Top 10 Heart-Healthy Restaurants in the U.S.
Dining out at a restaurant doesn't mean you have to abandon your diet.
Savvy chefs know that they don't have to drown a dish in butter to make it delicious -- lean sashimi, inventive salads and low-carb creations are just a few satisfying meals that can be low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat, but not low on taste. These top 10 heart-healthy restaurants in the U.S. offer healthy meal options that will help you to both eat well and live well.
Bennett's Pure Food Bistro
Bennett's Pure Food Bistro, Mercer Island, Wash.
Practically everything on the comfort-food menu at this stylish neighborhood bistro is local, organic and seasonal, including the cioppino brimming with seafood in a fennel-accented tomato broth, and Alaskan wild king salmon glazed with a lemony butter and blueberry sauce. Bennett's juicy gourmet cheeseburger served on toasted brioche is a winner. Made from freshly ground New York steak and pork shoulder, the massive patty is topped with melted Beecher's Flagship cheese (Beecher's Handmade Cheese in Pike Place Market and Pasta & Co gourmet deli shops are Bennett's siblings), pickled red onions and whole grain mustard-mayonnaise. Signature side dishes include a savory interpretation of the classic mac 'n' cheese. The extensive wine list features distinctive Northwest labels, but offerings are a bit pricey.
Canyon Ranch Grill
Canyon Ranch Grill, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sister of The Venetian's Canyon Ranch Café, the cozy Canyon Ranch Grill in the adjoining Palazzo features granite tabletops, a friendly 12-seat bar and an extensive menu that belies many myths about spa cuisine. Breakfast specialties include sweet potato hash with natural ham and poached egg, and the "Healthy Elvis," a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. For lunch, try the lump crab cakes with roasted pepper purée, halibut and shrimp ceviche with tomato and avocado, or a grilled ahi sandwich on focaccia with avocado, Swiss cheese, tomato and onion. Burgers include a grass-fed beef burger and the chicken burger---organic chicken breast ground with Southwestern spices. Fresh fruit smoothies and wines nicely complement the imaginative fare.
Claire's Corner Copia
Claire's Corner Copia, New Haven, Conn.
Since 1975, Claire's has been a New Haven, well, haven for health-food aficionados, offering up a veritable cornucopia of fresh, tasty, veggie-centric fare. But even the most rabid rabbits would be tempted by the luscious line-up of pies, cookies and cakes chef-owner Claire Criscuolo and her crew bake fresh daily as well (the Lithuanian coffee cake alone is worth the trip). They also offer breakfast to sleepily grateful co-eds all day, as well as good soups, pita sandwiches and big leafy salads that contain locally grown, sustainable organic products whenever possible. But wait, there's more: Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern favorites round out the eclectic menu, from flatbread pizzas and burritos to falafel. Prices are student-friendly, as is the service---which can, granted, be a bit too easygoing at times, but at least their attitude's in keeping with the hippie vibe. Order at the counter, and remember to recycle when you clear your table.