I watch them make the pizza and do my own estimate. I use Weight Watchers to track my food so I'm not looking a calories count. I choose veggies, not meat for toppings. They have a garlic puree instead of tomato sauce that is delicious. Probably not my healthiest meal of the week but I also like to split it with a friend so I am not tempted to eat the whole thing!
I've heard great things about &Pizza but their website says nothing about calories or nutrition info. Where are you getting that info from?
There was an interesting article in the Washington Post discussing whether &Pizza was a fad or would stay around. They said it's based on the Chipotle model - but that made me skeptical since Chipotle staff are cavalier with the amounts they put in their burritos. If that's the way the pizzas at &Pizza are made, tracking calories there will be impossible.
I've been to Seasons 52 but it's been a long time. I should go back there. I'm a huge fan of SweetGreen but I agree about the dressing and such.
I like The Perfect Pita in Bethesda as well and &Pizza, also Bethesda. Subway is always good. Panera has new broth bowls that aren't too bad for calories and the one I tried was delicious (soba noodle with chicken). That was 390 calories and I really could have stopped after eating half and taken the rest home for later but I didn't. Lots of sodium I'm sure but I don't worry too much about that.
Seasons 52, Rockville (I haven't been there yet, has anyone?) Elevation Burger, Potomac (veggie burger #1 was really good but high in sodium) Red Robin, Gaithersburg Ruby Tuesday, Rockville Subway, everywhere Applebee's, Germantown Taco Bell, Rockville Cheesecake Factory, Bethesda
A shout-out to Wegman's in Germantown because they have calorie info on most of their prepared foods including sushi, sandwiches, and every item on their hot/cold bar. Never seen that before.
Lastly, a shout-down to Sweetgreen, Bethesda. Yes, the food is fresh and tasty. And Sweetgreen shows calories; however, I don't believe their posted calories are close to reality. Since they prepare dishes right in front of you, it's easy to see they're putting in huge amounts of salad and dressing and with no consistent measurement.
Since I mentioned zpizza earlier, I can now report that I've been there. Yes, it has calorie info but ...
I asked the guy at the register how the WW crust was and he said "Very good - and you probably won't be able to taste the difference." Huh? I'm sure it's nutritious but it didn't taste anything like a traditional pizza crust. That said, the pizza (traditional ham and pineapple) was very good; just not what I expected as far as the crust goes - it had no fight in it. The toppings were plenty and well-prepared. Plenty of pineapple and delicate ham.
We also ordered an arugula and greek salad. Both looked top-notch - plenty of walnuts on mine, feta and olives on hers - except they forgot the dressing on both. I go up to the drink/untensil area and look for dressing. None there. I look over at the manager, seated in the dining area chatting, and he promptly gets up and comes over to find out what I need. I explain and he said "No problem, I'll get that for you." A minute later, I went back to get some knives and forks and stood there trying to figure out if I was missing something. The manager came up to me and asked if he could help so I said "the utensil dispenser has only one fork and one knife." He replied "How many do you need?" Good grief. Can this guy not figure things out? He already knew we were a party of two and one knife/fork isn't enough. Next, got up to find some sweetener for the ice tea. Nope, none there. What the heck is wrong with this place?
zpizza in Rockville has calorie and other nutrition facts per slice for all their pizzas. Haven't been there yet but the website lays out a story that makes it sound like this is not your typical cheap pizza chain.
I'm always interested in local restaurants that 1) are good and 2) publish calorie info. Any recommendations?
I'll start with two.
Panera - they recently added calorie info to their menus. They food is great so the combination is hard to beat.
Zoe's - A chain new to Montgomery County, I started visiting the one by Harris-Teeter off Montrose Rd by 270. Some of the dishes are a little odd but overall, I like it. Unfortunately, calorie info isn't available on the premises; you have to get it from their website. That should change soon since they either are or soon will be in violation of the MC law regarding posting of nutrition info.
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