As the owner of One2One Restaurant and Bar, I often get to try delicious food and wine. I’m not bragging because owning a restaurant is hard work and requires a lot of long hours, missed family time and patience. So the perk of getting to taste amazing food and great wine is a needed relief! We’ve gone through three executive chefs since we opened and several menu changes. Our current Executive Chef, Juan Garcia, is by far the best chef we’ve ever had, his food is delicious, he’s consistently creating new menu items, and unlike some other chefs he’s relaxed in the kitchen which means people enjoy watching him cook in our open kitchen.
If you live in or around the area, come see us!
So since I’m often at the restaurant and get to enjoy the food, I have to be careful not to overindulge. There are many items on our menu that are healthy choices or can be modified to be healthy delicious options, here are my favorites….
This Fried Shrimp appeitzer is very popular, but it is obviously not healthy. So I order it blackened instead of fried and it’s so delicious
Soybeans are very healthy, this is a salty and simple low carb low calorie appetizer
This is two dips served together with flat bread and wood fired crackers. If you want to cut the calories, order double hummus and a side of fresh veggies, skip the flat bread and crackers
Salads and Soups
My favorite salad is the Caprese with a Twist
This is not your usual Caprese Salad. It is a Roasted Red Pepper stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella, served with Balsamic, Basil, Chive Oil and Tomatillos. I love the flavor and unqiue twist. It is also a healthy, low carb recipe.
Our House Salad is a simple mix of field green lettuce, tomatoes, and hearts of palm, it’s quite large and if you add chicken or salmon it is a complete meal.
During the summer months we have a Watermelon Salad that is very popular. It is a light, fresh, healthy and flavorful summer salad.
Boston Lettuce, Arugula, Mint, Kalamata Olives, Feta, Pistachios, Serrano Lime Vinaigrette
We have two other salads that are very popular with our guests:
The Warm Spinach Salad
Bacon, Red Onion, Pears, Goat Cheese, Warm Balsamic Dressing
I order this salad without the bacon or pear and add blackened chicken, hearts of palm, tomatoes and and avocado for a healthy low carb and very filling lunch option
Organic Arugula Spring Mix, Carrots, Apples, Pecans, Fresh and Dried Figs, with Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing.
Substitute the Creamy Dressing with a Simple Balsamic or Oil and Vinegar to make it a little more healthy, or splurg and little and order the dressing on the side.
Spicy Tomato and Basil Pasta
Angel Hair Pasta, Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil, Thai Chili Peppers. Served with Chicken or Shrimp
We offer this dish with the option to substitute Whole Wheat Noodles or as a Low Carb Dish.
I order it Low Carb one of two ways. The low carb menu option is to have Julienned Zucchini, Carrots, and Yellow Squash in place of the noodles. Or sometimes I order it with Spaghetti Squash and ask for the chicken blackened, extra spicy. It is so good either way!
Blackened Salmon, Pico De Mango, Side House Salad, Corn Tortillas
This is healthy the way it comes, but I often order it without the Tortillas and add extra salad. It is so great both ways!
Pan Seared Salmon
Israeli Couscous, Micro Veggies, Asparagus, Mustard Vinaigrette
This is my favorite dish and our top selling menu item. Salmon is very healthy, the couscous is not, which is unfortunate because it is so creamy and flavorful. So I order the Salmon with my favorite side item, Brussel Sprouts. Chef Juan prepares our brussel sprouts differently then most places, he removes the outer leaves, and sautes them with vinegar, olive oil and bacon. They are sooooo good. I order them with out bacon, because well, obviously that’s not healthy….plus I don’t like it.
8 oz filet with Roasted Squash, Sauteed Haricot Vert and Port Demi Glace
Steak is not the most healthy meat, but filet is less fatty than most cuts and we serve ours with Roasted Squash instead of a starchy potatoe dish, and Sauteed Haricot Vert (fancy for thin green beans)
We also have several other side items that are healthy and if you add a side of chicken, shrimp or salmon you have a healthy meal.
I love the Spaghetti Squash, Broccolini, or Just Sauteed Veggies.
We have several other menu items, including Wood Fired Pizzas, Burgers, Kobe Meatloaf, Whole Fish Tempura, Duck Enchiladas, Chicken and Dumplings, and the list goes on. Some are healthier than others, but it’s okay to indulge and splurge every once in awhile!
Eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to ruin your diet, most places let you modify their menu items to your taste! I eat out at One2One almost daily and with healthy choices or modifications I don’t have to feel guilty! When I go to other restaurants I sometimes indulge, but I often modify and never feel guilty asking the chef to make changes.
Come see us soon and let me know when you do, I’d love to meet you!