Southern Food to Soothe Your Soul and Fill Your Belly: Food 101

 The Ahi tuna tostadas.ย 

The Ahi tuna tostadas.ย 

Ahi tuna tostadas. Pimento cheese with bacon jam. Smoked pulled pork enchilada. After a long week, my recent dinner at Food 101 was just what my spirit and my stomach needed.

As Iโ€™ve mentioned before, my wellness plan is all about balance. And enjoying the foods I love (e.g., butter, carbs, chips and queso) in moderation is key to maintaining this balance. So, when I was invited to try the new menu at Food 101, I happily accepted the invitation. (Disclaimer, yโ€™all, the restaurant did host me for this meal.)

If youโ€™d prefer to stay on the healthy straight and narrow, this spot offers plenty of good choices for dinner including a local greens and citrus salad and grilled salmon. But, I wanted to try some of the more indulgent options.

First, I kicked things off with a Southern Mule cocktail (made with one of my faves โ€” American Spirit Whiskey). My starters included the grilled oysters with green garlic butter and those tostadas I mentioned. (Yum!) These delightful tastes were followed by the enchilada I also referred to, which is HUGE BTW, paired with a lovely glass of wine (they have a great by-the-glass selection). Oh, and Chef Ryan Smith also served up the skirt steak with smashed potatoes and mushrooms for me to try. They didnโ€™t have to twist my arm too hard to accept.

Last but not least, in addition to the delicious food, the service was spot on. I left this โ€œfitโ€ with a full belly and a smile on my face.

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