Restaurant Review: Republica (Berkley)

Welcome to the first of a series of “Restaurant Review” blog posts, where I will tell you about a local restaurant in Southeast Michigan. I wanted to have these adventures in dining out with my Healthy Healthy Mastermind peeps because learning to eat in REAL life, sometimes at restaurants, is part of having a healthy relationship with food. Also, food just tastes better when it’s shared with good company!

Our first pick for a restaurant was, Republica, an independent (non-chain) restaurant in Berkley, MI.  They are known for quality “American” cuisine that is friendly to gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diners.  

On this trip, our group ordered the following: Republica Chopped Salad, Cauliflower Flatbread, Squash & Brusssels Sprouts with house fries, and Ma’s Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Brusssels sprouts. From a nutrition standpoint, I would say that these were some excellent choices for eating out. 

  • The Republica Chopped Salad was full of healthy fat (goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette) as well as a nice serving of protein (chicken), and lots of leafy greens and other veggies. Rachel, who ordered this, said that this is her go-to when eating here.
  • The Cauliflower Flatbread was basically a healthy version of pizza, made of a gluten free cauliflower crust with garlic aioli, onions, pepperoni, prosciutto, bacon, and goat cheese. I loved that it was all topped with a bunch of fresh arugula!  This is a great way to eat more vegetables! Abby let me have a bite of her pizza, and I would definitely order this over Papa John’s any day!
  • Nicole ordered the Squash and Brussels Sprouts along with the house fries tossed with feta, lemon & oregano.  She thought the Brussels sprouts were a bit too greasy, but I loved the extra fat.  
  • I had the Ma’s Meatloaf, which was a tender gluten-free beef & pork blend meatloaf topped with sweet onion.  It was well conceived and perfectly cooked, but I thought just a touch too sweet now that I’m eating much less sugar than I used to (thanks to The RESTART Program).  Not a bad problem to have!

Overall, I love that Republica is so gluten-free friendly and focuses on high quality REAL food ingredients.  The waitress was also super helpful with our questions.  This restaurants is definitely on my list of local faves.

What’s YOUR favorite restaurant for healthy eating?  Please me know in the comments below, because the Mastermind is looking for ideas for our next night out!  

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