Sometimes, I Order a Salad.

Wednesday March 16, 2016
By JC Chi

Not too long ago, men’s fashion, compared with women’s, wasn’t very complex, let alone cool. As a guy who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, all we needed were clothes that were sized properly and that fit the given environment. Sure, there were narrow offerings for individual expression, but for the most part, a man was either a solid, stripe, plaid or paisley kind of guy, and retailers catered to that simple equation. Now, men have almost as many stylings, fits, off-sizes, fabric options, colors, accessories, etc., as women, and fashion for men is now cool. 

Over the past few decades, food and the male demographic have experienced a similar evolution. It used to be that when dining out, men ordered beef/pork/chicken, a starch (or two) and maybe a vegetable if the complimentary buns or tortilla chips didn’t fill the gaps in appetite. Today? With advancements in nutritional science, a focus to maximize one’s life expectancy, and the continuing blurred line between gender specific preferences, men are now ordering salads as entrées, fish and veggie plates.

The following are menu items from The Avenue restaurants that I feel, as a guy, are not only socially acceptable, but more importantly, delicious and nutritionally wise.


Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza

Spicy Shrimp

Pomodoro Pasta with Roasted Chicken



Chicken Fajitas

Tipico Salad


Panera Bread

Steak & Arugula Sandwich

Roast Turkey & Caramelized Kale Panini


Ted’s Montana Grill

Salt-and-Pepper Trout

Roasted Chicken


Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Pollo Caprese

Grilled Lamb Chops


If you try one of these salads, post on The Avenue’s Facebook page and let us know what you think!