The Cheat Sheet: Distrito

Fill up on Mexican without busting your gut.

As a frequent diner of Mexican food establishments, I know all to well how easy it can be to fill up on the chips and guacamole—then overindulge in the food I ordered off the actual menu. The result is a major food coma and not-so-short couch break. This, my friends, does not have to be the case; Distrito, the hip University City eatery by Jose Garces offers many solutions.

Alright, let’s be honest. Do you really think you can skip the chips and guac?  If not, you have got to share or consider sitting at the bar, having a beer and calling that your meal.

If you have enough self control not to order another round of chips, this menu is packed with healthy options that are perfect for sharing. Here are my picks.

Ceviche >> A light, healthy, perfect way start to any meal. Stick with the Hiramasa (yellowtail) and Pulpo (octopus) offerings.

Ensaladas >> Share a salad as a starter or order as a second course to make a complete meal. I like the Granada salad with pomegranate, honeydew, jimaca, orange and pepitas with a lemon vinaigrette.

Sopas >> Pair the Tortilla Tomato soup (chicken, pasilla chile broth, queso fresco, avocado) with a salad for a full meal, or eat it on its own as a starter.

Tacos >>  The nice thing about tacos is that they’re great for sharing. If you’re with a group, you can order a few types, cut each in half and have a taste. Keep it light by opting for the fish or pollo, or throw in a meat option for some indulgent moderation.

• Traditionales >> These small plates are great to share. With flavorful vegetarian options, they’re wonderful accompaniments to the tacos. I like the Enchilada de Verudas, with spinach, smoked tomato and salsa ranchera, and the black-beans-and-avocado-topped Tostada.

PS: Yes, I skipped the nachos on purpose!


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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.