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Fall 2011 Dining Guide: Healthy Perspective — Stephanie Panek, Rise N Dine

Stephanie Panek

Stephanie Panek

Here’s what I had to say in the original letter:

Think about our health: When I look to the stars, it appears the heavenly body that brought us this Age of Meat is in retrograde. People are starting — gingerly — to speak of vegetables and sensible eating again. But the “gluttony-is-good” ethos just won’t go away. Pork fat and bacon are delicious — even more so in moderation. I hate that feeling of going home clutching my stomach, even after leaving half the food on my plate.

Here’s why I think Panek exemplifies this quality:

There’s nothing wrong with those hangover gut-bomb breakfasts we all love — the biscuits with sausage cream gravy, the three-cheese omelets with bacon and hash browns. But there’s something incredibly right about the variety of breakfasts you can build at Rise N Dine in Emory Village. Order your eggs with roasted sweet potatoes and sliced tomatoes, or any kind of fruit you want from berries to melon, or even amazing sage-quinoa grits. Have the Pangaea — a roti flatbread topped with hummus, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and eggs any style. There are no calorie counts or mention of the word “healthy” anywhere on the menu. But owner and kitchen manager Stephanie Panek knows that so many of her customers want the kind of choice in their eating options that they can never, never find elsewhere. Plus, if you want biscuits and gravy, she’s got ‘em. No judgment, just choice. Anyone listening?

A variety of healthy side dishes at Rise N Dine (credit: Becky Stein)

A variety of healthy side dishes at Rise N Dine (credit: Becky Stein)

3 comments Add your comment

mary

September 22nd, 2011
9:16 am

The food may be good but, boy, bad service.

Dwight

September 23rd, 2011
8:33 am

Food is tremendous…..don’t know what “Mary” is talking about….every time we go there the service is excellent and the atmosphere is great.

HDD3

September 23rd, 2011
10:46 am

I took my daughter to this restaurant based on Kessler’s review. We had pancakes and the sweet potato waffle. Hands down these dishes were the worst I have tried. My daughter’s pancakes were gummy and were flavorless and my waffle was not crisp and equally flavorless. We sat at the counter and the service was poor. Perhaps other items on the menu are good but doubt I will give this place a second chance.