Tony Roma’s has been a favorite of Floridians since the 1970’s, with many locals traveling miles to enjoy their famous ribs. The restaurant group is in the midst of a reinvention with a new focus on locally-sourced foods and new twists on old favorites. Great news for healthy diners because it means dishes are fresh and non-processed.
Executive Chef Bob Gallagher has created an entirely new menu, soon to be introduced to Tony Roma’s over 150 locations worldwide. Following the path of national food trends, hearts of palm and apple coleslaw combine with a sriracha flavored BBQ sauce for an unusual, spicy explosion of flavors.New side dishes include a seasonal rice pilaf with plump golden raisins, and chipotle spiced sweet potatoes for an exciting twist on the holiday favorite.
Tony Roma’s most popular entrée is the Filet Medallion Trio. It’s served with three different sauces, but at over 47 grams of fat it needs to be shared with 2 friends to ensure everyone can enjoy the variety of flavors without busting their zippers.
HEALTHY DINER NOTES:
Tony Roma’s does not have a specific low calorie menu like those reviewed at Brio and Red Lobster, which means planning ahead is even more important to ensure your meal leaves you feeling satisfied and not weighed down. Luckily all calorie and allergen information can be found on their website.
Grilled Chicken and Fire Roasted Vegetable salad is a fantastic mix of grilled chicken, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, red peppers and chives blended with chopped greens for just 400 calories. Skip the cheddar flatbread to keep the calories on track.
Chicken Tortilla Bowl is a great soup to warm you up this fall for only 310 calories and 20 grams of protein.
Flat Iron 8oz steak sans sauce is the best option for those craving a great steak, without the overload of saturated fat. Consider eating 4 oz and the Roma’s side salad for a meal that will contain both protein and fiber to keep you full for under 500 calories.
RAISING THE STEAKS DONATIONS
This season’s special is the Samuel Adams Mushroom Sauce, a rich reduction of Sam Adams and wine. $1 from each purchase of this item between October 14th and December 31st 2013 benefits Tony Roma’s Raising the Steaks. This program benefits Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization in advancing the arts and arts education across the country. Each Tony Roma’s will choose a local school in their community and designate the funds raised to the school’s arts and music program through grants provided by Americans for the Arts Funds.
Tony Roma’s offers a relaxed yet upscale dining experience and with their new fall menu, is the perfect place to kick off your autumn season in style!