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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I think many diabetics feel they can't eat out because of all the high carb choices. I thought it might be interesting for people to share positive experiences about the choices they have made when eating out and restaurants that are accommodating. I have had 2 great experiences with chain restaurants. Red Robin will make any of their burgers on lettuce instead of bread and substitute a side salad for the fries. And the burgers are very tasty. The other day I stopped at Applebee's for lunch and ordered a Sirloin burger w/o the bread and a side Caesar salad. The waitress asked if I just wanted to substitute the salad for the fries and only charged me $1 instead of $2.99. When she brought it I just added the sirloin strips to the salad and it made a yummy lunch. What kind of experiences have some of you had? Come on...share yeah
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had any problems eating out when I ask for substitutions for the potatoes or pasta that comes with the meal.  I think restaurants and servers now are familiar with low-carbers and even have suggestions to replace whatever carb comes with the meal.  Be careful with salad dressings because some might have sugar.  I have asked for just oil and vinegar and that solves that problem.  Now, at Atlanta Bread Company where my sister and I meet every week, I bring my own little bottle of oil and vinegar that I mix at home because I suspect that the little packaged tubs are not carb friendly - and it's the kind of eatery where I don't feel strange doing that.  I might not do that in other places, though.  So, eating out hasn't been a problem at all though I do think the portions are too large, so I end up taking a box home.
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   Posted 12/30/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm on the road a lot. I love to eat at Ruby Tuesday's- the salad bar there is superb-and clean.

I also love to eat at the Cheesecake Factory - they will make you an eggwhite omelet with avocado, cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes that is wonderful- they also give me a side salad made with baby greens and their house garlic vinigarette.

Similarly, I eat at Perkins, Denny's, Bob Evans and IHOP with little difficulty (omelets and salads).

Many chinese buffetts have a salad bar- and if there is a Mongolian barbecue- I pick the freshest veggies and ask for tofu to stir fry with them- then follow with a salad if I'm still hungry.

The only place I had difficulty was at Panera- everyting there was carb+meat based except for the black bean soup (which was tasty- but not enough protein- I had to add a cheese stick).

Ok- now I'm hungry- Oh one more- pbLoco- a peantur butter restaurant at the Mall of America (and other malls) sells flavored peanut butters- they make a low carb wrap that you can customize- it was so good!


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   Posted 12/31/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Tonight we are going to a local restaurant for a Prime Rib/Chinese buffet. Local place called The House of Ing... absolutely wonderful! Great prime rib and lots of sea food for hubby. Salads, combo veggie/meat choices... my mouth is watering already!
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