I was recently at a popular small chain in Albuquerque, The Range, for a business networking meeting. I have tons of these meal meetings so eating tends to be more damage control than gastronomic experience. Salad is often my choice. Rarely is it satisfying. Wife and I make salad a lot and we have a fine appreciation for the vast variety of vegetables that can be used to make a truly satisfying meal with little protein. When you eat out your rarely get more than lettuce or spring mix with a few cursory other veggies thrown in. A lot of time they load up on the proteins which is good unless you're watching the calories. This time they had an interesting looking special on the menu - a roasted vegetable salad with roasted beets and feta cheese. I wasn't quite sure why they had highlight the roasted beets separately since they are certainly a 'roasted vegetable'.
As you know from your past calorie counting entries, I measure and weigh our food regularly so I've got a good eye for quantities. I also do our shopping and have a firm knowledge of prices. This salad consisted of:
- Approximately two leaves of romaine lettuce
- 4 rounds of roasted summer squash
- 4 rounds of roasted beet
- About 1/2 a small roasted onion
- Maybe an ounce of feta cheese.
In the future Range, why don't you just have your servers pistol whip me, take however much they want out of my wallet, and stop with the subterfuge that you're providing value.