Healthy Dining

This region’s best chefs have the unique privilege of working with a diverse palate of fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create dynamic, flavorful dishes. 

Photography by John Alexander

When people think “Southern food,” they tend to think all things buttered, battered and fried. Down-home cooking is often an indulgence — food made with love that puts a few years on the heart. But those who truly know Southern food know the brilliant range of fare native to the region that makes the culinary scene so exciting. This region’s best chefs have the unique privilege of working with a diverse palate of fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create dynamic, flavorful dishes. 

The ability to source local ingredients year-round allows for unique health benefits to Southern food. Ingredients can endure little-to-no processing before they land on your plate, limiting the amount of harmful chemicals to potentially be ingested. Much of the South has access to wealth of seafood resources — a nutrient-rich protein option that can be found on nearly every Southern menu in some way, shape or form. 

We’ve consulted a handful of health-conscious chefs in the local restaurant scene for their recommendations to maximize the health benefits when indulging in authentic Southern fare. A common thread through the dishes include fresh seafood or meat, lush greens, and flavorful fixins that take these culinary creations to the next level. Check out these six stunning plates during your next dinner out for some soul food that’s good for your body, too.

Rocks on the River

(at The Bohemian Hotel)

Healthy Dish / Trumpet Oyster Mushrooms with roasted apples and squash in a coconut broth with pecan alliade
Executive Chef / Jessica Lewis
kesslercollection.com/rocks-river-grill


700 Drayton

(at The Mansion on Forsyth Park)

Healthy Dish / Farm salad with blackened shrimp, shaved vegetables, baby arugula and roasted sesame vinaigrette
Executive Chef / Daniel Herget
kesslercollection.com/700-drayton


Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market 

(at the Perry Lane Hotel)

Healthy Dish / Salmon avocado toast with house-cured salmon, avocado smash, local feta, radish and a market salad
Executive Chef / Jeffery Axline
emporiumsavannah.com


a.Lure

Healthy Dish / Pan seared airline breast of chicken, over roasted fingerling potatoes, sautéed haricot verts and a roasted tomato demi-glace
Executive Chef / Joshua Fryer
aluresavannah.com

 


The Lost Square 

(at The Alida Hotel)

Healthy Dish / Vegan Tartine with sunflower seed puree, pickled beets, spiced pumpkin seeds, cranberries and radish
Executive Chef / Javi Hernandez
thealidahotel.com/dine-drink/lost-square-rooftop


Rhett 

(at The Alida Hotel)

Healthy Dish / Vegetable Risotto with farm vegetables, sweet pea puree and grana padano
Executive Chef / Javi Hernandez
diningwithrhett.com

 


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