While it’s easy to be mindful eating at home, with fresh ingredients and measuring utensils on hand, it can be challenging to make healthy decisions when eating out at a restaurant, but it’s not impossible. At Crossroads Tavern and Eatery in Wood Dale, IL, we believe that eating out doesn’t have to sabotage a healthy diet. By planning ahead and choosing foods carefully, you can enjoy the atmosphere of a restaurant without compromising your weight loss goals.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, every meal away from home increases an adult’s average daily calorie count by about 135 calories. If you know ahead of time that you will be dining out at a restaurant, make a point to become familiar with the restaurant’s menu before arriving. It will be much easier to make a healthy choice if you have already decided what you would like to order. At Crossroads Tavern and Eatery, you’ll never have to worry about menu surprises, since we post them all on our website.

Portion Control

When a waiter serves you a meal at a restaurant, it’s very easy to let portion control fall by the wayside. Rather than consuming everything in front of you, consider boxing up half of your meal right away to take home, as restaurant portions tend to be significantly larger.

Order Dressings On The Side

If you decide to order a freshly made salad for your entree, be sure to ask the server to put the dressing on the side. Salad dressing can contain unwanted fat and calories, so the more control you have over the amount on your salad, the better.

Stop by Crossroads Tavern and Eatery for your next meal and be sure to check out our daily specials for the best prices in appetizers, food and drinks.