Dining Out

I typically do not go to restaurants unless i’m out of town or for special occasions. I would much rather enjoy my own cooking. However, sometimes it’s nice to go enjoy yourself and let someone else do the hard work. When faced with this, I try to find a place that works with my way of eating. And let me tell you, it can be difficult. However, a lot of places offer something that you can eat.

Research
If possible, decide ahead of time and see if the menu is posted on their website. If it’s not, call them! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If they value you as a patron they should be willing to answer some questions.

Ask Questions
When you decide on a restaurant and arrive, ask to see a menu while you are awaiting a table. If it’s a buffet, go walk around and peruse. It helps me to decide on what i’m going to order prior so that I do not hold up the rest of the group. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask “what’s in this.” Something may be seemingly “safe” but have hidden ingredients (example: burgers may have flour mixed in or meatloaf may have breadcrumbs added).¬†Also, make sure to specify ingredients to leave out (ex. croutons on your salad). Again, ask questions!!

Have a Backup Plan
If all else fails, have a backup plan! As much as I despise the pre-made foods available, the low carb shakes are a good item to take along. I will often buy a 4 pack and keep them around when traveling. If I can’t find anything, that I trust, to eat at least I can fall back on one of the shakes. Another option, bring your own food. Some restaurants may disallow this. If so, try explaining the situation. I mean, how bad do they want your business? With that being said, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant with your own food unless you have a paying customer with you.

Don’t stress out!! The important thing about dining out is enjoying yourself and the company you are with. Yes, you may seem like the odd ball with your way of eating but it may start a conversation about your success and choice to live a low carb lifestyle. You’ll find that you will inspire others too!

Common Restaurants with Low Carb Options
Below are some common restaurants that I have found serve low carb items. Examples of foods too:

  • Steak Houses
    • Steak, Ask what’s in the seasoning
    • Salad, no croutons
    • Steamed Veggies with only butter, salt and pepper
    • Chicken, ask what’s in the seasoning
    • Burger, no bun or ketchup
  • Country Buffets
    • BBQ (pulled pork), check for sugar
    • Ribs, no sauce
    • Brisket, no sauce
    • String beans, no potatoes cooked in them
    • Collards
    • Salad
  • Seafood Resturants
    • Boiled or Grilled Shrimp
    • Salad, no croutons
    • Boiled crab legs; lobster
    • Grilled or Broiled fish
  • Burger Joints
    • Burger in a basket (a hamburger patty on a salad)
    • Burger with no bun, no ketchup
    • Salad, no croutons
  • Buffet Style
    • Salad Bar
    • Steak
    • Steamed veggies
    • Pork, no glaze or sauces
    • Grilled or broiled fish, no sauce except butter
    • Eggs, bacon, sausage
  • Wing Places
    • Naked wings, no breading
    • Mild or Hot sauced wings
    • Salad, no croutons

External Links
A few links to help along the way

  • https://www.ruled.me/keto-and-fast-food-on-the-go/
  • http://www.4hourbodyzone.com/4hb-slow-carb-friendly-restaurants/
  • https://www.pinterest.com/debisnicko/keto-restaurant-options/?lp=true

Is there a restaurant type not listed here? Let me know in the comments or email me at earl@lowcarblikeme.com .

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