Hyde Park Eats — The Litehouse

By Andrew Holzman

Photo by Yasmine Laasraoui

Although Valois is certainly the Hyde Park eatery closest to my heart, when I’m looking to do that heart a favor, I head to the Litehouse Whole Food Grill, located at 1373 E. 53rd St.

Litehouse is one of very few restaurants in the area focusing on food that’s a little bit healthier and a whole lot lighter. Their menu features build-your-own style tacos and wraps, among other signature dishes.

As a devoted avocado lover — I’m partial to writing at Clarke’s early in the morning over a bowl of guacamole — I go to Litehouse for their guacamole tacos ($6.75).

The dish comes with three soft shell tacos stuffed with the good stuff, as well as a little bit of chopped tomato and lettuce. Beans are also available, but for me, it’s wonderful to have found a socially acceptable way to eat pure guacamole.

The Litehouse’s ambiance is sleek and fresh just like most of its food, and its typically present owner is always quite friendly. If the emphasis on health is too much for you, you can always head down the street for a Valois biscuit and gravy afterwards.

Just beware of the strange hours: Litehouse closes to observe the Sabbath and provide a location for community events. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 6:15 p.m. to midnight.