Glenview House: a long-time favorite offers a low-salt treat

Glenview House is a long-time fixture on the dining scene for Chicago’s North Shore suburbs. It’s been in the same building for generations and used to be one of many tavern/hamburger joints that dotted the North Shore. In recent years, it’s been redone as a full-service restaurant, complete with video screens in almost every booth now.

The transformation from the old bar to the new restaurant really is amazing. So when we were in Glenview for a play recently with my in-laws, we picked the Glenview House for dinner with them. I can no longer eat the burgers I once loved there, so looked over the menu for a fish choice, the path I find myself following at most restaurants these days – i.e. order fish with as little on it as possible.

But rather than the usual tuna or salmon, Glenview House presented me with a fun third option, scallops on a bed of beet orgasmic rice risotto. This was a bit of a splurge for me since I’m not supposed to eat white rice, only brown. I also was a bit worried about salt in the risotto, so asked the waiter that it be cooked without any added salt, which he gladly said was possible. I was also worried about how much fat might be in a risotto, but found it wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated, at least according to

My Glenview House beet risotto and scallops.
My Glenview House beet risotto and scallops.

The dish was delicious and a nice change from my usual plain fish when dining out. I enjoyed it so much, I e-mailed the restaurant to ask about salt in the preparation. I hoped to get more nutrition content info for this post, but alas the place didn’t answer me. Minus points for not answering Glenview House management!

Other than that, though, I enjoyed my meal there.

A footnote, the people I ate with ordered the biggest, saltiest giant pretzel I’d ever seen for an appetizer and it came with cheese sauce to dip it in.

Eating either of those is impossible for me, a reminder that when you eat out with friends and family they really don’t care what restrictions you have to abide by or how much it hurts you to see others eating things you once loved which you can no longer eat.

You’re on your own, I’m afraid. That’s why this blog is here to help.

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