Eating to Live on the Outside: Sammy T's

Well, it’s Friday and—you better know what that means! Fire up your Fuhrman-friendly radar. It’s time to take our weekly look at the standard American restaurant landscape. So, where are we headed today? All aboard! The Eating to Live on the Outside train departs for Fredericksburg Virginia—now! Next stop Sammy T’s Light Food & Ale. Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get going.

Alright, what could an Eat to Liver eat at Sammy T’s? Let’s see. Here we go, check out these soups. Black Bean, made with pureed beans, onions, celery, tomatoes and spices. The Veg Chili, prepared with red kidney beans, bulgar wheat, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and spices. Vegetable Delight, made with more than eight different vegetables and topped with parmesan cheese—relax, I’d omit this. And lastly, the Gazpacho, it’s made with tomato soup, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, and sour cream or yogurt—again, I’m dropping the dairy. Now, provided these soups aren’t overly salty and loaded with oil, they’re pretty decent options.

Sammy T’s has got some cool salads too. Check out the Spinach Salad, it comes with spinach, mushrooms, tomato, crumbled bacon—BACON, HOW I LOATHE THEE—and an oil and vinegar dressing. Now, if my little outburst didn’t give it away, the bacon is gone. Other than that, I’m digging this salad. Of course I’ll go easy on the dressing, but truth-be-told I seldom use both oil and vinegar. Most times I just splash on some vinegar. The Greek Salad and the House Simpleton also look mighty tasty. The Greek Salad is made with mixed greens, mushrooms, tomato, green pepper, black olives, feta cheese, red onion, and pepperoncini. Clearly I’m throwing the feta cheese out the window, probably the olives too, salty. The House Simpleton includes mixed greens, chopped carrots, celery, red cabbage, tomato, and cucumber. No complaints here—say hello phytonutrients!

Okay, as far as the entrees go. The only one to wet my taste buds is the Spinach Foldover. I eat a lot of spinach—I’m kind of a hound dog for it. If something’s got spinach in it, I’ll probably eat it—with in reason of course! The Spinach Foldover is prepared with hummus, sautéed spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, flour tortilla, and it’s served with lemon tahini. Alright, clearly sautéed anything is a concession, the oil. The flour tortilla is also a concession, but, I can deal with it. Generally speaking, white flour and oil are concessions I’m more willing to make. You’ll never find me saying, “Oh, a little cheese and bacon. No big deal.” Yeah, when pigs fly!

Now, if you’re willing to a make a bread concession. Sammy T’s sandwiches are loaded with all sorts of veggie-goodness! I’ve got eight options that I think an Eat to Liver could get away with: Veggie Club, Black Bean Cake, Lentil Burger, Vegan Veg, Felafel, Avocado Melt, Bean & Grain Burger, and the Tempeh Burger. Some require more tweaking than others—mainly because of the cheese and some dreadful mayonnaise. Out of this list I really like the Vegan Veg and Veggie Club. The Vegan Veg is prepared with hummus, sautéed mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomato, walnuts, and garlic. All wrapped in a flour tortilla. Again, if you can get past the sautéed mushrooms, you’re in pretty good shape. Of course, maybe you can ask for your mushrooms to be sautéed in a little water. That’d spare you the oil. The Veggie Club comes with cucumber, red onion, mushrooms, lettuce, mayo, and mozzarella. All served on toast. Oh, oh! You can get avocado with that too. As I’ve said before, I’m avocado freak—SO BRING IT ON! Now as far as the cheese goes on this sandwich—bye, bye! No cheese for me. Same goes for the mayo—again, I find mayonnaise to be rancid. Now for the toast, for starters, I don’t want my bread toasted—no sense risking acrylamides. And I’d only order wheat bread—I know it’s not a slam dunk, but, it’s at least a teeny-tiny bit better than regular-old refined white flour junk-bread.

So, what do you think? Does Sammy T’s have potential? I think it does, but, let me know what you think. Check out the Sammy T’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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Mike - June 6, 2007 1:04 PM

Thanks for these reviews....I find them very interesting and informative.

I am going on vacation to Disney World this summer, and a huge challenge will be finding healthy food there. I have heard that all the restaraunts offer vegetarian offerings, so maybe that will help. Have you ever reviewed any of the Disney park restaraunts?

Anyway, thanks again for doing this blog.

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