Blue Moon Cafe – Lip-smackingly Delicious & Totally Healthy

By on October 13, 2010

How often do you eat a lip-smackingly delicious dinner and then, much later, realize that you’ve been tricked into eating a totally healthy meal, prepared with no fat whatsoever and more crunchy locally grown veggies than you normally eat in a week? Oh, once in a Blue Moon.

Blue Moon certainly does not advertise themselves as being health conscious. No “Statement of Philosophy” on the menu, no little hearts next to “heart-healthy” selections. The jewel of the dinner menu is the daily specials and from what I hear some days you’ll find things that wouldn’t earn that little heart, entrees like cheesy lasagna or pot roast or sauteed shrimp. They come across as a friendly homey place, and they’d never claim that their decor is spare, spacious and elegant, but it is. Check it out.

There’s also a lovely little outdoor cafe, awning-covered and hemmed in by potted plants, and on this lovely fall afternoon that’s where we chose to eat. You order at the counter, before you sit. I ordered one of the few entrees that are available every day. “Chili and garlic rubbed grilled pork tenderloin, served with a cilantro herb sauce and market roasted vegetables” ($11)

And there you have it, that stealthy heart-healthy selection. But how could I possibly notice the health benefits when the meat tasted so good? Yes, I prefer pork to be fatty, and served medium rare. But this was juicy and flavorful and there was an entrancing spice rub on the crust that did, as advertised, have chili and garlic, but also haunting flavors of spices I couldn’t quite identify. Underneath, hidden from view, was a green cilantro sauce that was a lot like pesto. The vegetables — I got beans and carrots and onion and squash and fine roast potatoes too — looked a bit forlorn and wilted but they were bursting with flavor. Those little slices of bread were baked on the premises. My meal was so good I didn’t even envy my friends, who both got this:

That’s the daily special, grilled salmon with a spicy honey glaze ($10). It was a bit dry from the grill, but surprisingly full of flavor. I think it might have been wild salmon. (What a deal for $10!) The bok choy was roasted — never seen that before! — and, though again it looked wilted it was wonderfully loaded with taste, helped by some sesame oil brushed on. This, even more than my pork, was a healthy, fat-free meal. The portions were quite large, especially considering the price, and when the friendly staff suggested dessert, we decided to pass. We were full and happy.

Blue Moon Cafe
3512 S Peoria
749-7800
Open Mon – Fri 7 AM to 9 PM
Sat – Sun 8 AM to 2 PM
Dinner menu served only Mon – Fri 5 PM to 9 PM and not on the weekend. At other times, there’s a big menu of sandwiches, salads and baked goods, and a breakfast menu in the morning.
http://bluemoonbakerycafe.com/

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Brian Schwartz:

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society.  www.theomegasociety.com

I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola.

“A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

Brian Schwartz

About Brian Schwartz

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola. “A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

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