10 Healthy(ish) Dishes to Order Out
Eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating in. Try these not-so-guilty pleasures at area restaurants.
Whole Roasted Branzino
Vim & Victor (inside The St. James) | 6805 Industrial Road,Springfield, vimandvictor.com
Truth be told, you stand a much better chance of luring me to a gym if it includes a spa and a restaurant helmed by celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn. That’s how I ended up at The St. James, a massive (450,000 square feet) sports, entertainment and wellness complex that opened in September in Springfield. What exactly led Mendelsohn to this shiny new destination in an otherwise bleak industrial park? He liked the idea of blending his public policy advocacy—on issues such as making school lunches more healthful—with his restaurant entrepreneurship.
The menu at Vim & Victor, his 140-seat restaurant just inside the front entrance to The St. James, features what the chef calls “healthy-ish” cooking. Translation: You can still get a sloppy cheeseburger if you want one, but the nachos come loaded with cauliflower.
The dish that truly wowed me is a whole boneless, butterflied branzino (head removed) marinated in ginger, lemongrass, turmeric and lime leaf, then pan-seared, roasted and served crispy-skin-side-up with heaps of scallions and fresh dill. A side of nuoc mam, a Vietnamese dipping sauce made with fish sauce, lime juice and sugar, complements the branzino with a touch of tang, funk and sweetness.