If you’ve chosen the always most popular New Year’s resolution — losing some pounds — you might want to check out Spotter’s.
Specializing in “fast, fit food,” we visited the Denham Springs location for dinner and breakfast. There are also locations in downtown Baton Rouge, and in Addis and Hammond.
The small eatery features eye-popping walls painted bright green, orange and purple, with three sets of wooden benches and tables.
Coming in at under 600 calories, we enjoyed the chicken cheat sandwich ($6). A generous amount of grilled and chopped chicken is topped with spinach leaves and a thin slice of pepper Jack cheese and sits between two slices of whole-wheat sourdough bread. The bread was thrown on the grill just long enough to warm it and make grill marks without compromising the soft texture of the sourdough. If the sandwich sounds rather plain, Spotter’s sauces take care of that. The buffalo sauce drizzled over the chicken offered some flavorful fire to the filling sandwich.
For dinner, we also tried the steak meal ($11). At under 500 calories, the plate offered a generous amount of tender, thinly-chopped steak, fluffy brown rice and steamed broccoli. Again, the sauce, this time Spotter’s savory sauce, brought the meal to life. The steak being chopped made for easy tossing with the rice, broccoli and sauce (described by a guest as tasting like a combination of Heinz 57 and A1).
Returning for breakfast, the sweet potato pancakes ($2.50) sounded worth a try. Made from a whole-wheat and sweet potato mixture and finished off with sugar-free syrup, the three medium-sized pancakes come in at just under 250 calories. Thin and not as fluffy as traditional pancakes, these were satisfying nonetheless.
I took a small lean strawberry-banana smoothie ($5.50) for the road and found it quite creamy, refreshing and full of fruit.
Spotter’s also has a breakfast sandwich and wrap, both using egg whites, and fruit and oatmeal choices. Lunch and dinner options also include a slim salad, wraps, and flatbread quesadillas, although they were out of flatbread on our dinner visit. Maybe next time.