Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Silver Diner Adds More Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Healthy Items to New Menu

Silver Diner Rockville

From our friends at Silver Diner...

Silver Diner Makes First Major Menu Change in 10 Years

Menu changes for most restaurants are not generally noteworthy; however, when one of the nation’s top diners adds more vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and under 600-calorie items, it is significant.

Silver Diner is leading the way in healthy eating in the U.S. as noted in a recent study by Tufts University that focused on Silver Diner’s award-winning kids menu. “It’s understandable for a restaurant to serve farm-to-table, locally-sourced food,” explained Silver Diner’s Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst. “It is not expected that a diner with 14 locations and more than 70,000 customers weekly will source locally and provide a flexitarian menu that has something for everyone.”

While many of Silver Diner’s much-loved classics remain, other items have been replaced with dishes including a delicious Meatless Miso Burger. For all-day breakfast, there are Oaxaca (black bean salsa, pepper jack, salsa roja, cilantro, guacamole); and Baby Spinach, feta and cremini omelets. Brunch specialties include Roasted Veggie Huevos Rancheros with crispy multigrain tortillas, butternut squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, black bean, quinoa, (optional) cage free Amish eggs over easy, peppers, salsa roja, scallions, cilantro, (optional) goat cheese and guacamole; and Avocado Toast. Salads include Mediterranean Greek Salad, and a Warm Roasted Local Veggie Salad with beets, squash, brussels sprouts, red peppers, basil, rocket greens, kale, sunflower seeds, pecans, dried apricots in a homemade champagne vinaigrette. There’s a Pineapple Basil Vegan Stir-fry; Organic Chickpea Hummus and Veggie Chili. And there are a variety of bowls on the new menu including a Mediterranean Fattoush Bowl with feta cheese, fattoush salad with tahini pomegranate vinaigrette, organic chickpea hummus over harissa yogurt with naan bread; and a breakfast bowl with Icelandic yogurt, locally-made crunchy granola, blueberries, acai, bananas, and hemp. Udi’s Gluten-free bread can be substituted for any sandwich or burger. And, Silver Diner has now added a bar menu with Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Additional new vegan and vegetarian dishes include in-house roasted tomatoes over brown rice with roasted organic corn, mushrooms, leeks, zucchini, pistachios, lemon pesto, asparagus and peach salsa; Brussel sprouts and farro; vegetarian Beyond Meat burgers and $10 Asian brown rice bowl for lunch.

New menu items were rigorously tested with Silver Diner customers over multiple weeks. Those items that made the new menu did so with extremely high customer ratings. Any dishes that did not receive high marks were cut from the menu.

“This new menu reflects the largest number of changes in Silver Diner’s menu in 10 years,” said Von Hengst. The menu has been shortened to maintain high-quality standards that include sourcing non-GMO ingredients and all-natural, anti-biotic and hormone-free meats.

For more information on the new menu or to find a Silver Diner near you, visit www.silverdiner.com.

About Silver Diner:
With restaurants throughout Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, Silver Diner is the preferred local restaurant for families seeking high-quality and healthier choices. Built on the values of integrity, quality and putting people first, the first Silver Diner was established in 1989 in Rockville, Maryland. Since then, Silver Diner has grown to own and operate 14 restaurants, serving three million customers yearly throughout the Washington, DC Metro Area. Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst ensures that food quality is a top priority, incorporating local ingredients wherever possible. By purchasing fresh and local ingredients, such as hormone free, all natural meats, milk free of bovine growth hormone and free-range chickens, Chef Ype keeps menu items chef-driven and customer-focused. In addition, Silver Diner serves vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and low-calorie items. The Silver Diner Kids Menu has won national accolades for its healthy items and has been part of a Tufts University research study on what restaurants can do to effectively encourage children to eat healthy. For more information and to view the complete directory of locations, go to www.SilverDiner.com. Visit Silver Diner on Facebook or follow @Silver_Diner on Twitter.