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Old 11-24-2012, 14:03   #11
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David..I was going to mention Cracker Barrel too but it is the same thing on their regular menu just divided so you don't have to sort through the whole menu. The waitress showed me that. lol I think it is great that they have it that way and am proud of them.
So Pat and smorg are right, we can just pick and choose what we eat. If I know where aim going to eat and it is a chain, I look the nutrition up on the net and have a meal planned before I get there.

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I just ask if I can substitute. So far, in this part of the world (northeastern US, just west of Boston), I've been able to find things I can eat. If not, I can get a salad with chicken or order a hamburger without the bun and ask if I can substitute a different vegetable for the fries.

At work, though, they have a cafeteria that makes up delicious salads that always has something in it that spikes me: craisins (dried cranberries), raisins, honey added to the dressing, apples, and so on. I just bring my own.

Yeah, I wonder why they don't have a low-carb section on menus, but maybe it would just complicate the menu too much.

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I enjoy the challenge of finding what is OK and asking for subs where necessary. About asking for restaurants to make a menu section for Atkins: I'm thinking other diet advocates would be asking for equal billing: Weight Watchers, South Beach, etc. Personally, I would just rather learn what I need to learn. Heading out for customary Sat. brekkie with friends. Waiter knows my order in advance!! Works very well for me - veggie omelet, cottage cheese, sliced tomatoes.

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Being gluten intolerant, I can say that it is MUCH EASIER to find low-carb items on a menu. The problem with picking things out that may not have gluten is that they just may have gluten (soy sauce, fried in oil that has previously had batter in it, breaded meat - you can't just scrape it off and be safe, etc.)

Since I went low-carb, I've had no problem ordering in restaurants. While I appreciate Cracker Barrel having low-carb combinations, I could have ordered the same think al a carte. However, because they do separate out these things, it is much safer for me to eat their LC items because they don't have as much chance of being contaminated with gluten.

It's two worlds, LC and GF - and they sometimes overlap.

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Personally, I have no problem with it and it is because I feel it is one's personal responsibility - NOT the restaurants. If you know what you can and cannot eat you should be able to order for yourself and decide depending on what they serve. I mean... if you are at somewhere like Olive Garden then you are just asking for trouble. I agree with what is said above... it is hard to know WHO considers those menus items low carb and exactly how does that match up with how I/you consider low carb? Even just looking at these forums most of us seem to be low carb but that can very from 30-100 carbs a day depending on the person.

For one even before diagnosis I would usually check out a restaurants menu before I get there, this is really useful to me now so I can decide on a few "good" choices before I get there. I also agree with substituting if possible... Texas Roadhouse is one of my favorite places because I order the smothered chicken sandwich (I ditch the bun) and they let me get a salad instead of fries without an extra charge. I know you can't always do that - and I have been stuck before when dining out at a place I'd never been before out of state. They wanted like $3 to substitute anything and they did not have very many appetizing lower carb items but had to pick something even though it might not have been the most delicious item on the menu. Luckily I knew I would probably never eat there again so just had to suck it up that time.

What WOULD be nice is a special restaurant that does ALL low carb and maybe bases their menu based on carb content... like 15 carb section, 30, etc. I would go there!

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I remember when the Atkins craze was on, McDonalds did have "low carb" options on the menu here. Maybe we were just a test market?

It is hard to convince servers that no, we really don't want the carbs, and no, we don't need replacements for the carbs. At a breakfast place near us they have a lovely dish that contains hashbrowns. I ask for no hashbrowns and I get a list of other carb choices. And then the waitress seems depressed when I don't choose any. LOL.

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Personally, I have no problem with it and it is because I feel it is one's personal responsibility - NOT the restaurants. If you know what you can and cannot eat you should be able to order for yourself and decide depending on what they serve. I mean... if you are at somewhere like Olive Garden then you are just asking for trouble. I agree with what is said above... it is hard to know WHO considers those menus items low carb and exactly how does that match up with how I/you consider low carb? Even just looking at these forums most of us seem to be low carb but that can very from 30-100 carbs a day depending on the person.

For one even before diagnosis I would usually check out a restaurants menu before I get there, this is really useful to me now so I can decide on a few "good" choices before I get there. I also agree with substituting if possible... Texas Roadhouse is one of my favorite places because I order the smothered chicken sandwich (I ditch the bun) and they let me get a salad instead of fries without an extra charge. I know you can't always do that - and I have been stuck before when dining out at a place I'd never been before out of state. They wanted like $3 to substitute anything and they did not have very many appetizing lower carb items but had to pick something even though it might not have been the most delicious item on the menu. Luckily I knew I would probably never eat there again so just had to suck it up that time.

What WOULD be nice is a special restaurant that does ALL low carb and maybe bases their menu based on carb content... like 15 carb section, 30, etc. I would go there!
I think the time is just about here for some enterprising entrepreneur to open a LC/HF restaurant chain. Time to start thinking of a name! Any ideas?

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Fatty's maybe?

I love the Olive Garden as well as Texas Roadhouse. The salads are so good and I've had no trouble finding some sort of protein to balance that. Their bread is not very good, so that's not a problem. I tend to pick one of their cheesy appetizers sometimes.

I love Texas Roadhouse. They are really good about substitutions too. Also, some restaurants are good about making spinach sauté if I request it and they have a spinach salad on the menu. Rarely an up charge for it I've found. All in all, I try to work with the server if they are willing.




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