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The Cellar - A healthful BYOB experience

Heart healthy red wine is a fantastic addition to any bistro meal.
Heart healthy red wine is a fantastic addition to any bistro meal.

For those wine drinkers out there, this little bistro is a unique experience.   With this B.Y.O.B. restaurant, you can pay a small fee to store a supply of wine in "The Cellar" (pun intended) for easy access the next time you decide to dine there!  Red wine can be a great asset to a healthy diet, providing lots of antioxidants, which act as a bodily defense, preventing the oxidation process in which reactive particles known as "free radicals" cause damage to healthy cells. 

Another adoring feature of "The Cellar" is that they showcase local produce from farms including Creekside Farm, Camelot Valley Artisan Goat Cheese and Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.  In many of the dishes on the menu, you can find a variety of fresh vegetables such as artichokes, tomatoes, red onion, portabellos, scallions, and organic greens.

One of their signature items is the butternut squash soup with crispy pancetta (Italian bacon) and maple drizzle.  Low in fat and high in fiber, butternut squash is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants as well.  Supplying a great deal of Vitamin B6 and potassium along with Vitamin A, this menu option makes a very nutritional option for just $5.95 per bowl!       

Another winner that you could choose from would be the black bean hummus with pita bread and red pepper confit.   The fiber and protein from the black beans and chickpeas make a stellar combination with the whole grains from the pita dippers.  Adding to the flavor and the fiber kick, you've got the red pepper confit to top it all off.

The salads look to be fairly sound options too, but be careful of the toppings like creamy buttermilk dressing on the Napa chicken salad,  and the Applewood bacon and blue cheese accompanying the cobb salad.  Both are sure to contain high amounts of fat and calories.  Instead, opt for the Thai shrimp and mango salad, giving you a healthy dose of protein from the shrimp, mango, greens, red onion, toasted coconut, and citrus vinaigrette on the side. 

For the main course, try the Tuscan Cacciucco, which is a protein powerhouse full of monkfish, shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, clams, and roasted garlic-tomato broth. Seafood is fairly low in calories and very low in fat, as long as its not battered and fried! There's even a vegetarian choice called the Sesame Crusted Tofu, combining braised bok choy, bean sprouts, seared bamboo shoot, sweet chili reduction, and crushed peanuts.

For more information:

The Cellar Restaurant, 433 North 21st Street, Camp Hill, 717.724.2803


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