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Aug 5, 2014 10:09 AM

Low-carb lunch options downtown

Help - I am so bored with salads! What are some non-salad good lunch options downtown that would be considered low-carb/low-sugar? Like, does Chacarero put their sandwich fillings over greens? I'd eat that! Or something like some good (warm) meat with sides of veggies? Even though I've sworn off Sebastions I've always been curious about their rotisserie chicken option, but for something like $11 I've always passed, plus their sides always seem kind of boring. Or stir fry that isn't rice or noodle based? Thanks!

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  1. Falafel King for falafel or their combo plates that include baba and hummus? Chinatown for veggies and meats. B.good on Washington Street has great sides as well as kale bowls and other similar things.

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      1. re: Luther

        Hummus should be. Chickpeas, oil and tahini, maybe lemon juice.

        1. re: CportJ

          depends on your definition of low-carb. 1 cup of hummus has about 35 carbs. not lc in my book. at all.

          beans and legumes are not lc.

          op: sashimi lunch special at sakurabana.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            A cup is a lot of hummus. Sabra lists serving size as 1 oz/2Tbs and 4 g carbs. That seems likely to be reasonable compared to the OP's boring salads. I suppose baba ganoush is similar to hummus, perhaps more carbs. But I'm not a low carb expert by any means. I assume you have to skip the soy sauce with your sashimi to avoid carbs?

            1. re: CportJ

              baba ganoush is eggplant, which is not a legume, so no, it's not the same as hummus. even 1/2 cup of hummus can be too carby for some, especially if they are lc for medical reasons.

              soy sauce is eaten in small quantities and is lc anyway. sorry, but if you don't know about lc eating, why are you making recommendations?

              op: you can also go to any decent sandwich place and just ask them to skip the bread or you can dismantle it yourself and use a fork to eat. someplace like lagrassa's would be a great treat.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Legume or not, from what I've seen, baba ganoush has more carbs per serving than hummus. And soybeans are legumes; that's why I asked about soy sauce. Looks like it's about a gram of carbs per Tbsp.

                I don't think the OP asked for expert opinions only, just some options to break up the boring salad routine. I'm sure she can figure out what best fits her individual diet from the places suggested, and the more options for her to investigate the better.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    This says 10 g carbs per 1/3 cup baba ganoush so apparently it varies quite a bit.


    1. Thumbs up to Chinatown rec....good one. Falafel might be too carby for you.

      1. Bona Pita puts their meat and veggie toppings on salad greens. I think you could figure something out at Pita Thyme, Falafel King, Boston Kebab House and other places like that.

        1. Chacarero does offer a spinach salad with their meats over it.

          If you can pass up the pizza, pasta, and sandwiches for the steam table specials at Casa Razdora, they are always tasty and pretty much all protein / veg / fat if you select carefully.

          It is indeed a salad, but can be a great one at Zo with either their pork gyro or chicken - I prefer their tzaziki to their dressings - hold the bread usually given on the side (their soups and stews are also hearty and delicious - the lamb chili in season is a great choice).

          Finally, the meze bar at Boston Kebab House or Cafe De Boston usually has something that would work - just go early before they are reduced to desiccated leftover crusts on the pans...

          1. Thanks for the recs. Any Chinatown specifics? Like which restaurant/dish are your faves?

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            1. re: julieapfel

              Taiwan Cafe - beef with longhorn peppers (mildly spicy) or braised eggplant (but this is sweet...)

              China King - Hon Sue Beef (IF made by chef Edwin in the old King Fung Garden style - the one the other chef there makes is totally different and terrible) - it should be a dark brown to black pile of slivers of charred beef with a lot of onions / scallions (not a sweet technicolor mess of peppers and flavorless chunks of overly soft beef)

              1. re: rlh

                Erwin, but yes, if he's not in the kitchen the food is nowhere near as good.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  How do I know which one is Edwin/Erwin? Just ask?

                  1. re: julieapfel

                    Ask whoever seats you - it could be his wife Doris

              2. re: julieapfel

                A plate of garlic ribs or salt & pepper pork chops at Best Little, with a green vegetable if you like. Or are you only looking for "lunch plate" sized portions that don't require sharing/leftovers?

                1. re: Luther

                  Thanks Luther - I just got back from Best Little and had the salt and pepper pork chops and some chinese broccoli. They were delicious and I will definitely be back to try the garlic ribs and probably lots of other stuff. I had stopped by China King hoping for the Hon Sue Beef but Erwin is in China on vacation so I'll have to go back when he's back. Any other Chinatown recs? I am on a tear!