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Last Thursday, something really strange happened. My husband and I went out on a date for the first time since Sophia was born 16 months ago. As in, first official meal at a restaurant that did not involve booster seats, cheerios on the floor, or 17 trips to the bathroom. It was glorious. So when I was given the opportunity to go try out Houlihan’s new Low-Calorie Cali-Cali Menu I was super excited. Two date nights in a week… who are we!?
Houlihan’s new menu is complete with craveable lighter fare items. Each item is less than 590 calories and is prepared with fresh ingredients, without skimping on flavor. It features entrees, desserts and cocktails that are totally drool-worthy, all while being easier on your waistband.
It was our first visit to Houlihan’s Restaurant and I was impressed from the minute we got there. The staff was friendly and I loved the decor; it had a great overall vibe from the seating, lighting, to the soft music. I hate being places where you have to shout to hear each other, and inside our little private booth I never felt that way. While we took some time to read over the menu, my husband started with a house salad and I had a bowl of their original baked potato soup. It was super cold and windy yesterday and the soup was so rich and creamy! Next time I really want to try their Chipotle Chicken Nachos- chili roasted chicken, pepper jack, cheddar, and chipotle cheese sauce, jalapenos, tomato, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream, and house salsa- um, yes!
As we were trying to decide on our entrees I loved reading the notes on the menu: “QUALITY IN, QUALITY OUT- Serving great food starts with great ingredients. We proudly source ingredients from partners committed to quality, authenticity and practices that work to create a sustainable future.” I love this! I was surprised to see how many organic options were available, like their Organic Power Greens Salad with Grilled Chicken.
I have been obsessed with cilantro lately, and the new Rice Noodle Salad with Ginger-Soy USDA Prime Top Sirloin sounded delish– served with napa slaw, basil, mint, snow peas, cilantro, scallions, roasted peanuts and a chili-lime dressing… with 590 calories.
Everything was so delicious. I really wanted to try one of the new featured desserts- Key Lime Mousse (420 Cal) layered with crystallized graham cracker crust, whipped cream $5.95 or the Chocolate Mousse (410 Cal) with fresh raspberries and whipped cream $5.95, but I ended up with the Crème Brûlée. I am such a sucker for Crème Brûlée! I guess that just means we will have to go back a.s.a.p (preferably not in another 16 months)!
Because I thought everything was so delicious, I want your next trip to Houlihan’s to be on me! Enter below to win a $50 gift card to Houlihan’s Restaurant. You better hurry though, these new Cali-Cali lighter items are available for a limited time. Your feedback may help move an item onto the everyday menu though, so be sure to tag your thoughts using #SoEatingThis to @Houlihans.
Established in 1972, Houlihan’s is a progressive concept that bridges the gap between fine dining and what people have come to expect from casual dining, priding itself on style and quality. Houlihan’s offers guests a design-forward atmosphere featuring a curated indie music soundtrack, an eclectic menu designed for modern lifestyles, and an energetic scene. Houlihan’s crafts dishes made from scratch with assertive flavors and offers creative, diverse cocktails and wine selections, with many of its locations garnering ‘best happy hour’ awards from local media outlets. Currently, 83 Houlihan’s restaurants operate throughout the country, 52 of which are franchised. Houlihan’s is owned by Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc. of Leawood, Kansas, which developed and owns several restaurant concepts comprising of approximately 100 locations coast-to-coast, including Devon Seafood Grill and J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks. For more information, please visit www.houlihans.com or find Houlihan’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houlihans.