Easy On the Bread Basket? Um, No.

The Star Tribune ran some tips on how to make healthier choices when dining out, but this one is simply unacceptable from my perspective:

Plan ahead to eat out healthfully

Beware of the bread basket. Most restaurants serve a delicious selection of breads (or in a Mexican restaurant, a basket of chips) and butter. Instead of loading up before your entree arrives, enjoy just one piece of bread (or about a dozen chips with salsa) and forgo the butter. Better yet, skip the bread and order a cup of broth-based soup. Foods with high water content, like soup, fill you up so you won’t be tempted to overeat.

They admit that the breads are delicious, then tell us to have only one piece without butter or a cup of broth based soup – presumably without bread? That’s like telling people how good Ben & Jerry’s is, then steering them toward a sugar-free popsicle.

For those who are into their bread baskets, the best I’ve found in town is at Al Vento. Soft, savory bread with some olive oil and cracked pepper is soooo good.

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