• Hawaiian Grill: Turkey or veggie burger (either no bun or ask for it open-face because buns are generous in size); sautéed mixed vegetables which includes cabbage, "healthy" salad (their terminology) with or without chicken.
• Sakkio Japan: Steamed rice; mixed vegetable stir-fry; small order soba noodles or rice with vegetables.
• China Wok: Side-portion mixed vegetables with vegetable lo mein.
• Subway: Roast turkey, roast chicken, lean ham, roast beef, tuna salad and veggie patty on 9-grain honey oat or 9-grain wheat. Load with fresh sandwich trimmings and light dressing; baked and light chips; 1 percent milk. Their sandwich fillings can be made into a salad.
• Steak Escape: Vegetarian, baked turkey, chicken or lean ham 4-inch junior sub sandwiches on wheat sub buns with lettuce, tomato, onion, mushrooms and peppers, if desired. Clerk assured me they do have wheat as well as white buns, but it isn't noted on the menu. The wraps are not wheat or multigrain. The "killer salad" can be assembled from good ingredients at your direction so that it isn't as lethal as it sounds.
• I've saved the best for last: The Best of Crete, which the menu items certainly are. The Birurakis family has been a mainstay at the mall since the opening in 1983 with their healthful Mediterranean cuisine.
You won't go wrong with any of their savory sandwiches, salads, appetizers and Grecian fare when remembering portions.
Check their menu board for the changing-daily specials.
The only dietary caution I could find might be to hold back on any extra cheeses, dressings or bread.
Let your conscience be your guide as you glide past their tempting pastries. Opa!
Reach Judy Grigoraci at ...@suddenlink.net