10.2: Here's to Healthy Options!

It’s hard to believe that our first STONEFIRE in Valencia is 10 years old!  Looking back, we took a few risks in our planning, ones that really paid off.  At the time, restaurants didn’t do takeout, and most associated a meal to go with pizza or Chinese food; grocery stores were just beginning to make prepared foods to take home.

We decided to really emphasize STONEFIRE Takeout with the idea that our kitchen could, and should, replace yours regularly!  We prepared simple menu items focusing on value, quality and taste, and the Santa Clarita community responded.  Our overall business steadily increased that first year and the idea of STONEFIRE Takeout became a successful reality.  In fact, we have remodeled our Takeout area four times in the past 10 years, always looking for additional space.  Most recently, we took over the space next door and increased our restaurant size by 1500 square feet, the majority of which went to a new and bigger Takeout area!

Thank you, Valencia, for your support over the years.  The following was written by a regular Valencia guest, Jackie Field, a wife, mom and personal trainer who loves STONEFIRE Grill.

Enjoy,

Mary Harrigan

I Send All My Clients to STONEFIRE

It’s so hard for busy people today to get a healthy meal that’s prepared the way you would prepare your own meals in your kitchen.  With one child finishing up soccer, another to be dropped off at gymnastics or dance, work to finish up that didn’t get done in your regular work day, e-mail to check, a dog to walk (it’s our greatest wish, right?), etc…Come on, you don’t have time to marinate and cook some chicken, chop various veggies, prepare your homemade salad dressings AND set the table?  Those times, unfortunately, are very rare and almost non-existent.

So what to do? As a lifestyle coach and trainer, I send all my clients to STONEFIRE for the best “living” food around.  I’ve trusted STONEFIRE for 10 years now.  I have cross-examined their managers and cooks to find out what they put into their sauces, dressings and marinades.  Everything is made right there with fresh ingredients daily.  Even the carrot cake is made by STONEFIRE cooks.  I recommend it on those special days of indulgences, like Mother’s Day and birthdays.  You can even order a half portion to share with a friend.

STONEFIRE’s menu is loaded with fresh vegetables.  They are the best at letting you modify your order with substitutions or add on additional veggies.  Most of their food items can very easily accommodate a vegetarian diet.  Whenever I have my health and wellness meetings, I’m able to get all the meats and cheeses on the side, as well as dressings, which makes my vegetarian clients extremely happy.  As for my carnivore friends, they love the healthy selection of the lemon garlic salmon or chicken.  You can even order the chicken breast skinless.  It goes without saying; the tri tip is one of the best in Southern California!

I tell my clients, “You should always be conscious of what you put in your mouth and why.  Always be willing to live with the consequences of what you eat.  And always eat for the right reasons.”  I prefer to eat for my health and wellness.  Handle stress with exercise, hobbies, or a good walk under a beautiful blue sky.  Never eat while watching TV or reading a book.  That’s not conscious eating, that’s mechanical eating, and not very satisfying.  Always load up on vegetables to increase the metabolic rate of your meals.  Who wouldn’t want to burn more calories?

So if you’d like a couple of suggestions as to what to eat at STONEFIRE, here are a few of my favorites.  I recommend the Fiesta salad.  It has sautéed and fresh vegetables, which give it a great flavor.  The dressing is amazing, but I like it with no dressing.  The juices from the sautéed peppers and onions give it great flavor on their own.  I also like to get the grilled veggie platter and add a few more grilled veggies at home.  I then take the leftovers home and eat the rest as a snack or side salad later in the day.  When my husband and I go, we like to get the chicken and tri tip combo meal.  It’s plenty for the two of us plus he loves the breadsticks!  My most common order is the lemon garlic salmon meal with a Cartwheel salad.  I was never a lover of beets or cilantro dressing until my daughter talked me into the Cartwheel salad.  Now it’s a must have at family cook outs when I need a big salad that makes everyone happy.

Placing a healthy order at STONEFIRE, for take out or to eat in, allows you to take care of your health while spending time with your loved ones.  Just because we don’t have time to MAKE a healthy meal doesn’t mean we don’t have time to EAT a healthy meal.  Get rid of the excuses and the excess fat, eat at STONEFIRE!  You’ll love it, I do!

Jackie Field, Certified Fitness Trainer/Life Coach

New Choices On Our Gluten Free Menu!

Since the introduction of our Healthy Alternatives Menu, we have been receiving great feedback about the many different options we provide our guests who have chosen to live a healthy lifestyle. At STONEFIRE Grill we always strive to support our guests with their health and dietary needs; one of the ways we accommodate these concerns is with our Gluten Free menu. You can find these popular items on our Gluten Free menu:

Cartwheel Salad
South of the Border Salad (without tortilla strips)
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Barbecue Chicken
Pepper Garlic Tri Tip (without Gorgonzola Butter)
Barbecue Tri Tip
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cowboy Beans
Grilled Vegetables
 

For those of you who took notice we have added a few new items to our Gluten Free menu; because our BARBECUE SAUCE is now Gluten Free, we are able to add a few more options onto the list! This is great news for our Gluten Free guests who have heard about our tantalizing Barbecue Tri Tip, Barbecue Chicken & Barbecue Baby Back Ribs and are now able to take part in this delicious portion of our menu. We are all very excited about this new development and hope you enjoy these new menu options that have become available to you. If you would like further information regarding our full Gluten Free Menu, please contact us at feedback@stonefiregrill.com.

Enjoy!
 

Introducing 'Healthy Alternatives'

We’re proud to offer a variety of menu items complete with nutritional information via Healthy Dining and HealthyDiningFinder.com.  Our Healthy Alternatives menu includes:

Italian Chopped Salad with Chicken (petite)
Spinach Salad
(petite)
12″ Cheeseless Grilled Veggie Pizza
Mesquite BBQ Boneless Chicken Breast
(a la carte)
1/2 Mesquite BBQ Tri Tip Roast
(a la carte)
1/2 lb. Sesame Glazed Salmon
(a la carte)
Seasonal Grilled Vegetables with Feta cheese
(small)
Cowboy Beans
(single)

For even more information, check out our Healthy Alternatives by clicking here.

Are these our only ‘healthy’ options?  Not at all!  Simply ask a STONEFIRE team member for some of their personal favorites.  Why these items and not our entire menu?  This is certainly something we’re working towards at STONEFIRE, as we love to provide our guests with everything possible to ensure the best dining experience, but here is a little more information on what is currently required.

Here’s to healthy options at STONEFIRE Grill!

We're Here for YOU!

At STONEFIRE, we’ve become increasingly aware of our valued guests’ dietary needs, concerns and aspirations.  Now more than ever, people are concerned about what they eat, and we couldn’t be more supportive of this rising trend.  Launching our Healthy Alternatives menu at the end of March was the first step in a much larger project – full menu nutritional analysis, including allergens.  This is a huge endeavor, and we look forward to providing this information to everyone later this year!

For now, we’ll continue to do our very best to accommodate as many special requests as we can, as this OC foodie points out in her recent blog entry.

Here’s to healthy, delicious meals throughout Southern California!

Our Gluten-free and healthy menu options

Let’s face it – healthy restaurants Los Angeles are seemingly few and far between when it comes down to it.  Sure, many restaurants throughout Southern California are quick to talk about ‘health’, ‘healthy options’ and the like, but at STONEFIRE, we truly deliver on these notions.

Now, more than ever, maintaining a dynamic group of healthy restaurants is what we’re truly striving for on a daily basis.  For example, with allergens on the rise, gluten is one of the hottest topics out there, how many gluten free Los Angeles restaurants are there?  No, seriously, but that actually tastes good too?!  What about providing nutritional information that makes sense to valued guests?  At STONEFIRE Grill, we recognize what ‘health’ signifies to so many and aim to always accommodate as much as possible.

If we’re being really honest with ourselves, quality is hard to come by when speaking of healthy restaurants Los Angeles.  Sure, raw and organic restaurants present a variety of, well, deliciously raw and organic options that are certainly healthy, but they’re not always geared for the average consumer seeking a balance of overwhelming flavors AND health.  Combine this with the ability to provide value, and STONEFIRE Grill is the obvious choice in Southern California.  Since health and gluten-free options are becoming seemingly synonymous as of late, we’re proud to offer a gluten-free menu that is loaded with options – over 20 gluten-free menu items at these gluten free Los Angeles locations to be exact.  Looking for even more? Ask for our help in creating the perfect vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu for you and yours next time you’re in any one of our seven locations!  From Orange County to Ventura County, we’ve got you covered (and more locations are soon to come!).

 

Ok, well, maybe we’ve been rambling a little bit when it comes to healthy restaurants Los Angeles, healthy options, vegans, vegetarians, our gluten-free menu and just about everything else for that matter.  Instead of going on and on about it, we’d prefer to leave you with just a taste of what you’ve been reading up until this point.  What if  healthy restaurants Los Angeles could have 15 market-fresh salads on its menu?  And what if 7 salad dressings could be gluten-free?  What if vegans and vegetarians were given an animal protein alternative in the form of quinoa?  And what if these healthy restaurants had service in such a way that you, the paying and deserving guest, could modify the heck out of menu items so that it was made EXACTLY as you wanted? THIS is STONEFIRE Grill – fast, efficient, healthy, gluten free restaurants Los Angeles, hippie-friendly (oops, we meant vegan/vegetarian-friendly)…we could keep going, but that’s about it for now.  For more information on our healthful and allergen-conscious deliciousness, please Click here.  Looking for the nearest STONEFIRE location to you? Click here We look forward to serving you soon!

GLUTEN-FREE? YES, PLEASE.

Gluten-Free? Yes, please!

Eating out doesn’t have to be difficult! With a choice of 16 different salads, our delicious meats hot off the grill or a variety of sides (yes, our Garlic Mashed Potatoes are included), your biggest challenge will be choosing what to order.

A full list of our Gluten-Free menu items are listed below and are available upon request at each of our STONEFIRE Grill locations.

xo STONEFIRE

SIGNATURE SALADS
Garden
Cartwheel*
Traditional Greek
BBQ Chopped*
Italian Chopped
Spinach*
Cobb
Grilled Salad
South of the Border*
Keen Green
Healthy Hybrid
Roasted Corn & Arugula
Golden State Kale
Jeanette’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Mediterranean Chicken Bowl

*No tortilla strips, croutons or Jerusalem Pita.

Gluten-Free Salad Dressings
Cilantro Vinaigrette | Olive Oil Vinaigrette | Buttermilk Ranch | Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette | Chili Lime Vinaigrette | Balsamic Vinaigrette | Lemon Tahini | Tomato Basil Vinaigrette | Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

FROM THE GRILL
Mesquite BBQ Chicken
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Mesquite BBQ Tri Tip
Baby Back Ribs
Lemon Garlic Salmon
Mediterranean Sea Bass

 

PASTA
Roasted Cauliflower with Meat Sauce and Mozzarella

SIDES
Quinoa
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Stonefire’s Beans
Cauliflower Salad
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Nutty Coleslaw
STONEFIRE’S Roasted Vegetables
Roasted Sweet White Corn [seasonal]

Truman Talks Health

Our recently released Healthy Alternatives menu has been an absolute hit. With this addition, guests are happy to come on in and enjoy a meal or pick up food to go, even when on a diet! So if you haven’t tried out our Healthy Alternatives yet, I have important instructions for you. Log off of your computer, and get to STONEFIRE immediately. You won’t regret it. (Our Salmon and Spinach Salad are keeping me lean and mean. Seriously.)

Recently, our Irvine location hosted a meetup for “BlogCrush,” reportedly the largest blogging group in Orange County! They came out to try our delicious food (including many of the items on our Healthy Alternatives menu), and they weren’t disappointed.

It seems that “TheModChick” agrees with me- our Healthy Alternatives are the perfect choice for summer dining, and they “taste GOURMET.” Check out her awesome review (with pictures) here.

Another guest over at her blog “Spontaneous Clapping” provides an in depth look at her night of fun and delicious food at STONEFIRECheck it out!

Eva Smith, another member of BlogCrush, provides a full review of her STONEFIRE experience- from the front counter to her last bite of dessert! She also goes on to rave that our food “is the freshest in town!” Eva – I’m with you. Read the rest of her blog post here.

If you’d like to see some more guest-taken pictures of our Healthy Alternatives freshly prepared, check out Kathleen’s blog post. She describes our approach to healthy, fresh dining perfectly!

Not only is our Healthy Alternatives menu creating a real buzz in the blogosphere, it’s also catching news/media attention. Below are a few outlets  writing about everything STONEFIRE with a focus on our Healthy approach:

LA Splash Magazine

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Daily News (In this article, our Founders Mary and Maureen share some previously secret recipes!!)

As always, if you have any questions or comments, or would like a suggestion for next time you visit STONEFIRE, feel free to leave a comment below. They are like presents on Christmas to me. Except for spam- that’s like coal.

-Truman, Intern