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These keto-friendly restaurants have menus that make eating an ultra-low-carb diet simple and quick when you’re dining away from home.  

Kimberly Holland
May 12, 2018

As a keto eater, you’ll be cooking at home a lot. The ketogenic diet, which focuses on healthy fats and low-carb foods, rarely has many allies on fast-food and fast-casual restaurant menus where buns and fries and breads abound. However, these five restaurants make keto eating easier when you’re looking to dine out, have dinner with friends, or just need a bite to eat in a hurry. Some of their dishes get the keto check mark as is, while others just need a few easy modifications. By now, these restaurants know they’re hot on the keto-eater market, so they won’t give you the eye when you order a cheeseburger and say “hold the bun.”

Chipotle

If you’re looking for the ultimate keto-friendly restaurant, it’s Chipotle—or Moe’s, Qdoba, and any other build-your-own burrito chain. The DIY nature of the Chipotle line makes opting out of carb-heavy options easy.

Ask for a burrito bowl, no rice or beans. Sauteed veggies and peppers add several carbs to your overall carb count, but if you’ve got the grams to spare (most keto eaters aim to eat only 20 grams of carbohydrates per day), these lower-carb vegetables add some good fiber to your diet. Then, pile on your preferred meat, cheese, sour cream, and of course guacamole). Fresh salsa sets you back several grams of carbs, so skip that. Dollop a few drops of a spicy Tabasco on top for a simple keto-friendly option on the go.

Use Chipotle’s Nutrition Calculator to build your keto-friendly burrito bowl and get an accurate measure of your final carb numbers.

Five Guys

Burger joints of all stripes offer keto-friendly options. Five Guys is high on keto eaters’ lists of approved places because they make eating ultra-low-carb easy.

Order the burger you want, sans the bun. Cheese and bacon are OK on this diet. They also have lots of keto-friendly toppings you can add to your burger (which will be served in an aluminum pan for easy eating). Mayonnaise, bacon, even sauteed mushrooms all gets a thumbs up on the low-carb scale.

Create your own ideal keto burger and calculate your carb count with Five Guys’ Nutrition Information page.

Buffalo Wild Wings

You don’t have to skip Monday Night Football because you can’t eat a thing at your favorite sports-watching spot. Buffalo Wild Wings and other good bars have several keto-friendly options, namely the most classic sports bar food: chicken wings.

Where you’ll hit a carb count snag, however, is with sauces. Tantalizing sauces like Bourbon Honey Mustard and Sweet BBQ are loaded with hidden grams of carbs (thanks to sugar), so skip those flavorful ingredients. Instead, look for options like dry seasoning or mild, hot, or medium wing sauces. They have many fewer grams of carbs and are plenty flavorful.

Need something to cool down the heat-packed bite of wings? Ranch and blue cheese dressing are keto-approved.

Pick a sauce option with Buffalo Wild Wings Nutrition Guide so you can plan ahead for your keto-friendly outing.

Subway

What’s a sandwich shop doing on a keto-friendly restaurant list? It belongs here thanks to some great salad options. If you can get past the intoxicating aroma of bread, Subway is a great option for ultra-low-carb eaters.

Order a double scoop of tuna or chicken salad on a bed of spinach with other toppings like cucumber, black olives, and green peppers. Skip carb-rich tomatoes, and drizzle on an olive oil-rich dressing to boost your healthy fat count for the meal.

Pick a salad and customize with Subway’s Menu and nutrition info.

McDonald’s

You might never think of the word McDonald’s and diet in the same sentence, but we’re here to tell you that for the keto diet, it’s one of the best fast options available.

That’s because many of their top-selling meals—Quarter Pounder, McDouble, Sausage McMuffin—are all entirely keto-friendly, minus the buns. You can even just order “two sausage patties and two eggs, please” for a super convenient keto breakfast.

Use McDonald’s Nutrition Calculator to create your custom choice and get an idea of total carb counts.

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