Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - The move for smaller portions in restaurants




LLV
06-04-2006, 10:28 AM
Pulled this poll question and calculated results from myway.com. Today's poll is asking whether or not restaurants should serve smaller portions. The results, so far, are as follows.

A new report funded by the Food and Drug Administration suggests that restaurants should serve smaller portions. The report concludes that since burgers, fries and pizza are the favorite "eating-out" foods in the United States, restaurants are in prime position to help improve people's diets and combat obesity. (AP)

Do you agree or disagree with the report's recommendation that restaurants serve smaller portions?
39% Agree
56% Disagree
4% say they're not sure.

I'll look at the poll later to see if the numbers change. But so far the majority of people disagree. And, in a way, I can understand why. When you go into a restaurant and pay for a meal, you don't want your plate coming back with hardly nothing on it. In a way I disagree as well. I believe it's up to us to exercise portion control. Eat half the meal, take the other half home. But if we want to sit and eat all of it, that's our choice too. I don't believe it's a restaurant's responsibility to force people to eat less to combat obesity. That's OUR responsibility.

However, there are some restaurants that are out of control with the portions. But apparently, many people seem to like it that way.

Do you agree with the possibility that restaurants may be forced to serve smaller portions? Or do you think it's just another control issue?


LLV
06-04-2006, 11:00 AM
Let me clarify what I mean by "control issue."

Hypothetically speaking, let's say all food manufacturers took every single one of their products and made them lowfat or fat-free. Or all sugar-free, for that matter. Every single product in the grocery store is now diet-conscious. Your regular versions of your favorite foods are now gone and you're 'forced' to eat all fat-free and sugar-free.

Basically, they would be controlling what we eat. And that's something I don't agree with.

I realize obsesity is a growing problem (I used to be one of them) but it wasn't a grocery store that made me fat, it wasn't a restaurant that made me fat, it was ME that made me fat.

I think what would help is better education out there to allow people to gain better knowledge of how to eat right. Actually, there *is* the information out there, the internet is a sea of knowledge. I think the people who could stick their necks out a little more to help are places like Curves and Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig and those 'diet plan' organizations that sometimes charge an arm and a leg. More people would like to join these organizations, but they simply can't afford it. Buying the meals gets too expensive, for one thing. Although I personally don't believe in diets, it's at least a place where people can get a start and learn how to eat better for life.

Also, food manufacturers that make these 'diet foods' could help by lowering prices on their items. The 'diet' versions of many food products are anywhere from $1 to $5 higher than their full-fat counterparts. They literally force us to pay more money to eat healthier. That discourages people as well because they look at the full-fat product as opposed to the diet version and end up grabbing the full-fat version because it's less expensive.

Make it EASIER for people to eat healthy. I think that would be a good start.

wish4fit
06-04-2006, 11:08 AM
I for one would LOVE if restaurants would serve smaller portions. It's just so tempting to keep on eating when a big, delicious plate of food is in front of you. While a take-home box sounds like a nice idea, how often do we say things to ourselves like "Oh, there's just not quite enough to make a second meal, so maybe I'll just finish it" or "Leftovers are just never as good so I'll think I'll just eat this while it's hot and fresh" or " I paid for all this food, i wouldn't want it going to waste", etc, etc, etc.

What I would really like to see are OPTIONS. I love places that have begun selling 1/2 size portions, 'lite' bites, or even meals split for two. That way if you come in starved and you really feel like you need the large portion, you can have it. Otherwise, you can be satisfied with the smaller version and hopefully end up saving some money on food that was probably just going straight to your thighs anyway!! :)

Well, that's my 2 cents!


Dinahgirl
06-04-2006, 12:06 PM
We need to realize that the makers of "diet" foods are, just like every other industry, in it for the money. The same with Jenny Craig, Curves and WW. They aren't non-profit community service organizations. They've discovered that people who diet are a customer base that can always be counted on to join, buy, switch, and try everything.

We also need to realize that the choice is ours. We don't HAVE to eat in restaurants. And when we choose to, we can eat half the plate and take the other half for another meal, or we can order a side salad or soup or something else. We don't even have to give our money to chains who make their money on giant, fatladen, cheese-topped platters of empty calories.

We need to understand that we are in control of what we put into our mouths. We are the ones who want to lose weight --the diet and food industries are just competing for our money.

My 2 cents!;)

adaem
06-04-2006, 12:16 PM
Amen Dinahgirl! While I agree it would be nice not to be tempted with large portions and maybe have choices, I really agree that ultimately it is up to us. We need to be in control and if we can't, well, stay at home and make a healthy salad.

Ophelia924
06-04-2006, 12:47 PM
Isn't it the consumers choice as to whether or not they finish a plate. When I order food at a place where I know the portions are on the larger size I automatically cut the food in half so I know when I am done. I also must give props to those restaurants with half-portions or even a light menu. I also know that at some places you can always ask for a lunch menu. Two examples are Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Even so... It never hurts to ask.

As i stated though portion control is the responsibility of yourself not a restaurant. An example would be me today. We went to a place where I knew the portions were huge. I wanted a cheesesteak so bad, but knew i didn't want all that bread that was for sure. I asked for it to be served in a whole wheat wrap and still cut the cheesesteak in half and even shared my half with my one year old. Of course this is a place where the steaks are so big that my DH only ate 1/4 of his steak.

Ok climbing off the soapbox now!

LLV
06-04-2006, 01:35 PM
We need to realize that the makers of "diet" foods are, just like every other industry, in it for the money.
Yeah, but they could be a little more forgiving, lol.

Not that I use any diet plans or anything like that, but I've heard several people say they'd do it if they could only afford it.

However, that's quite possibly an excuse. I know it was one of mine.

Now that I eat healthier, I go ahead and pay the extra money for the "diet-conscious" items. It's worth it to me if it cuts fat and calories. Of course I'm a lot more determined now that I used to be, so maybe that's part of it too. People sometimes use the money excuse as a way to stay 'lazy' about dieting. "Oh, that's too expensive, so I guess I'll just have to stay fat the rest of my life."

But what some of them don't realize is you don't have to spend a lot of money on diet-conscious foods to lose weight. Just like you don't have to go into a restaurant and plow a 20-ounce steak and a baked potato the size of a softball.

No, it's NOT easy to be served a whole plate full of food and resist eating it. But you CAN. If you've got the willpower and the determination, stick half of that meal into a take-home container before you dig in to the other half. Sure it's tempting to eat the whole thing. But YOU are in control. You're also in control of what you order in the first place.

I like wish4fit's idea - rather than restaurants being forced to downsize every entree, why not offer "half-sized portions" of each entree instead? Of course they'd have to offer them at half the cost as well and most restaurants would probably rather we go ahead and pay for the full serving and what we do with the rest of it is our problem.

Glory87
06-04-2006, 01:37 PM
I agree that portion control is the responsibility of the consumer. I think it would be a lot easier to eat only half the portion of the fat/calorie content was posted right in the menu. I mean, prices are posted and we make decisions around the price (Oh, the steak for 18.00 is too expensive, I'll have the 11.00 shrimp) we should be able to make similar judgements around calorie content (Oh, the Kung Pao chicken is 1200 calories, I can't "afford" that, I'll have the Scallops for 700 calories).

I just go into restaurants thinking that I will eat half. I get to go boxes immediately, I box it up immediately, I don't have any problems. I've worked too hard to blow it on fettucini alfredo, no pasta is worth losing my size 6 jeans.

LLV
06-04-2006, 02:11 PM
I just go into restaurants thinking that I will eat half. I get to go boxes immediately, I box it up immediately, I don't have any problems. I've worked too hard to blow it on fettucini alfredo, no pasta is worth losing my size 6 jeans.
Amen, woooo!

That's the same way I always think. I remember how I felt about myself when I was heavy. That was horrible. I hated myself. I never wanted to go anywhere. Now I have more confidence, I've been going out with my friends more and enjoying myself, I love slipping into a pair of jeans and bouncing out the door instead of staring in my closet for 15 minutes trying to find something that would cover me. Now I pick out clothes I WANT to wear. Not clothes I HAVE to wear because nothing else will fit.

Do I wanna go back to being heavy and hating myself? No way. No food is worth that. None.

ValRock
06-04-2006, 03:00 PM
I agree with the ladies that say the choice is up to the consumer. It would be NICE if resturaunts were more health concious but the simple fact is that they have to cater to the masses and let's face it America, as a whole, (even though the majority are overweight) is not that concerned with health. Quick fixes and gimmicks are a whole different ballgame. I take responsibility for my own food choices and if the portion size is too large I get a to-go box immediately and there's lunch for the next day :).

LLV
06-04-2006, 05:02 PM
I agree with the ladies that say the choice is up to the consumer. It would be NICE if resturaunts were more health concious but the simple fact is that they have to cater to the masses and let's face it America, as a whole, (even though the majority are overweight) is not that concerned with health.
Exactly.

If they start cutting portions, they're gonna start cutting business, I'm afraid.

Sunnigummi
06-09-2006, 11:36 AM
Plus, I read this article somewhere on MSN (forgive me, it was a long time ago and I really don't remember where/when I read it) but it mentioned that restaurants have made their portions bigger and inflated their prices without offering the same increase in food. Yes, they serve a little more pasta, but if you look at the fat content vs. the veggie content of the dish, the fat has skyrocketed and the veggie has stayed the same or decreased. Now the Italian restaurant that my family and I go to a lot is Olive Garden and I've noticed this over the years. For approx 15 bucks, you can get ravioli stuffed with crab and shrimp. Fine. When you get your plate it's bigger than your head, but there's only 8 raviolis on there. Ok, I understand that maybe they tweaked with the size so that it's 13% bigger but it's not big enough to notice. So back to the dish...what's it practically swimming in? Fat! In the form of cream, butter, olive oil...lard (:( ) whatever it is. I've always felt that the taste of those sauces is so thick and gooey that you get filled up on the greasiness of it all rather than the amount of pasta. I think restaurants shouldn't cut down on portion sizes because consumers have to take some accountability for their weight gain and become responsible in terms of eating. However, if restaurants are going to up their portion sizes, increase EVERYTHING on the plate - not just carbs and fat. Since vegetables are more expensive than fat, restaurants buy fat in bulk but keep the amount of veggies bought the same, thus you're getting more fat calories than just overall calories - if that makes sense. My main point is: Restaurants should not be held liable for a consumer's attitude toward food. However, they shouldn't inflate food portions with extra cream sauce just because it's cheap. That's deceitful. Why not increase ALL the components of the meal?

nelie
06-09-2006, 12:16 PM
I agree that restaurants should serve smaller portions but I don't think they should be forced to do it. One of my favorite restaurants serves decent portions but it is also expensive. The food is really good and even with eating an appetizer, entree and dessert, I didn't feel overstuffed last time I went there. It is hard to control yourself when food is sitting in front of you but I've also learned to portion control myself in restaurants.

Tani
06-09-2006, 01:11 PM
Maybe it's because I'm lazy, but I love having leftovers for lunch. Sometimes I even get two leftover lunches out a meal ;)

It is nice though, if you can get less when you want to. (and not pay full price for a half order) I order sides a lot when I don't want leftovers. I'll get a single pancake and poached egg for breakfast or what not.

Misti in Seattle
06-11-2006, 11:24 AM
I just go into restaurants thinking that I will eat half. I get to go boxes immediately, I box it up immediately, I don't have any problems. I've worked too hard to blow it on fettucini alfredo, no pasta is worth losing my size 6 jeans.

I do the same... but I still wish I didn't have to pay for a bunch of crap I DON'T want just to take it home and eat it again!!! Often I just avoid going out to eat at all rather than spend twice what an average meal should cost and having to cart half of it home in cartons.

Of course it's up to the consumer... but reality is in MOST cases the choices are not THERE! There ARE several restaurants around here that now offer grilled chicken and steamed veggies, etc... but unfortunately this is not even on the menu; you have to KNOW about it and ASK for it on your own. Now would it REALLY hurt them to let customers know it is available? The fact that it is less expensive generally than a huge meal DOES play a role in this, IMO.

lilybelle
06-11-2006, 11:43 AM
I eat at one cafe pretty frequently because they will cater to my needs. They will get me a denver omelet and leave off the hash brown and toast and charge me $3.00 less . They also do fix my chef salad or taco salad and leave off the chips or crackers and charge me less. I can get the lunch special of meatloaf with salad and green beans and not have the mashed potatoes, gravy and roll they put with it for the other customers. There portions are just right and I don't have to take some home. I do take home extra portions at restaurants that serve large meals. My DH will take it to work for his dinner. We are each responsible for how much we eat, it isn't the restaurants fault.

Jayde
06-11-2006, 11:59 AM
Often I just avoid going out to eat at all rather than spend twice what an average meal should cost and having to cart half of it home in cartons.

I absolutely agree. When I go out to eat I want to enjoy myself.. eat something fresh and continue on with my evening. I don't want to be burdened with leftovers. After a meal at a restaurant I am not necessarily going straight home anyway. Besides I have plenty of left overs at home. When I eat I want to eat fresh. Especially if I am paying a lot for it.

To order a meal that is more than double the size of what a meal should be is insane to me. Portions should be smaller.. and if they are too small then people should order a double portion or more courses. I think about the times I lived overseas and ate out. Many of the places I lived most people didn't go straight from whatever they were doing to their private cars. They walked or took buses or subways. How strange it would be to see people walking around with "doggie" boxes. It just doesn't happen. At a restaurant you should order, enjoy the food, enjoy the company and then move on with your evening. We live in an insane upside down society when it comes to food here in the States. It is no wonder that I don't eat out often.. and when I do I am picky about where and what I eat. I am paying for it. Through the wallet and the waist.

Suzanne 3FC
06-11-2006, 01:26 PM
In many cases, restaurants have increased portion sizes by loading up on cheap fillers, such as pasta and rice. If they cut portions in half, they can't necessarily cut prices in half, nor should they. We're paying for more than food. We're paying for staff wages, chef's labor, electricity, advertising, license fees, table linens, etc. None of that changes when our portion sizes are cut. And we're paying for the experience of dining out, having someone else do the cooking, while we sit and be pampered. Though I'd rather the experience didn't include unzipping my pants and moaning "why did I eat that much" :lol: And that's probably the heart of the issue. As others pointed out, just because it's there, doesn't mean we have to eat it.

We can learn to control ourselves and leave the excess pasta, fatty sauces, etc behind. But I think one of the bigger problems is that people get used to the large portions, then when they cook at home, they want to duplicate the experience. It wasn't the pasta that made us fat. It was the platter of pasta that made us fat.

My sisters and I have often talked about opening a small restaurant that served normal portions of healthy foods, suitable for people losing or maintaining their weight. We just don't know if we'd have any customers :lol:

kindred
06-11-2006, 01:35 PM
I agree that portion control is the responsibility of the consumer. I think it would be a lot easier to eat only half the portion of the fat/calorie content was posted right in the menu. I mean, prices are posted and we make decisions around the price (Oh, the steak for 18.00 is too expensive, I'll have the 11.00 shrimp) we should be able to make similar judgements around calorie content (Oh, the Kung Pao chicken is 1200 calories, I can't "afford" that, I'll have the Scallops for 700 calories).
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I have noticed mcdonalds is posting the nutrition facts on the wrapers/boxes of most of their sandwiches (even my kids happy meal) I hope more chains catch on to that.

Jayde
06-11-2006, 02:24 PM
In many cases, restaurants have increased portion sizes by loading up on cheap fillers, such as pasta and rice. If they cut portions in half, they can't necessarily cut prices in half, nor should they. We're paying for more than food. We're paying for staff wages, chef's labor, electricity, advertising, license fees, table linens, etc. None of that changes when our portion sizes are cut.

Absolutely... if we were only concerned with paying for someone to cook for us and not the entire dining experience we'd do take out. :D

I think as consumers become more healthy savvy the restaurants will catch up. They do have a business to run and as long as the demand is there the products will be too.

Misti in Seattle
06-11-2006, 05:56 PM
In many cases, restaurants have increased portion sizes by loading up on cheap fillers, such as pasta and rice. If they cut portions in half, they can't necessarily cut prices in half, nor should they. We're paying for more than food.

To a large extent that is true but not entirely... a LOT of restaurants serve HUGE portions of meat even. And sure we can leave all the huge portions of pasta and sauces and stuff on our plates... after we have paid a fortune for it!! :)

Besides personally I would expect to pay more than "half" -- a decent price is okay. There are a FEW restaurants around here that do it, and they get a lot of customers. I think especially women when they are eating with men, etc.

I too doubt whether restaurants with known small portions would do that well... but if they offered BOTH they would do a huge business IMO.

I too lived in a foreign country and in a restaurant they served normal adequate portions... in fact people there who had been to the US were aghast at the portion sizes. LOL I remember one of my Filipino friends (when I lived in Manila) said he had come to the US and unknowingly ordered a large Coke. He said... "I didn't want to SWIM in it; I just wanted a DRINK!" :)

And of course it is our responsibility how much we eat... I'm not disputing that; just saying I would like to see an OPTION in restaurants. Because of that when I DO go to a restaurant I often just get a small cup of soup or dinner salad and do without rather than buy enough food to have to cart home in boxes... food which I don't WANT and yes, if I want to eat leftovers, I'll raid my own refrigerator, thanks. :) And VERY often there is absolutely NOTHING on a restaurant menu that is not LOADED with fat and calories. You either eat it -- AND buy enough extra to have to hire a truck to haul it home... or do without.

I DO take personal responsibility... that's why I go home having eaten almost nothing half the time. :) And I just don't think I am anywhere near the ONLY business many of them lose because they don't serve anything halfway healthy or in a decent sized portion.

BridgetJFan
06-11-2006, 06:49 PM
Suzanne, if you and your sisters opened your restaurant in my town, you'd have at least one customer, lol! Can I make a request? Pizza with thin whole wheat crust and healthy ingredients?

I do want options when I go to a restaurant. I'm tired of going through a drive-thru and the smallest beverage is 16 oz. When I was working my way through school in a fast food restaurant, the average small beverage was 12 oz. Let them serve the megasizes for those who want it, I want the old "small." I don't think bigger is necessarily better value.

When my daughter goes to stay overseas, she always loses about 20-25 lbs, partly because the dinner plates and portions are smaller and everyone walks everywhere.

RE: Curves I think $29 per month for the average membership is pretty reasonable when you take into account costs of staff, facility rental, equipment, insurance, etc. I'm not sure anyone could operate such a business at a lower cost. If they can, they'd better do it and the world will beat a path to their door, IMHO--BJ

Meg
06-11-2006, 07:00 PM
I was out at a restaurant last night where the first page of the menu was called 'Small Plates'. Not appetizers or starters, but small plates. :) All the items on the Small Plates part of the menu were far more interesting (and cheaper!) than the usual entrees. I had a lovely beet salad with goat cheese, greens, and walnuts and a small plate of bruschetta and crabmeat and was completely satisfied. I'm seeing more half portions and such on menus and so long as they sell, I'm sure they'll continue to be offered.

Misti in Seattle
06-11-2006, 07:20 PM
My sisters and I have often talked about opening a small restaurant that served normal portions of healthy foods, suitable for people losing or maintaining their weight. We just don't know if we'd have any customers :lol:

Yah well as I recall you didn't think this website would go anywhere either!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

veggielover
06-12-2006, 10:16 AM
HOnestly, I'm for the smaller portions, but I hope the prices go down accordingly. Otherwise, I'd be really angry paying the same price for somehting smaller when I can doggy-bag the other portion home!

BridgetJFan
06-15-2006, 10:17 AM
Wow, I love the idea of the small plates section! Even if I take the leftovers home, they don't usually do anything but grow mold in my fridge. Nobody wants to eat leftovers at my house so even if I pay extra, I'm no worse off financially, but better off dietwise because then it takes the temptation away. Hope that idea catches on. BJ

chicagoposter
06-15-2006, 10:49 AM
I was out at a restaurant last night where the first page of the menu was called 'Small Plates'. Not appetizers or starters, but small plates. :) All the items on the Small Plates part of the menu were far more interesting (and cheaper!) than the usual entrees. I had a lovely beet salad with goat cheese, greens, and walnuts and a small plate of bruschetta and crabmeat and was completely satisfied. I'm seeing more half portions and such on menus and so long as they sell, I'm sure they'll continue to be offered.

that's why i love tapas restaurants!!! it's small plate menus. my SO and i go all the time (when we go out). each person orders 2-3 small plates (two each is enough) and they're each $4-5. it's great because you can taste a lot of things, and you can get one healthy thing, and 3 bad ones, eat the healthy one and snack on the other three bad ones. :D

usually it's spanish style, but recently a italian tapas place opened up.

personally, i don't mind the larger portions because i'm going to pay for it anyway. it's my choice what i order in larger portions and how much i eat. but in the end, when i dine, i love dining a la small plate menus or salad and appetizer.

KristasMom
06-15-2006, 11:00 AM
I'm a big fan of California Pizza - many of their salads and entrees are huge, but you can order a 1/2 size. They are only a couple of dollars cheaper - but, heck, I'm really paying for ambience, and a big enough meal.

DH and I also split an appetizer and, sometimes, dessert.

Now, that's my definition of out to dinner.

Sue

phantastica
06-15-2006, 11:01 AM
I don't care if they keep the larger sizes, but I'd like to see them at least offer a "reasonable"/small-plate option. On good days, I'll bring home half of my pasta. But if I'm in a low mood, I'm not leaving Olive Garden with a to-go box.

I think I read something about a petition for Chipotle to offer smaller sizes. Now *that* would be something ... they have healthy choices, but it's just soooo large.

Glory87
06-15-2006, 11:17 AM
I can easily eat a whole veggie bol at Chipotle. I think I am addicted to their hot salsa.

ameliaamy
06-15-2006, 11:48 AM
Personally, I'd love it if fast food places offered small sizes other than the kids menu. Mmm... if McDonalds made a Mini Mac combo, with a small fry and kid-sized drink, that would be great. :devil: 700 calories, almost no redeeming nutritional value, but not as much damage as a normal Big Mac Combo (not supersized). A reasonable 3x/year treat.

Right now I order off the kids menu, but there's not as much variety as on the adult menu. And if I'm going out for fast food, I'm NOT in the mood for a salad! ;)

-Amy

Jayde
06-15-2006, 12:06 PM
that's why i love tapas restaurants!!! it's small plate menus. my SO and i go all the time (when we go out). each person orders 2-3 small plates (two each is enough) and they're each $4-5. it's great because you can taste a lot of things, and you can get one healthy thing, and 3 bad ones, eat the healthy one and snack on the other three bad ones. :D

Tapas sounds fantastic. I did a quick search and only found 3 restaurants. All in CT. Hm... I wish that concept would catch on in lots of other places. Imagine... the restaurant doesn't even have a freezer. Everything is fresh from the market. Sign me up for lunch next time I go through CT.

Jayde
06-15-2006, 12:08 PM
ah wait... I found more Tapas in Illinnois and California. Maybe there is hope yet.

Glory87
06-15-2006, 12:36 PM
There are definitely tapas places in Dallas and Seattle (the last two places I've lived).

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=great+tapas+restaurants+in+the+US&fr=FP-tab-web-t&toggle=1&cop=&ei=UTF-8

Just the first screen of this search pulls up tapas in Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, South Beach FL, Chicago, Baltimore...I thought it was gaining in popularity. Have you searched by "Spanish" restaurants in your area?

Jayde
06-15-2006, 12:41 PM
So that makes CT, Illinois, California, Florida, Washington, Texas, and Maryland. I will be looking closer into authentic Spanish and Mediterranean restaurants in my area for sure. I really like what I've heard so far. It just might help me eat out a little more often. Thanks, Glory.

chicagoposter
06-15-2006, 01:02 PM
here's the menu at the one that i frequent....

http://www.cafeiberico.com/menu.html


in case anyone was wondering what spanish tapas were like.

Jayde
06-15-2006, 04:40 PM
Chicago, how on earth do you decide? Everything sounds so good! And the prices are so reasonable. I gotta find me one of these close by. This is my kind of dining.

junebug41
06-16-2006, 08:49 AM
I've noticed lately that menus are offering "half size" portions, especially in regards to main-dish salads and pasta dishes. I appreciate that. I never order it, but I appreciate it. I also love leftovers, but am one of those people that forgets it on the table anyway.

I also don't agree with restaurants putting their patrons on a portion controlled diet, but I do think they can certainly offer half sizes as well.

Misti in Seattle
06-17-2006, 09:49 AM
Well I realize that this is probably my own little personal (and useless) "rebellion" :) but lately when I go into a restaurant I ASK if they have a smaller portions menu or a senior menu. When told no, I ask if they can do just plain grilled chicken breast with veggies. A lot of them actually do this but they don't list it on the menu. Last night the waitress even offered to substitute that on one of the meals for the meat and give me the meal for the same price.

When I was asking about smaller portions she mentioned the lunch section and said I could order from it... but I pointed out politely that there was nothing at all healthful on it as it was all deep fried, french fries, etc.

Again, probably useless... but perhaps if enough of us start asking for more healthful options, they will begin providing them. It is amazing how many times I go into a restaurant and there is absolutely NOTHING on the menu that is not loaded with fat, creamy sauces, etc.

thirdangel
06-17-2006, 03:49 PM
I don't know, it's just a recommendation, making smaller portions doesn't necessarily mean the people will eat less... you can still order multiple entrees, or appetizers and desserts. It could go either way for restaurant business and be good or bad, but overall it sounds almost as reasonable as a junk food tax - which is not at all.