Eating to Live on the Outside: Sizzler

It feels like we’ve literally spanned the globe for Eat to Live solutions at popular restaurants. It started with Fridays and then came the shootout at the Lonestar Steakhouse, oh, and who could forget our showdown with P.F. Chang’s. Yup, we’ve been on quite a journey—and it’s not over yet!

This week I’m strapping Sizzler into the Eating to Live on the Outside hot seat. And this place is a toughie, the menu is teeming with cow, but I think I can make it work. If not, as you’ll soon see, Sizzler offers a nice fallback plan for health conscious restaurateurs.

And remember this isn’t Dr. Fuhrman talking, nope just me, and as always I’m the right guinea pig for the job. Oink!

The first part of Sizzler’s menu is loaded with burgers and sandwiches, I almost skipped it (since I don’t eat red meat), but the Grilled Chicken Club caught my eye; although it isn’t without its flaws. Now your level of concessions may vary, but as for me, I’m ditching the bacon, Swiss cheese, and mayonnaise. I’d probably swap the mayo for mustard.

I also like the Grilled Salmon. As I’ve pointed out in previous installments I’m very vigilant about mercury contamination, but according to Dr. Fuhrman salmon checks out so I’m not too worried (but I’d still wait a week or two before I ate it again). What worries me is the crud they serve with it, tartar sauce, I’m tossing it!

Over the weeks of doing this series I’ve noticed salad has become the old standby—in case of emergency grab lettuce! Sizzler certainly gives you that option. In fact out of all the restaurants I’ve explored so far Sizzler, despite its steak heavy menu, gives you the impressive option of the “all-you-care-to-eat salad bar.” Not bad right? So if all else fails, grab a bowl and lay siege to the veggies.

Oh, and more thing, even though the menu isn’t clear, it looks like a lot of these dishes come with French fries or a baked potato. I’d pass on the fries, insist that the baked potato be plain with no sour cream, and it can’t hurt to ask if you can get steamed vegetables instead. What’s the worst that could happen? They throw you out? It might be for the better.

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vegheadjones - July 7, 2006 12:36 PM

What about the all you can eat salad bar? Is that not more E2L?

Linda - July 7, 2006 1:23 PM

I used to be a server at Sizzler. It was a while back, so not sure what the practices are today.
The cooks were conscientious, professional, and careful/clean, despite being exploited People, but that's another issue...

As far as the fries, it is possible they are fried separately from the shrimp, but I'd double check (ask a manager).

The salad bar food is by far, mostly canned foods dumped into bowls, surrounded by perfectly edible greens, placed there merely for "freshness" sake and decor. Lots of contamination on those bars...I wouldn't touch the Sizzler salad bar with a ten-foot pole, myself.

And, of course the dressings are also out of containers.

As far as the meats, Sizzler gets the cheapest cuts of all their meats; but, then again, if one is eating meat, what difference would that make anyway?

ohny - July 8, 2006 10:50 AM

as a live long meat eater, I can tell you the cheapness of the meat makes all the difference in the world. for that reason, you couldn't drag me into Sizzler with a team of wild horses. the food they serve aint suitable for my dog.

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