South Beach Diet - What would you order? Advice appreciated!

03-10-2011, 06:09 PM
Forgive me in advance for starting another thread on what to order at a restaurant, but I'd really like your opinions.

I'm meeting a friend at a restaurant for dinner, but after perusing their menu I must admit I am stumped!

The descriptive menu here (
The nutritional information for the dishes here (
I'm on Phase 2

I know we don't officially count calories, but if the salads are all over 600 kcals they can't be SBD friendly!

So... what should I order?

I just don't want to show up without a plan and wind up ordering spaghetti & kobe meatballs! :lol:

NB: I don't eat fish or seafood.

03-10-2011, 06:20 PM
Wow. I'm stumped too! I can't view the nutritional facts as the page isn't iPhone friendly (I'm having an issue with the drop down menus... I can only see Appetizers and I can't scroll past the first few in the list.) At first glance, I would probably go with The Tandoori Chicken Flatbread, hold the flatbread! Lots of great veggies and chicken... I wonder what the nutrition facts would look like for the chicken itself and the eggplant chutney???

03-10-2011, 06:26 PM
I had the same issue on my iPhone with the nutritional info. When I got home, I discovered, unfortunately, that it only gets harder when you can see the nutritional info!

Chicken tandoori flatbread: 1130 calories, 50g fat, 120g carbs, 67g protein :eek:

03-10-2011, 06:35 PM
I'd go with one of the salads, with the dressing on the side, and only eat 1/2 of it and take the other half home. You could also ask if they have a brothy soup, and have that with your salad. Pass on the garlic bread, though. ;)

03-10-2011, 06:36 PM
YIKES!!! I wonder how much of that is the flatbread... Hmmmm... And I wonder if the chicken or eggplant chutney have any kind of sweetness to them. I dunno what to tell you!!! I would be just as lost and confused!!! The nutrition info page does say that if you're on a specific diet to email them for a personalized menu, though. When are you going... Tonight?

03-10-2011, 06:42 PM
I would order a house salad rather than their meal salad, dressing on the side, and find something on the appetizer menu like the chicken/lettuce wrap thingies.

03-10-2011, 06:48 PM
The chicken lettuce wraps have 930 calories! How is this even possible!?

Going through this menu is very eye opening for me! Eating out too often is one of my big problems, and, clearly, even when I think I'm making decent choices, I'm not!

I really wish Canada would institute the similar policies as restaurants in NYC mandating visibly posting nutritional information. Sure would make me think twice before ordering (it worked for me when I visited NYC!).

I'm thinking house salad and edamame? Or seeing if they can just add some chicken to their regular house salad.

03-10-2011, 06:59 PM
Get something of of their GLUTEN FREE MENU...the ROTISSERIE CHICKEN (& ribs...ask if you can skip ribs and more chicken, if you don't want ribs)...skip the mashed potatoes and go double of some other seasonal/steamed veggies. Also, like others said, a side salad w/dressing on the side...or try the chicken lettuce wrap appetizer.

03-10-2011, 07:01 PM
Just remember - if you ask, most restaurants will often make whatever you ask them to make. Salad with grilled chicken is a good start!

Mindless Games
03-10-2011, 07:08 PM
Ultimatebea is correct :)
I worked in food and beverage off and on for 20 years. Most of the places I worked at would coach servers on different diets (improves customer satisfaction)
Let your server know what diet you are on and what you can and can not have.
They can help you put together a meal that's within your plan.

03-10-2011, 07:11 PM
What about having a salad like others have suggested and take your own low fat or fat free dressing. I've done this several times.

03-10-2011, 07:42 PM
what about the ahi tuna salad, dressing on the side, no peanuts or crispy noodles. you'll likely get a huge salad, so eat half and bring the other half home.

03-10-2011, 07:46 PM
If it were me, I'd have either:

1. The Beach Salad - minus the candied pecans - with oil and vinegar instead of the dressing they have. Their dressings sound like they are not only full fat but also loaded with sugar.


2. The Grilled Chicken Souvalki - minus the Pita - substitute the house salad with oil and vinegar dressing for the fries.

Good for you for planning ahead of time... :high: making a decision before hand makes all the difference for me, if I don't I'm more likely to be tempted and make a bad decision while looking at the menu at the restaurant.

03-10-2011, 08:57 PM
I would have the salmon but hold the maple butter sauce.

03-10-2011, 09:54 PM guys missed her saying she doesn't eat fish. ;) I don't reckon my 2 cents are worth anything right now since it's past dinner time, LOL

03-10-2011, 10:56 PM
Thanks for your help everyone!

The Results: I ordered a beach salad with dressing on the side and no candied pecans. I received a beach salad with candied pecans and dressing. And I ate it :ink:

Luckily, I'd planned for this meal out as soon as I found out about it at lunch time, and it motivated me to resist other snacks, etc. My total calories for the day were still on target, even with all the dressing and the pecans.

03-11-2011, 05:54 AM
The Results: I ordered a beach salad with dressing on the side and no candied pecans. I received a beach salad with candied pecans and dressing. And I ate it :ink:

This is my number one pet peeve about eating out! I won't eat a salad anymore which has the dressing on it, although I'd certainly work around the pecans. That's why I mentioned above that I always give a second reminder...then if it comes with dressing I can very politely say that I do need it on the side. If I'm in a social situation, I'll even get up to wash my hands and catch the waitress on the way for the second reminder.

For me, eating extra calories I didn't ask for anymore (not to mention saturated fats/bad oils,etc) and then paying big money just isn't acceptable...and btw I'm very gracious about it.

Glad it fit into your calorie plan!

03-11-2011, 12:34 PM
I have sent salads back that don't come as I ordered them. If I ordered it that way, that's the way I want it, and they need to fix it!