A few notes before I dive in:
First things first: If you haven’t read my post with my tips about how to enjoy dining out without worrying about derailing your fat loss efforts, click here now and then read this post after!
Second: #DiningOutStrong is all about figuring out how to have an awesome meal at a restaurant without mucking up your food plan. If you know me, you know I love stinky cheese, pate, croissants and wine. And those nuggets of awesomeness have their times and places. But if fat loss is your ultimate goal, you will have to choose when to include foods like this — the rich, the saucy, the fried — into your life. I’ll leave it to you to decide when to treat yo self. I’ll leave it to me to give you all the other delicious options!
I chose Farmhouse Evanston as my first #DiningOutStrong destination and two friends were kind enough to join me. Farmhouse is located right downtown at Church St. and Orrington Ave. It was a big deal when it opened up because it was pretty much the first farm-to-table concept to come to town. Many of their ingredients are locally sourced and there’s even a garden on the roof (according to their Facebook page). Most of the interior is reclaimed which gives the dining rooms this cool rustic-chic feel. The night we went — a regular Wednesday night — was busy and bustling with people doing some post-work dining. The atmosphere was upbeat and vibrant which I LOVE (I’m not a fan of being one of the only diners in a restaurant).
Overall, Farmhouse offers a good amount of options for those who want to enjoy a night out. I will say that across the board, with the exception of our proteins, the food needed more seasoning. But if you’re looking for fresh food with loads of vegetable and protein options, a place with a great vibe that also has a huge outdoor seating area when the weather is nice, Farmhouse passes the IzzyFit #DiningOutStrong test.