Although Valois is certainly the Hyde Park spot closest to my heart, when I’m looking to do that heart a favor, I head to the Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 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 a number of build-your-own style tacos and wraps as well as a few signature dishes.
As a devoted avocado lover (I’m partial to writing at Clarke’s early in the morning with a bowl of guacamole and a spoon), 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. For me, it’s wonderful to find a socially acceptable way to eat pure guacamole.
The Litehouse’s ambiance is sleek and fresh like a lot of its food, and its typically present owner is always quite friendly. If the health is too much, you can always head down the street for a Valois biscuit and gravy afterwards. Beware, though, of the strange hours (the restaurant closes to observe the Sabbath and provide a location for community events). Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 6:15 p.m.-midnight.