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Moe's Wants Patrons To Choose Healthier Menu Options

The Southwest Grill in the Ramapo Centre has been using new menus for about a month

, a popular lunch and dinner stop in the Ramapo Centre, is making an effort to get its patrons to choose healthy menu options. According to Moe’s central offices, the chain restaurant is making an effort to make dining out easier for those on low-calorie, vegetarian, or gluten-free diets.

Instead of adding many new options to the menu, Matt Marcaniak, the manager of the Macarthur Blvd. Moe’s, said the new menus just highlight healthy options that have always been available to customers.

“We got our new menu boards in about a month ago, and they basically present our lunches and dinners differently so that people with special dining needs can more easily find foods that fit them,” he said.

The best examples of this are the menu’s new calorie-conscious options, all of which are 450 calories or less.

For vegetarians, the new menu showcases shredded cheese and sour cream free of gelatin and animal rennet, and grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms that are prepared on a separate grill from meat products.

For customers with gluten allergies, Moe’s has over 20 gluten-free ingredients, including all of its chicken, steak, tofu and pork. 

However, according to Marcaniak, there is a bit of a catch.

“Since most of what we serve is create-your-own, it’s harder for people to recognize the initiative,” Marcaniak said.

“Or regulars have definitely noticed,” he said. However, Marcaniak believes that diners at Moe’s must be health-minded when walking in the door in order to best utilize the healthy options incorporated into the make-your-own meals.

If you are planning on eating healthier at Moe’s, you can check out their online calorie calculator before heading to the eatery. 

Mia March 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Hi Jessica thanks for the great article you might also want to let people know that besides a calorie counter if you go to moes.com you can get nutritional info and allergen information. We also have been known to let people read labels in the kitchen to get them the info that they need. Thanks again! Hope to see you at moes soon!! Mia DiPrizito
Andy Schmidt March 15, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Was at Moe's last week and did NOT see any calorie information on the order board/menu? If it's available - it's hidden well. They have to learn from places like Paneras: each item on the menu on the wall lists the calorie count right next to the price - so you know which of their soups or which salad to choose if you are trying to watch your calories - the differences can be 200%. You'll also see which sandwich are doing less "damage"than others. I know I can find Moe's nutritional information on the web if I have a chance to plan ahead - but that doesn't help me if the familiy suddenly decides to stop over at Moe's between events.
Mia March 15, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Hey Andy there are pamphets when you walk in and near the register and the green wheel that you see if posted near the menu board on the line- not hidden at all.... Mia
Andy Schmidt March 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Hi Mia, I'll look for the pamphlets next time - but, as far as the green wheel that is shown in the article, take a look at the photo in full size - that's simply an advertising piece describing the various foods in flowery language, there is absolutely no nutritional information provided on that wheel (calorie, carb, sodium or any other counts that might assist people in following a certain diet.) Again - I suggest for Moes to take a look at Paneras' order board. The calorie count is next to each price. Can't be any easier - you can quickly put together a meal that stays within whatever limits you might be subject to. I'm not bashing Moes - love the place. But if this article supposedly is about healthy choices not just some vaguely vailed promo, then I feel there is more that should be done to actually empower patrons.

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