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RESTAURANT REVIEW

A Healthy Restaurant, For a Change

Lo Fat Know Fat Grille and CafÉ: Alternative Food With Nutritional Information

By Lauren Nowierski

Lo Fat Know Fat Grille and CafÉ

222 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA

(617) 923-2234

Mon-Fri, 10 - 9:30; Sat 10 - 9; Sun, 11 - 9

Dining out is practically taboo for those who are very serious about watching their weight. Most restaurants worry more about food presentation, portions, and taste than they worry about how many calories and fat are in each plate.

Often, food that is prepared at a restaurant contains more calories and a much greater fat content than the same dish prepared at home because most menus do not account for the nutritional information of each dish. Occasionally you will encounter a restaurant that asterisks the healthy choice on the menu, and most waiters should be able to let you know which is the healthiest item on the menu; however, this still is not the norm.

With around 65 percent of Americans classified as overweight, there is obviously a need for some healthy alternatives. Lo Fat Know Fat Grille and CafÉ is exactly what the doctor ordered. Located just down the road from the Arsenal Mall in Watertown, Lo Fat Know Fat boasts of one of the healthiest menus in the Boston area, and has all the nutritional information listed on the menu to prove it.

Lo Fat Know Fat is not a sit-down service restaurant, but it does have tables available for those who wish to eat there. They also have a delivery/take out option. Their seven-page menu is not seven pages long because of an incredible amount of food, but because it lists each item on the menu and then lists the appropriate nutritional information, such as number of calories, fat content (both saturated and unsaturated fats), grams of protein and most other relevant information. The bodybuilders behind the counter are more than knowledgeable about all items on the menu and are happy to help you out in making your meal decisions. Each item is prepared to have the lowest fat percentage possible while still maintaining great taste, standard food presentation, and healthy-sized portions.

Some of the items on the menu seem a little awkward at first, but the taste will blow you away. It is not very often you will look at a menu and see a bison burger patty listed as an entrÉe. Boasting a simple one gram of “bad fat” (saturated fat) and only 500 calories for the entire dish, the Bison burger seems that it may come out bland, but in fact, is one of the tastiest items on the menu. Other entrees include sweet-and-sour chicken, chicken parmesan wraps, Caesar salads, as well as beef tips, turkey tips and other such items. Most entrees are high in protein and low in fat, true to the restaurant’s name. All entrees are priced between $5.00 and $8.00, and come with a side of either baked potato fries or steamed vegetables.

Outside of entrees, the restaurant even has a few dessert items on the menu. Low fat cookies and brownies are available for only $1.50 each, a bargain deal for those watching their weight. If you are interested in soft drinks, though, Lo Fat Know Fat is not the place. The only carbonated soft drinks in their refrigerator are Pepsi One, Diet Coke and Diet Mountain Dew. Instead, the fridge is filled to the brim with water, iced tea, and other healthier options.

Next door is a small health store for those who are looking for dietary supplements and vitamins to help them lose weight or bulk up. Lo Fat Know Fat strives for dietary excellence for its customers while they are dining there, or while they are dining elsewhere. The food is not the tastiest in Boston, but it is definitely delectable and a great value as well, not to mention being good for you. So next time you are looking for a healthy alternative, try it out; I am sure you will not be disappointed.