“New Year, Same Me” more your speed? Well, we’re right there with you. Celebrate one of our favorite joys in life: eating and drinking – you only live once, ya know!
Lettuce Entertain You’s Photographer, Instagram wonder and overall lover of life, Christina Slaton (@christinaslaton) AKA #CarbieBarbie, shares some of her most crave-worthy dishes at our restaurants that have earned her stamp of approval and her advice on why it’s OK to indulge every once in a while!
Reason #1: Life is about balance.
“Fad diets should be a thing of the past because let’s face it, once that diet is completed, you likely see your results go out the window pretty quickly. Don’t torture yourself, just make better and more balanced choices!”
Reason #2: Embrace your body just the way it is.
“Celebrate yourself! Everyone is uniquely beautiful so embrace and love every bit of yourself. It’s the only way to live.”
Reason #3: Natural and instantaneous mood enhancer.
“There’s a reason why you reach for cookies, pizza and ice cream when you’re feeling down: it’s darn good and anything that you love will make you happy. The end.”
Reason #4: You don’t really need a reason.
“Planning to run a marathon or just dreaming of doing one? #CarbieBarbie is A-OK with you carbo-loading whenever, wherever, for whatever reason.”
Being #DTE (down to eat) means having the freedom to go out on the town with your friends, sans the guilt. Christina has rounded up her top Lettuce Entertain You bites to indulge in!
Old Fashioned Cheeseburger, Chicago Double, Hurt Burger, Hot & Spicy Chicken
Fried Pickles with ranch
Potstickers, available in All-Natural Chicken, Pork-and-Cabbage, Green Vegetable and Shrimp & Chicken
Summer House Santa Monica
Ice Cream Sandwiches with housemade cookies
Slow-Cooked Baby Back Ribs, Lobster Roll, Famous Fried Chicken, Boardwalk Fries, Better Than Grandma’s Mac & Cheese
Beef Lo-Mein with Chinese noodles, red peppers, snow peas, celery, bok choy and cabbage
Chicken Pot Pie with Miller’s Farm organic chicken, carrots, green peas and pastry crust
Pizzeria Via Stato
Margherita Pizza with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, hand-pulled mozzarella and basil
Tonkotsu Ramen with traditional double pork broth, chashu and a molten egg
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Now that you know where to indulge, take it a step further. Try pairing Champagne and Fried Chicken for the ultimate lowbrow-highbrow meal – take a look!
Still want to eat comfort food but ditch some of the guilt, check out our favorite vegetarian comfort food dishes.