The Cheat Sheet: Continental Midtown

Our dietician found plenty to nosh at this Stephen Starr eatery.

Photo courtesy Starr Restaurants

A popular lunch spot for shoppers, business people and locals, the menu at Continental Midtown promises quick, tasty and—yes—healthy options for diners. At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Opt for sharing. Choose an appetizer or soup, then share a salad. Or skip the starter altogether and sink your teeth into a sandwich. Hold the fries, of course.

Here are my picks for Continental Midtown.

Choose one of the below as a great starter and finish your meal with a shared Asian chicken salad for the table:
>> Thai chicken skewers with rice and peanut sauce
>> Udon noodle soup (chicken dumplings, dashi—a Japanese soup stock—and scallions)
>> Miso soup (tofu, soba, nori)

Here’s another meal choice: Add chicken to the Continental Salad—it’s already loaded with greens, cucumber, tomato, feta and red onion—and this dish (even shared) can be a meal in itself. Still hungry? Start with the hummus and pita for a Mediterranean-themed, family-style meal.

Okay, okay, if you’re not up for sharing, order a sandwich (sauce on the side!) and enjoy a flavorful lunch all to yourself. And remember: salad—not fries—equals small thighs.

>> Turkey burger (aioli on side): mushrooms, onions, cheese and red pepper aioli
>> Big Daddy Mack (special sauce on side): veggie patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheddar cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun
>> Green Submarine: avocado, lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber and Boursin on a toasted roll


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Restaurant menus are reviewed by Phillies dietitian and owner of Healthy Bites Katie Cavuto Boyle. In most cases, the individual restaurants were contacted for specific ingredient and recipe information. Note: Many restaurants have seasonal menus and some items may not be available.

>> See Cheat Sheets for other Philly restaurants here. And for Katie’s healthy dining-out tips, go here.