Eating to Live on the Outside: Bennigan's

This week Eating to Live on the Outside gets it’s Irish on at Bennigan’s Grill and Tavern. After weeks of doing these mini-investigations I’ve found some restaurants are easier than others. P.F. Chang’s and Chipotle are loaded with Eat to Live options, restaurants like IHOP and Friendly’s not so much. Now, must be the luck of the Irish, but surprisingly Bennigan’s has some real potential. Sure, we’ve got work to do, the menu isn’t perfect, but it’s already leaning in the right direction.

If you’ve been reading previous installments you know I tend to order chicken or fish dishes, after all I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian. On the average I only eat animal products once a week and it’s either chicken, turkey, or low contamination fish. I’m sure every Eat to Liver approaches this issue differently.

Okay, the first menu item to peak my interest is the Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich. Why? For two reasons, first it comes with guacamole (as I’ve mentioned in the past I have an avocado fetish) and second you can order it on a wheat bun (certainly better than a refined white bun). Unfortunately the sandwich isn’t all smiles. I’m ditching the mayonnaise, bacon, and Swiss cheese. Much better!

If you are in the mood for chicken, the Rosemary Grilled Chicken and the Chicken Stir Fry are other intriguing options. Both dishes boast a nice amount of veggies, but I’m a little leery about the rosemary demi sauce and Tangy Asian sauce. I wonder if they are oil or cream based.

I also like the Grilled Salmon and Flaherty’s Fish. Both salmon and tilapia are on Dr. Fuhrman’s list of lowest mercury levels. So I’m not too worried about the contamination risk. Both dishes come with some great veggies like green beans and broccoli. Fantastic because when I hear the word green I know that means high nutrient content. Oh, and I would definitely hold off the on the lemon butter sauce for Flaherty’s Fish. The dairy would ravage my system for sure.

Now, if chicken and fish don’t suit your fancy, Bennigan’s does have some nice vegetable-only selections. Of course you’ve got the Bennigan’s Garden Salad with an impressive bounty of vegetation: mixed salad greens, cucumber, tomato, and red onion. Although the croutons have got to go and I’d limit the oily dressing; maybe ask the wait staff for just vinegar instead. The Roasted Vegetable Primavera also looks good, but again I’d avoid that pesky lemon butter sauce.

If none of these dishes turn you on, try this. Over the weeks I’ve found myself compelled to compile various vegetable-based sides into a main dish. This certainly works for Bennigan’s too, they’ve got a bunch of interesting choices: black beans, steamed broccoli, fresh green beans, and roasted vegetables. I don’t know about you, but black beans with roasted vegetables sounds pretty tasty to me.

So that does it for our Irish adventure. And we didn’t even need a four leaf clover! Remember we want your feedback! Tell us what you might have done differently or what you agree with. Check out Bennigan’s menu and let us know how you Eat to Live on the Outside? Leave a comment or email us at
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Jo - July 15, 2006 3:51 PM

The menu item did not "peak an interest."
What it did was "pique an interest." Nothing to do with nutrition, but just thought I would mention it.

Yve - July 15, 2006 8:03 PM

Who is the person investigating eating on the outside.

Vivian - August 10, 2013 5:34 PM

I started the nutritarian diet this past week. So far I feel great. However today my husband wants to go out to dinner and I have been looking for restaurants I can eat as healthy as possible. I found that at The Crave (it's a chain so you might be able to find one near you)they have a Black Bean soup, which I'll try, and a Veggie Sushi platter that I will definitely try. I'll keep you posted on the results. These Eat to Live on the Outside articles are very helpful!!

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