9 Dietitian Picks at Boudin Bakery & Cafe

Is there anything as enticing as the smell of fresh-baked bread?  That’s what comes to mind when I think Boudin Bakery & Café – freshly baked bread that is always paired with something delicious.

The Boudin family started its bread business in San Francisco way back in 1849 as the California Gold Rush was getting into full swing.  Over the following decades, the recipe for bread, fresh and delicious menu choices, and hospitality was perfected, growing into what we now know as Boudin Bakery & Café (and Boudin SF).

Whether it’s a crisp fresh salad, a piled-high sandwich or a soothing hot soup enjoyed on a blustery day, this participating Healthy Dining restaurant has a menu choice that’s just right for you.  Here are some top picks our dietitians recommend next time you’re drawn into Boudin Bakery & Café by that enticing smell of baked bread:

Spring Salad (Half) – Special Request (340 calories, 28 g fat)

This isn’t just any salad.  These mixed greens are dressed to the nines with spiced walnuts, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and apples.  How’s that for nutritious ingredients packed into a salad?  Request the balsamic vinaigrette on the side to control added calories and fat.  Each tablespoon will add 80 calories and 8g fat.

Chicken Pesto Sandwich – Special Request (660 calories, 18 g fat)

Grab this one and go, or sit down and really enjoy it.  The fresh sourdough roll is topped with chicken, tomatoes, arugula, pesto mayo, and vinaigrette, for loads of flavor plus protein, vitamin C and vitamin K. Request less mayo, just ½ oz. to keep this a diet-friendly choice.

Tomato, Basil, Garlic Pizza – Serves 2 (400 calories, 15 g fat)

You won’t find just sandwiches and salads at your local Boudin Bakery & Café.  This pizza, also on the menu, has all the delicious flavor and nutrition you’d expect from one of Boudin’s menu choices.  Savor the lycopene-rich Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and cheese on this pizza and don’t forget to share it with a friend (analysis is for ½ pizza).