Eating to Live on the Outside: Marie's Scrambler

Buckle up kids. We’ve got a tough sell on our hands this week. Marie’s Scrambler is a bonafide standard American restaurant, with all the trimmings; gallons of ooey-gooey cheese, piles of greasy bacon, and plenty of refined-grains to go around. Yeah, it’s pretty bad.

Try this one on for size, the Meat Market Scramble Wrap; loaded with bacon, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Clearly, finding a Fuhrman-friendly option on this menu is going to be difficult.

And here’s my problem. I don’t eat meat or dairy. Right away this eliminates most of the menu. So, what’s left? Well, the Oatmeal and the Hot Granola look okay, but, they’re both made with milk. A major no-no for me, although, before I kick them to the curb, I’d ask the wait staff if either one could be prepared with hot water instead of milk. If so, I’d order either one, especially since they both include blueberries—one of Dr. Fuhrman’s super foods. Oh, the oatmeal and granola also come with brown sugar, I’m ditching that—brown sugar is no health food.

As far as breakfast goes, maybe the best option is the Fruit Bowl. What’s in it? I can’t say for sure, all the menu says is, “A heaping bowl of the season’s best fresh fruit.” A little ambiguous, but how bad could it be—its fruit! Other than the fruit, the only other things I’d consider ordering would be one their muffins or maybe some toast. I know, I know—not exactly wholesome natural food! Agreed, it’s a lousy option and a huge concession, but in my mind refined grains are a few clicks above cheese and meat, so if push comes to shove, it’s a concession I’m willing to make. Although, the guilt would eat me alive—no pun intended—I’d be hitting the gym extra hard that week.

Alright, aside from the Fruit Bowl, breakfast is hopeless, onto lunch. No surprises here, the only dishes to catch my eye are salads. For example, take the Spinach Salad; prepared with spinach leaves, bacon, tomatoes, red onion, hard boiled eggs, croutons, and hot bacon dressing—talk about ruining a good thing. Okay, the bacon is out, so are the eggs, the croutons too, and the bacon dressing should be launched into space. Minus all that junk you’re left with a pretty basic salad, if I could get a little vinegar to top it off with, I’d be in business and concession free—not bad, right?

Same goes with the Polynesian Salad and the House Salad. Between them they include lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, Monterey Jack, mushrooms, carrots, grilled chicken, pineapple, diced ham, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Now, you know what I’m going to say next. All the cheese has got to go, same with the bacon, chicken and ham, and again, I’d keep the salad dressing as basic as possible. If I do this, I’d feel pretty good about myself. Walking away concession-free at this place is a badge of courage. Dare I say worthy of the Purple Heart?

Now, there are other things on the menu you might want to try experimenting with, like the Garlic Portabella ciabatta sandwich. If you get past the bread, this might make a so-so option. It includes a portabella mushroom cap, garlic, herbs, bell peppers, celery, mushrooms, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, and a combination of melted cheeses. If you eighty-six the cheese, compromise on the bread, and order a side of fresh fruit its not so bad. Heck, the ciabatta might not be my first choice, but I wouldn’t rule it out, after all, that's a lot of veggies—i.e. phytonutrients.

Yeah, that was rough. I can’t imagine Eat to Livers lining are up to grab a table at Marie’s Scrambler. There’s got to be better alternatives out there, oh wait, there are; Arnold's Way, Sacred Chow, Veganopolis, and Pure Food and Wine to name a few. But let me know what you think. Check out Marie’s Scrambler’s menu and let us know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email to
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