Word is getting around that Mark Stark, chef/owner of four restaurants in Sonoma County, has dropped 50 pounds in five months by eating a no-carb, high-protein lunch every day at Stark’s Steakhouse in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.
“Following a modified version of the Caveman Diet, I was able to vary my meals, since the menu is a la carte and features so many protein and green veg options,” Stark explained in an e-mail. “Whether it was grilled prime filet on the wedge salad, or wild king salmon with Romesco on a whole leaf Caesar salad.”
Besides making Stark leaner and meaner, the diet has spawned a new twist to the menu. Stark’s Steakhouse is now offering a “Caveman” special during lunch, featuring a two-course, fixed-price menu with choice or protein and green vegetable.
If you’re a fan of happy hour at Stark’s – and who isn’t? – here’s a seasonal cocktail from the steakhouse’s bar to celebrate the end of a long week. Whether or not you lost weight this week, raise a glass and toast to Mark’s health.
2 ounces tequila
1.5 ounces strawberries, muddled
½ ounces simple syrup
Few sprigs of torn mint
½ salted rim
Lime wedge to garnish
Shake until well combined. Pour over ice in ½ salted rim glass.