Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Passing Judgment - DC Chain I

There are a few chain restaurants in DC that I am absolutely in LOVE with.  The first of these is Chop't.  Originally established in New York City, there are now a few locations in DC. Chop't boasts organic veggies, naturally raised meats, and a broad selection of heirloom lettuces.  The owners and creators Colin and Tony state, "We made it our mission that only premium, ultra-fresh food would pass through our doors. Nothing processed. No trans fats. No pre-cut or pre-shredded anything. Just wholesome, delicious farm fresh food that would delight, inspire and nourish." Because of the quality ingredients the food at Chop't exceptionally delicious and healthy!

Chop't offers a number of their own salad creations, but of course you can build your own with topics such as: beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, snow peas, corn, potatoes, artichoke hearts, cheddar cheese, grilled asparagus, chick peas, tuna, tofu, ham, chicken, turkey, egg whites, and the list goes on.

Chop't also offers four categories of dressing - classic, bold, exotic, and spa (their low-cal option).  Within these groups there are 5 to 10 flavor options. The spa options are really good, while they may lack in calories there is no lacking in flavor.

My typical order is the Palm Beach Shrimp (picture above).  This salad includes shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, hearts of palm, and avocado.  I usually order the Spa Tex Mex Ranch as my dressing, it's not the one they suggest, but it's too good for me to leave it off.  For this whole salad, which by the way is huge, it's only 320 calories and 12 grams of fat.*

Judged as a super healthy and delicious lunch option.


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