OPINION – This is not a drill. I repeat: This is not a drill!
There’s a new restaurant in town and it’s all kinds of amazing.
Twisted Noodle Cafe, located in the heart of Main Street, is the perfect combination of delicious and healthy. Yes, you can order a big bowl of nutritious carbs that are also oh-so-tasty. This changes everything.
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It helps that the owner, Chef Cameron Payne, is the brains behind the restaurant and the man behind the grill. Did I mention he’s been featured in the NY Times and his original recipes are posted on Oprah’s website?
As if that’s not enough, he also worked for Wolfgang Puck at the MGM, fulfilled the role of executive chef at Treasure Island, and later became the executive chef at The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Ivins, which is now known as Movara.
So basically, there couldn’t be a better person to add a healthy twist (no pun intended) to the St. George food scene.
The spiralized vegetable noodles are easily my favorite feature on the menu. Made with zucchini and squash, this faux pasta is all the rage right now. Add some marinara, creamy pesto or Alfredo sauce and BOOM – vegetables never tasted so good.
If the thought of vegetables doesn’t instantly fill you with happiness, don’t worry – there’s more. Noodles are also available: penne or spaghetti with regular, whole wheat, and gluten-free options.
Payne said the southwest quinoa bowl (quinoa, chicken, peppers, lime juice, black beans, avocado, tortilla chips) is the most popular menu item. Like most items on the menu, it can also be made vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and with low sodium.
Other noteworthy dishes are: grilled chicken hummus flatbread (chicken, hummus, pesto, provolone, peppers, onions), caprese chicken wrap (mixed greens, chicken, grilled onions, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, cucumbers), and the apple salad (mixed greens, sliced apples, blue berries, candied pecans, feta cheese) topped with white balsamic vinaigrette. Grilled burgers and appetizing soups are also served.
Don’t hesitate to give your body some goodness by ordering water. The fruit-infused waters have different flavors every day, so you can expect something mouthwatering (ha) like strawberry lime, lemon cucumber, or apple lemon. PSA: Coke products are also available.
All in all, Twisted Noodle Cafe proves that eating healthy is easy and drinking water isn’t boring. And if you’re questioning whether or not I’m right about either- there’s only one way to find out.
St. George News Reporter Holly Coombs contributed the videocast to this column.
- Twisted Noodle Cafe | Facebook
- Address: 20 N Main St, St. George, Utah
- Telephone: (435) 628-9889
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Closed Sunday
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