Everyone loves the Black Duck. But admit it: With its wings, stuffed burgers, fried shrimp, po’ boys, onion rings and beers, it’s no one’s first choice when someone says, “Let’s eat healthy!”
Yet that doesn’t mean you can’t join the gang at the barge. Today, dietician Heather Bauer offers tips on the best, healthiest dishes to order at the Saugatuck landmark.
Small house salad (the best option for vegan/vegetarian); oil/vinegar dressing
The Duck’s raw bar (6 oysters or 6 littlenecks)
Lobster cocktail ($20, but delicious)
Steamers (skip the butter on the side)
Broiled salmon (ask for a veggie side, instead of rice or potatoes)
Large house salad with shrimp or salmon on top (the best dressing option is oil/vinegar)
Steamers (skip the butter on the side, or go light)
1 1/4-pound steamed lobster (skip the butter and potato if you can; depending on the market price, this may be a great deal — it comes with a house salad)
Large house salad with grilled chicken or flat iron steak (the best dressing option is oil/vinegar)
House hamburger (choose the English muffin, and make it “topless” — take the top off, and eat with a fork and knife; ask for extra lettuce and/or tomato, and a side of coleslaw instead of fries or tater tots)
Turkey burger (again, order it “topless”; eat with a fork and knife; ask for extra veggies)
Iceberg wedge (without the bacon and blue cheese; ask for oil/vinegar dressing instead)
Veggie Burger (order it “topless”; ask for extra veggies and avocado on the side)
Bonus dining tip from Heather
Snack or not before you go?
You might think that a snack before you go out is a good way to avoid overeating, but it’s not always true. Be honest with yourself. Think about the times you’ve done this. Did you actually eat less at the restaurant, or was your overall intake that much more? Sometimes your pre-meal snack can increase your appetite, and decrease your self-control.