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Old 04-14-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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My kids and I used to really enjoy eating lunches out. And, of course, I enjoyed having one meal with no dishes to do.

Any recommendations of restaurants or common restaurant dishes that are NK friendly? I have already figured out that Panera has a "secret gluten-free power menu" and some of those dishes work. Also, Elevation Burger will serve your burger on a lettuce wrap. But, I'd like more options.

Oh, and how I wish Starbucks served BPC!!
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Steaks with salad instead of potatoes/fries tends to be my plan A. Just make sure there isn't starch in the sauce. Bearnaise is usually without it.
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Steaks with salad instead of potatoes/fries tends to be my plan A. Just make sure there isn't starch in the sauce. Bearnaise is usually without it.
This has been my go- to also
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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Cobb salad, grilled chicken breast salad, Alfredo sauce with chicken over sautéed spinach, omelets, quiche (don't eat the crust).....that's a few for you.

Also at Macaroni Grill, I've had the Chicken Scallopini without flour and no pasta with a side vegetable, one time asparagus, one time spinach. It's delicious.
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Steaks with salad instead of potatoes/fries tends to be my plan A. Just make sure there isn't starch in the sauce. Bearnaise is usually without it.
Geiri, just wanted to let you know, you are looking quite dapper in your new avatar.
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Alfredo sauce with chicken over sautéed spinach... OMG, that sounds so good!

Thx for the suggestions, everyone!
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:45 PM   #7
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I confess that as much as I try to avoid going out to eat because you never really know what you're getting, it can be sanity saving to do so once in a while. Last weekend my sister and I went out with her kids to the park with McDonald's. Minus the bun and sauce it wasn't too bad. I also had a work function where I ate chicken satays and salad.

So far, I haven't anything that I suspect have a lot of hidden carbs. If I did, then I'd skip the occasional serving of berries I have for that week, or whatever carb replacement (eg almond meal muffin or keto pizza crust) I might plan.
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Geiri, just wanted to let you know, you are looking quite dapper in your new avatar.
If only that was me lol.
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If only that was me lol.
That's not you? He looks like he could be you. Well, I'm going to blame it on a smudge on my glasses.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #10
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We're nothing alike haha. Yes blame the smudge

His name is Theo Hutchcraft, he's the singer from a duo band called Hurts. Lovely music
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As someone who used to LOVE to eat at restaurants, I find this WOE kind of hard right now. I usually eat a burger without the bun, with mustard and mayo, no fries, and a salad or side veg. I also get steak sometimes, since I know for sure it's gluten free. Last resort is as plain a chicken dish as I can get. I notice it makes my family a little nuts when I start asking a lot of questions about the menu.

When I get coffee at Starbuck's or somewhere like it, I ask for a latte with half and half or cream. It's almost like BPC. And I wonder if someday soon they will start serving it. Wouldn't that be nice?
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I honestly find it much easier to eat out on this WOE than on any other. I don't trust most foods, so I keep it simple. Steak, burger without a bun, bacon and eggs (never scrambled from a restaurant). Simple, but easy and easy to stay on plan. One of my favorites is also Chipotle. Just meat, cheese, sour cream, and if I'm feeling like splurging I'll have some guacamole. That's my favorite!
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:07 PM   #13
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That's a good tip about chipotle. I like those kid-friendly places!
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Rotisserie chicken is good. Red Robin offers any of their burgers lettuces wrapped - so good. There aren't too many lunch options out there at restaurants unfortunately.
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I didn't know that about red robin. Thanks!
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I love going to Red Robin! I get the mini wedge salad, a burger lettuce wrapped with coleslaw. I always save the coleslaw for the next day.
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I don't eat at chain restaurants (because I don't trust mass produced foods) but I do eat at Chipotle once in a while. I get their salads with grilled chicken, onions, peppers and salsas. I usually get my fat from the small bottle of MCT oil I carry with me.

Local restaurants, at least in Portland, are pretty well versed in gluten free, sugar free, options and substitutions.
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I'm experimenting more, thanks to a blog I found for staying low carb while traveling. I'm not a steak person and we usually have salads every night at home, so a salad out is the last thing I want unless it's a taco salad. Been getting sandwiches and eating the innards and veggies on the side if I'm not in the mood for the typical bunless burger or fajitas.

I was charged extra for getting a Starbucks coffee with HWC instead of half-n-half recently. I asked him if he was serious as no one had ever mentioned it before when I asked for HWC. I think it was a buck extra.
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my go to depends on the place but for lunch i go for burger without bun. salad with steak and salmon as well. We coworkers go to subway and chipotle a lot so i usually order tuna salad 4 scoops or chipotle salad bowl with guac.
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Oh, and how I wish Starbucks served BPC!!
I've been known to carry a little jar of coconut oil in my purse and spoon it into my Americano with heavy whipping cream.

Yes, Starbucks has started to charge extra for HWC where I am too. I do Starbucks for a rare treat, it's not an everyday thing, so I'm OK with that.
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When I get coffee at Starbuck's or somewhere like it, I ask for a latte with half and half or cream.
That's a breve...and be careful with those - they use 1/2 cup or more of the cream, and if they use half and half you're looking at at least 10 carbs per drink.
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Rotisserie chicken is good. Red Robin offers any of their burgers lettuces wrapped - so good. There aren't too many lunch options out there at restaurants unfortunately.
One of the really nice things about Red Robin's website is that they offer a meal calculator that lets you build your sandwich and see what the nutrition breakdown is. So many places you have to guess what you're getting. I also appreciated the fact that no one acted like I was weird for ordering a lettuce wrap. When ordering from McDonald's I frequently have had to deal with eye-rolling teenagers. Carl's Jr. also offers lettuce-wrapped burgers, btw.

My other staple at restaurants is breakfast food. Omelets are easy to order low carb, and come with meat as a side dish. The one restaurant to watch out for is IHOP - they add pancake batter to their omelets "to make them fluffy" (my turn for eye-rolling).

FWIW, I went to Panera a while back and asked for the super-secret menu. They had 3 choices and the food pretty much tasted like cardboard. Their idea of low-carb fits the Dukan diet – super low-fat, and therefore low in flavor. I added butter pats and mayo to my beef bowl and was still hungry again in an hour. Every last one of their salad dressings is fat free and high in sugar. If you have a choice, steer clear of Panera.
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My kids and I used to really enjoy eating lunches out. And, of course, I enjoyed having one meal with no dishes to do.

Any recommendations of restaurants or common restaurant dishes that are NK friendly? I have already figured out that Panera has a "secret gluten-free power menu" and some of those dishes work. Also, Elevation Burger will serve your burger on a lettuce wrap. But, I'd like more options.

Oh, and how I wish Starbucks served BPC!!
You can have beef, chicken, fish, and pork without breading. Add some steamed vegetables or salad with butter or low carb dressing. I also like to have bacon and eggs when we eat out. It really is not too hard to eat out low carb if you keep it simple. My husband and I do not eat out very often, but when we do, I keep it simple and realize that there may be some hidden carbs in the food and that they do not use the right kind of fats. As long as we do not do it too often, I am fine with that.
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That's a breve...and be careful with those - they use 1/2 cup or more of the cream, and if they use half and half you're looking at at least 10 carbs per drink.
Interesting enough that half and half does not affect my weight loss, but vegetables do. I do splurge on half and half when we go out for coffee, but that is not often. You have to decide if it affects you or not.
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Alfredo sauce with chicken over sautéed spinach... OMG, that sounds so good!

Thx for the suggestions, everyone!
That does sound good. I like chicken breast with sour cream, salt, and pepper on it. It is just like a regular cream sauce.
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I've been known to carry a little jar of coconut oil in my purse and spoon it into my Americano with heavy whipping cream.

Yes, Starbucks has started to charge extra for HWC where I am too. I do Starbucks for a rare treat, it's not an everyday thing, so I'm OK with that.
What a good idea!

I only get SB once a month or so, but it still irks me. It appears they use half-and-half in most items, they have HWC there, so I just don't get why they charge extra for grabbing the HWC instead of the Half-n-Half. Not asking this of you, of course, just doesn't make sense to me. But, then again I think the same way of substitutions at restaurants.

I know there's a barista here (Dawn?) - maybe she knows why they charge extra.
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It appears they use half-and-half in most items, they have HWC there, so I just don't get why they charge extra for grabbing the HWC instead of the Half-n-Half.
It's probably because it costs them more and cuts into their bottom line.
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Jimmy Johns will make any of their sandwiches or subs into an "un-wich" aka lettuce wrap, hubby loved the Italian cc one in lettuce
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I don't know how wide spread it is but I have learned that S.B. has stopped serving 18% cream and now the choices are 10% (half and half), 5%, skim milk and soy milk. I have taken to carrying my own hwc in a gotoob along with sweetener.

The only type of restaurant I would have trouble eating at is Asian and that is probably doable but I avoid them.
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Five Guys Burgers will do their burgers and hot dogs bunless. They put it in a container with all your toppings and give you a plastic fork and knife. Delish.
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