The Cheat Sheet: Lacroix

The chef at this Rittenhouse restaurant impressed our dietician with his nutrition know-how.

Photograph courtesy of Cashman PR

I’ll be honest, when a reader asked me to do a Cheat Sheet on Lacroix, I was a bit skeptical. I figured that even if a menu item looked healthy at first glance there had to be hidden butter, cream and calories, right? Well, to my delight, I was so wrong, and Lacroix’s nutrition-savvy chef Jonathan Cichon was a delight as we talked about antioxidants and complete proteins. Who would have thought?

So, here are my picks for Lacroix—and FYI, expect the spring menu to boast even lighter options. Cichon also said that with enough notice, his kitchen can pretty much accommodate any requests including raw and vegan meals.

Starters (yep, I am skipping the salads)
Mushroom soup (just added to the menu last week!) >> Savory and creamy without a dash of cream; this satisfying soup is finished with coconut milk instead.
Hamachi >> Light and refreshing, the fish is paired with beets and quinoa (a complete protein).
Oysters on the half shell >> A simple but perfect starter to any meal. Skip the bacon dressing and ask for a simple mignonette.

Main Courses
Black cod with bok choy, baby artichokes and wheat berries >> With healthy sides fill to you up, this main dish is perfect for a healthy night out.
Golden tilefish with kohlrabi, pineapple and hearts of palm >> A meatier white fish paired with tropical flavors and a favorite vegetable of mine, kohlrabi.


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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.