Eating to Live on the Outside: Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill kind of sounds like the name of a salty fisherman you might meet down in the Florida Keys, but for today, the Bonefish Grill is the final destination of the S.S. Eating to Live on the Outside. So pull up the anchor, screw on your peg leg, and let’s shove off!

Okay, if the name didn’t give it away, the main staple of the Bonefish Grill is, well—fish! Now if you read DiseaseProof you’ll know Dr. Fuhrman has a love-hate relationship with fish. It’s healthier than other animal foods and contains healthy omega fats, but unfortunately a lot of fish is contaminated with things like mercury and PCBs. So, like a blind man walking through a minefield, today, I’ve got to be extra careful about what I select. But I’m up for the challenge!

Let’s start off easy. I wonder what lurks under Soups and Salads—cool, check out the Bonefish House salad! It’s prepared with chopped greens, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, hearts of palm, pine nuts, and citrus herb vinaigrette—sounds pretty tasty to me. And since there’s no fish, you don’t have to worry about chemical contamination. Olives are oily and salty, but all in all, not bad. The Florida Cobb Salad is looking good too, but I’d probably make a couple alterations. For starters, the blue cheese is out—no dairy for me! And second, while I don’t mind occasionally eating chicken, spicy anything is a problem for me, so adios jerk chicken! The great thing about this salad is it comes with avocado, and as many of you know, I’m a total avocado mark!

That was easy, now the waters are starting to get choppier. The Grilled Fish section of the menu has a lot to offer, but again, I’ve got to be mindful of contamination. Here are the types of fish you can choose from: Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Snapper, Gulf Grouper, Ahi Tuna, Jumbo Sea Scallops, Atlantic Swordfish, Chilean Sea Bass, and Lobster Tails—time to confer with our old friend Okay, we’ve got some serious problems here. The Atlantic Salmon, Snapper, Gulf Grouper, Ahi Tuna, Atlantic Swordfish, and Chilean Sea Bass all rank as an Eco Worst—so they’re all out. The Jumbo Sea Scallops are a little concerning too, looks like the safest bet is either the Lobster Tails or the Rainbow Trout. I’m not big on lobster, so I’ll stick with the trout. Who else finds this level of contamination very unsettling?

I’d top my grilled Rainbow Trout off with either the Warm Mango Salsa or the Pan Asian. The mango salsa is all good, but I’d skip the drizzle of wasabi cream that accompanies the Pan Asian—spicy and dairy? No way!

Now, if all this talk about contamination scared you, and you’re not really digging any of the salads, here’s another option. The Bone Fish Grill, like other restaurants I’ve examined, allows you to pick your side dishes. So, what does that mean? Go ahead and make your own entrée! For example, check out the Island Rice and the Steamed Vegetable Medley. The vegetable medley is exceptional—fresh broccoli, peppers, yellow squash, carrots, and asparagus—can you say phytonutrients! The Island Rice isn’t bad either. It’s made with wild rice, almonds, raisins, and red peppers. I don’t know about you, but I’m okay with my concession being the rice, especially if I pair it up with the steamed veggies.

You see, that wasn’t so bad. Sure, the going got rough when we encountered all the fish problems, but with a little research we found the buried treasure. And actually there’s a Bonefish Grill not to far from my house, so next time I’m in the mood for seafood—which won’t be for a while if you remember my sushi debacle from yesterday—I’ll stop in and report back to you!

Oh, and before you set sail back to your home port, remember, we want your feedback! Tell us what you might have done differently or what you agree with. Check out the Bonefish Grill’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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gene - June 1, 2007 4:37 PM

I had gone there and ordered the house salad*2(too much oil on that one) and the seared tuna appetizer. I wasn't that impressed with it. Maybe next time I will try the side dishes.

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