge or two...and you can pay the price when you get home! And don't forget a snowball for dessert. Lots of sugar, yes, but definitely more virtuous than bread pudding and so good!!!

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                    1. re: mom22tots

                      Are there still snowball stands open in the winter?

                        1. re: mom22tots

                          No, they usually open middle to late spring.

                    2. Thanks for all the suggestions. As it turned out, I walked from the hotel on Poydras to my friend's house on St Phillip, so I figured that took care of any calories. Good thing too! We ended up drinking a bunch of wine at Blacksmith Shop (I don't think wine has any calories, just squished up grapes right?), and went to Oceana simply because we knew they were open late. Had some decent blackened fish, jambalaya on the side (too spicy) and I think that there was some turtle soup but I might have dreamed it.

                      Thanks again!

                      1. Not the city to be in on vaction on a diet. We have a motto here as I'm sure you have read. Ever place else in the world they eat to live. In New Orleans we live to eat!! Hope you had some good luck!
                        Peace Out!

                        1. Do not go!

                          OK, just kidding, but only a little. I starve myself for a month, just getting ready for NOLA, and always double-up my Lipator, prior to departure.

                          Now, I notice that the date is a bit passed, so I only hope that you found what you needed and wanted, and had a wonderful time.

                          Do not know how I missed this thread, when you were still in the planning stage?