Healthy Habits: bd’s Mongolian Grill.

What do you get when you cross hibachi with a buffet? Any guesses? You get bd’s Mongolian Grill. Located in South Side Works, this interesting way of dining offers you an interactive experience along with the power to choose each ingredient in your meal.

At first, I was really confused how this place worked. Thankfully we had a bd’s veteran among us to teach us the ropes. They do offer a variety of menu options, but we all agreed to get the full Mongolian grill experience.img_0349

Each guest is given a bowl. With this bowl, you fill with components from each buffet station. The first station is the meat, seafood and noodles. I went a little crazy here. I piled in sausage, sirloin, pork, and shrimp. Resist the temptation to add the noodles at this point! The noodles will stack and hold everything together, get the noodles last.

The next station is vegetables and other fixings. I gathered broccoli, spinach, almonds, pineapple, baby corn, asparagus and water chestnuts.

Now sauces – I added some sweet and soy and teriyaki to the bowl for flavor but decided to come back later to pour on some sauces after my creation was complete.

It’s time – get yourself some rice or noodles. Pile them to the sky so that it shares a close ratio with the remainder of your fixings. Once you can pile no more in your bowl, it’s time to get cooking.

Similar to hibachi, gather around the grill and watch the magic. In this case, you hand them your bowl and you get a number. You are kindly asked if you have any food allergies and your food is cooked before you on a 500 degree, 7-foot circular grill.

Please enjoy the show:

Unfortunately, I missed the juggling portion of the show in the video, but still an interesting way to do lunch. My meal was delicious and I enjoyed the several different meat options on one plate for no extra charge. I revisited the sauces station and played around with several different types of several different flavors.img_0350

Not only is bd’s a unique experience, but you have the option to make it a healthy one. Since 1992 the restaurant has offered guests the option to pick fresh vegetables, crisp salads and flavorful sauces and spices. Online you can access the nutritional facts of every buffet option. If you need proof that a healthy meal can be made, several body-builder families sat around me with healthy bowls.

It’s easy to see why bd’s is the world’s number one “Create Your Own Stir-Fry restaurant concept.

Experience Pittsburgh, One Bite at a Time.

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