Lighter foods and 'Skinny' drinks on the Off-Season Training Menu at Champps

Salsa Verde Chicken Taco
Salsa Verde Chicken Taco
Posted: June 20, 2013

Company description: "Off-Season Training Menu . . . featuring under-650-calorie selections and under-140-calorie cocktails and wine featuring Skinnygirl® Cocktails."

Chain: Champps Americana Restaurant.

Location: 2100 S. Columbus Blvd. Other locations in King of Prussia, Collegeville and Marlton.

Nutrition: Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos: 643 calories, 29 grams fat, 11 grams saturated fat, 1530 mg sodium, 57 grams protein. Mahi Mahi with Penne Pasta Spinach Salad: 505 calories, 23 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 2895 mg sodium, 46 grams protein. Bethenny Breeze: 109 calories; Salty Hound, 106.5 calories*.

Order time: 15 minutes.

Price: Tacos, $9.99. Mahi, $14.99. Drinks, $6.99 apiece.

Review: Low cal's a language most sports bars don't speak. But for a limited time, Champps, known for burgers and Mile High Ice Cream Pie, is dishing a few dietetic drinks and platters. The former are the invention of Bravo star Bethenny Frankel.

First, the good parts: Chicken tacos with a sprinkling of pepper jack and a side of fresh salsa verde were pleasant, if not ample. They came with a warm corn and black-bean salad, a nice touch. Also fairly light and inoffensive: The Bethenny Breeze, the take of the former "Real Housewife of New York" on a vodka-based sea breeze, only sweetened with agave. Nice. Light. Summery. Refreshing.

Slightly less memorable: Tomato-topped mahi- its strong, off-the-grill flavor overwhelmed the watery, meaty fish. The side of sparsely feta-cheesed pasta and spinach salad could have used a little olive oil or something to wake it up. Then there was the Salty Hound, a salt-rimmed cocktail of SG vodka, and, according to the menu, grapefruit juice. Only ours came with pineapple juice, substituted, said our server, because they'd run out of grapefruit.* "You're the first people to notice all day," she said. The result didn't taste awful. But didn't taste right, either.

Summary: If you gotta eat light, these options ain't bad. But expect to crave that mile-high dessert after.

*If it's really made with grapefruit juice.


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