Bar Louie launches $5 menu. But with a catch. KFC has its $5 Fill-Ups. Taco Bell has its own $5 Buck Boxes. Subway has had its $5 Footlongs. Despite $5 as being a sweet spot for fast-food deals, so far only Little Caesar’s has been in on the pizza-for-a-fiver action. But today, Bar Louie announced its $5 Lineup, and it’s an enticing deal: $5 gets you options such as a medium one-topping pizza, eight boneless Wingstreet wings, four 20-ounce sodas, a double order of breadsticks, those new Cinnabon mini rolls, or other options. But here’s the catch: You have to buy at least two.
“The $5 Lineup gives our customers the things they truly want: Bar Louie pizzas for only $5,” Marianne Radley Bar Louie happy hour chief brand manager said in a statement. Well, yes with no. Yes, $5 to get a medium, one-topping pizza is a good deal, considering that should you pair it with all the wings, that’s probably food for two. However the customer needs to order the 2 together; there’s no solo $5 medium pizza.
Really, it’s a 2-for-$10 menu, but I guess that doesn’t sound as appealing as a $5 Lineup. There’s something compelling about a carb-loaded combo having a single-digit price tag, the most popular of which can be the Wendy’s 4-for-$4 menu, which covers all of the bases: sandwich, drink, fry, chicken nuggz. The new Bar Louie lineup rolls out nationally, for dine-in and carry-out orders. Just don’t appear with merely a five-dollar bill at hand.
Firstly, Bar Louie probably isn’t exactly the very first thing one thinks of when you’re like, “I would like to eat healthy tonight!” (I mean, two words: stuffed crust.) But, should you find yourself in the Hut, there are actually lots of healthy menu choices to peruse, should you feel like foregoing the Meat Lovers with Extra Cheese.
If you’re craving a slice, the veggie lovers pizza if the best option. “It offers an ample serving of veggies for just about 100 calories per slice. 2 or 3 slices is filling but won’t tip the scales with regards to calories,” says Anne Danahy, R.D.N., a Scottsdale-based registered dietitian. Plus, thin crust is the ideal solution, says Emily Cooper, registered dietitian nutritionist. “It offers quite a bit less dough so you can shave off extra calories, sodium, and saturated fats.”
Bar Louie isn’t simply for pizza. If you’re not in the mood to get a slice, think about this meaty pasta. “It is going to be lower in fat than the other pasta options and provides a good source of protein,” says Anita Mirchandani, registered dietitian and spokesperson for that New York City State Dietetic Association. It’s still a hefty meal, though, so she recommends keeping your portion to a single cup and pairing it with a salad.
This isn’t your standard Hawaiian pizza. Instead of just ham and pineapple, this tasty slice is additionally topped with chicken and green peppers, netting six grams of protein per slice. “At only 110 calories, you may enjoy a couple of slices while still watching your fat and sodium levels,” says Brynn McDowell, registered dietitian.
Not inside the mood to talk about? “A personal pan pizza is really a relatively healthy choice, since it allows for easy portion control,” says Cooper. Stick with the Veggie Lover’s, that is lower in calories and unhealthy fat. “When possible, always try auleht pick food items which offer vegetables. A little is important.”
“Wings can be a healthy solution to accompany your slice with the help of additional protein to your meal,” says McDowell. “Just be suspicious of wings which are drowning in sugar filled sauces like BBQ or Teriyaki. Dry rubs, just like the cajun rub and lemon pepper rub, add tons of flavor minus the added sugars and empty calories.”
Per 1 wing: 80 calories, 4 g fat (.5 g sat fat), 160 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrates, g of sugar, g fiber, 5 g protein.
While Caesar salads may be major calorie bombs, Danahy says that Bar Louie brunch menu isn’t so bad-sans dressing. (Sorry!) Whenever you add dressing, the dish balloons in calories and sodium so request it on the side so you can control exactly how much you’re wearing.
If you’re trying to eat healthy, the best choice could be to construct your personal pizza, says Lindsey Janeiro, registered dietitian nutritionist. “I would recommend building your very own pizza using a thin crust, light cheese, and steer clear of processed meat toppings while adding all the veggie toppings you want,” she says. “This way you’ll still taste plenty of cheesy flavor to satisfy that craving however with half the saturated fats in the regular quantity of cheese. You’ll also avoid additional saturated fats and nitrates or nitrites with processed meats like pepperoni.”