I dine out most lunches and dinners, and do love pasta, bread, potatoes, risotto, rice, noodles, sandwiches, beans, gnocchi, dumplings, sushi, etc.
This isn't a question of whether I should do Atkins, as I KNOW that it is the only plan that has worked for me to quickly shed 5-8 lbs and keep them off even when I return to the above foods daily.
But do need some dream-worthy foods to which I can look forward to for destination meals. Any price, though 80% of the time will be eating casually with average food cost (entree, or app and entree, or just two apps, etc) of $30.
Also, doing more of the South Beach Diet, so won't be having a 20 oz steak or pot of fondue!
Start of my ideas:
Sashimi, cuke rolls, ceviche
Soups: gazpacho, chicken/ beef veg (w/o thickeners or potato, etc), consomme
Main course salads: cobb, chopped, nicoise, frisee aux lardons, etc
Of course, the obvious, meat, fish, poultry and green vegetable or cauliflower available at most places
Burger/ turkey burger at many places with abundant lettuce and some tomato w/o bread
7-11's Crystal Light/ Diet Coke Slurpees -- yes, love those!!
Sausage (lean), mustard, and sauerkraut at a few German places
Fab omelettes w/ side of salad/ tomatoes
Sandwiches served on low-carb bread (Janet's, which isn't the best, seems the only one available at places like EJ's Luncheonette)
Eagerly ISO some truly inspring dishes that I can look forward to days in advance which will keep me chowishly motivated!!