I don’t know what I had against Flat Top Grill. I had been to one years before and liked it enough. But every time the hubby suggested the one just down the street from our apartment, I always turned him down. It sounds exactly like your kind of food, he would tell me. I was unconvinced.
What can I say, women are complicated?
Then, for whatever reason, when he suggested it last week, I suddenly was game. And, of course, he was right: it is totally my kind of food, because it is totally make-your-own. Diners are given a bowl to fill up with their choice of white rice, brown rice, or noodles; fresh and seasonal vegetables; sauces (with nutritional breakdowns written on a giant chalkboard above); and protein, all of which are then stir-fried on a lightly oiled grill. You can have your bowl as is, or add soup, lettuce wrap, mushu wrap, or roti bread on the side.
With all the fresh vegetables and lean proteins, Flat Top is a great – and convenient – way to eat out healthy. As my husband observed, you know it’s a healthy place (or a dessert place) when there are multiple tables of one gender at the restaurant….and that gender is female. Guess he has a point.
Anyways, for my bowl, I went with ½ cup of brown rice, broccoli, spinach, garlic, baby carrots, water chestnuts, peppers, sesame soy sauce, peanut sauce, teriyaki sauce, chicken breast, and, just because I was feeling crazy, a fried egg on top. It turned out super delicious, although next time I will stock up even more on the veggies, since they really cook down. I also wish they had fortune cookies at the end of the night. Maybe it was just a strange craving, but eating a bowl with Asian flavors made a fortune cookie sound like the ideal, slightly sweet way to round out the meal. Alas, no go. Even so, I would happily go back to Flat Top Grill and can even admit to the hubby that he was right. Although I still made him pay for dinner.
Try Flattop Grill at one of its many locations in Chicago:
The Loop – 30 S. Wabash Ave.
River West – 1000 W. Washington Blvd.
Old Town – 319 W. North Ave.
Lakeview – 3200 W. Southport Ave.