Hidden gem in River Oaks satisfies – even if you’re on a diet
By Laurette M. Veres
There is lots of hype around the latest diet de jour: The Paleo Diet. Many claim eating like our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors is the best and healthiest way to lose weight. But can you eat like a caveman at a restaurant? Usually not.
Neanderthals are now gathering at the Corner Table where long time Houston chef Bruce Molzan diligently works in the kitchen. He is cooking up the dishes he’s known for (Ruggles 1980’s-2012) plus new options geared at the Paleo dieters. Corner Table is nestled off of Westheimer in the old Brownstone location.
The staff here is well trained and knows the in’s and out’s of the menu. With pastas, burgers, filets and chicken offerings, I was surprised to hear diet dishes recommended. After trying some of the diet dishes I understood. The Turkey Bolognese bursts with flavor. Organic tomato sauce, ground turkey and fresh herbs served over spaghetti squash instead of pasta. The chicken enchiladas surprisingly satisfy Mexican Food cravings with coconut flour tortillas and vegan cheese.
The Paleo diet has high protein, carbs from fruits and vegetables, high fiber and fat intake dominated by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Low sodium is also important, plus high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chef Molzan’s diet dishes meet these standards and are fit for a caveman.
An outdoor patio greets guests just past the valet. This is a great place to meet for drinks if you can take the heat. The inside dining area is open and airy with a great view of the kitchen. The best vantage point is from the counter bar; perfect for singletons. After your meal, 1919 Wine and Mixology bar (attached) is a great place for after dinner drinks.