Healthy Dining Gets a Closeup at Studio Diner in San Diego

Studio Diner in San Diego isn’t big or fine-dining-fancy or in the trendy restaurant neighborhoods like Little Italy or North Park, but that doesn’t mean you should count this restaurant out.  Studio Diner is a cozy and vintage-style diner filled with movie-making equipment and props (it’s located on a working movie and TV studio lot), helping to make it a unique and must-try restaurant. It’s for good reason this diner has such a loyal local following, with a line often seen spilling out the chrome and glass doors, as people eagerly wait for a good meal. Studio Diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices 24/7, making it easy to find a Healthy Dining menu choice at any time.

Grab your family for a Sunday breakfast, co-workers for a lunchtime break from the office, or friends for a casual dinner out and head over to Studio Diner for one of these Healthy Dining menu choices:

Cobb Salad

This is a big, crisp salad topped with creamy avocado, flavorful gorgonzola, diced turkey, and tomato.  Talk about a tasty way to get your healthy veggies!  MyPlate recommends that half your plate be fruits and veggies, and this salad is an easy way to really enjoy that “half your plate.”  Our dietitians suggest ordering the dressing on the side (it’s not included in the nutrition information) and add as needed to keep this a waist-friendly salad.  Also, request no bacon and less cheese (0.75 oz.) when ordering.

Half Sandwich and Soup Combo

This simple lunch or dinner menu choice is just like Mom used to make and includes half a Bad Movie sandwich on wheat with “Jewish penicillin” soup.  Not familiar with this soup recipe?  It’s generally loaded with good-for-you ingredients, like savory chicken, onions, carrots, celery, and plenty of fresh herbs.  Just the thought of it makes me feel cozy and very, very hungry.

Veggie Omelet
They’ve thrown the garden into this omelet with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, tomato, and cheese.  Good luck finishing all this goodness!  Along with all those veggies come plenty of fiber, vitamin C, iron, and more to help get your day off to a healthy and satisfying start.  Skip the side of hash browns and choice of toast, as these will add calories and sodium to your meal. When ordering, don’t forget to request spray instead of butter and less cheese (0.5 oz.).


For those who prefer a classic pancake breakfast, this is the dietitian-recommended menu choice for you: a fluffy pancake and egg whites paired with a fresh and juicy fruit cup (in place of the meat option) – a great mix of lean protein and nutritious fruit to get your day started right. Be sure to request less butter to cook eggs (0.5 fluid ounce) to keep this a Healthy Dining menu choice.

Next time you’re looking for a fun and comfortable place to dine out or just some good food to enjoy with friends and family, stop by Studio Diner to try one of these Healthy Dining menu choices.