You might think that eating at a seafood restaurant makes for a meal that is automatically healthy. That’s only partly true.
While you certainly don’t have the pitfalls that other restaurants might have (baskets of chips, pitchers of beer), you do have wine, breadbaskets with real butter, and rich, heavy sauces.
Those watching their waistlines can still have a delicious --and even decadent-- meal at Bonefish Grill. Use these tips to navigate towards the healthiest menu items.
Choose before you go. Bonefish Grill has an online menu that even lists daily specials, so you can choose the best dishes while you’re still at home. Make up your mind before you go, then order without looking at the menu when you arrive. You won’t be tempted by some of the richer options.
Pay attention to the preparation. The way a fish is cooked can make a huge difference in the amount of calories and fat. Bonefish Grill makes it easy on your diet by featuring grilled fish choices all in one place on the menu. Stick to grilled options, and avoid the sauteed, stuffed and pre-sauced entrees.
Stay seasonal. Bonefish Grill changes some of its menu items by season, and keeping an eye on the new seasonal sides and dishes can help you keep the nutritonal value of your meal high. For example: try Tomato Slices with Balsamic Vinegar instead of a Caesar, and trade the fat for a healthy dose of lycopene.
Pick lean seafood. Luckily for dieters, the best seafood choices are also some of the most decadent. Lobster tail, scallops and shrimp are lightweights when it comes to calories, but among the best when it comes to taste.
Watch what’s on top. The worst thing you can do is drown your lovely lean fish in butter, but there are tasty ways around doing so. Try topping your entree with Bonefish Grill’s savory Mango Salsa instead.
Make a meal of a salad. Bonefish Grill’s entree-sized salads are fun and filling, so you won’t even notice that you’re saving calories. Try the Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Salad, and you won’t miss out on the seafood either.
Examiner’s menu picks for healthy eating at Bonefish Grill
- Ahi Tuna Sashimi
- Bonefish House Salad
- Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Salad
- Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa (request no sour cream, or on the side)
- Steamed Cold Water Lobster Tails
- Grilled Tilapia
Bonefish Grill locations in Knoxville:
11395 Parkside Drive (Turkey Creek)
Phone: (865) 966-9777
6610 Kingston Pike
Phone: (865) 558-5743
More Healthy Eating Guides for Knoxville Dieters:
Eating Healthy at Wild Wing Cafe
Eating Healthy at Mellow Mushroom
Eating Healthy at Sitar Indian Restaurant
Eating Healthy at Bayou Bay Seafood House
Eating Healthy at PF Chang's
Eating Healthy at Cracker Barrel