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The 37 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

You can have your Chipotle and eat it too.

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Sticking to a keto diet can be tricky, especially when you eat out. You could cook every day, but even the most devout keto followers need a break (and a social life) every now and then. Luckily, there are many keto restaurants out there that offer high-fat, low-carb options that are actually delish.

Knowing in advance what you’ll order takes the stress out of the equation, which is why we highlighted must-try dishes at each spot. It doesn’t have to be that tricky to pick the right foods—you just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, the owner of Active Eating Advice.

How to order keto at any restaurant: Skip a dish if it says “breaded” or “coated” (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you’re always better off avoiding “glazed” foods, as that probably equates to a lot of sugar. Oh, and leave the buns off those burgers and say buh-bye to fries. Salad, dear keto dieter, will be your new go-to side.

In addition, Vanessa Rissetto, RD, the co-founder of Culina Health in New York City, suggests certain easy subs like cauliflower rice, avoiding condiments with added sugar (such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, and sriracha), and making sure to never be afraid to build your own version of a dish, like an omelette with veggies or a salad without croutons.Luckily, being on the keto diet gives you the green light to eat those cheesy, creamy sauces you have to avoid on other diets; it also gives you a full range of meats to choose from (steak, chicken, fish—you name it, they're all keto-friendly). And, as always, fill your plate with as many leafy greens and non-carby veggies as possible.

Here's the catch: You might have to go "off-menu" to find exactly what you're looking for. "My rule of thumb is that if you see an ingredient on a menu, you can ask for it to be added or swapped into your meal," says Amy Gorin, RDN, the owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you’re ordering the chicken breast, you can definitely ask for your meal to come with some avocado slices."But your best line of defense is, quite simply, being prepared by researching restaurants and their nutritional information in advance, she says.

Here are the 37 best keto-friendly restaurants and what to order at them that's keto-approved, according to nutritionists. Go ahead and dig in to these high-fat faves.

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Starbucks
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Starbucks

For a quick breakfast with your morning coffee that won’t derail your diet, Starbucks can absolutely be your go-to. While it’s hard to customize their prepared sandwiches, the Bacon and Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites can fit into a keto diet, have tons of flavor, and they’re easy to take on the go.

Bacon and Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites: 300 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 680 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 19 g protein

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IHOP
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IHOP

Eggs are always a great protein-packed option, and the Avocado, Bacon, and Cheese Omelette at IHOP ups the fat factor for a meal that’s indulgent, yet totally keto-friendly.

Avocado, Bacon, and Cheese Omelette: 880 calories, 67 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 1720 mg sodium, 14 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 57 g protein

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California Pizza Kitchen
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California Pizza Kitchen

Okay, maybe you can’t have pizza, but the California Cobb Salad is pretty incredible for a keto option: Fresh avocado, chicken, eggs, basil, and Gorgonzola with a bleu cheese dressing. What’s not to love?

California Cobb Salad: 480 calories, 37 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 780 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 26 g protein

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Bahama Breeze
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Bahama Breeze

The Jamaican Chicken Wings alongside a cup of Bahamian Seafood Chowder is a great option that’s super low-carb, delicious, and filling.

Jamaican Chicken Wings: 780 calories, 53 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 2640 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 66 g protein

Bahamian Seafood Chowder: 230 calories, 21 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 630 mg sodium, 7 g carbs, 1< g fiber, 3 g sugar, 5 g protein

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Pret a Manger
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Pret a Manger

Grilled chicken, avocado, chili salt, a tangy chipotle dressing, and pickled red onions make up this spicy Chipotle Chicken Salad, which is super convenient to pick up whenever you’re in a rush (which, let’s be honest, is always).

Chipotle Chicken Salad: 260 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 760 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 29 g protein

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True Food Kitchen
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True Food Kitchen

This restaurant chain has a keto-friendly section on its menu, which takes out all the guesswork. A nutritionist favorite, though, is the Cauliflower Polenta With Chicken: The cauli is riced and mixed with turmeric, cashew butter, and garlic paste to create a flavorful, comfort-food-like dish to warm you up.

Cauliflower Polenta With Chicken: 510 calories, 31 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 1970 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 36 g protein

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Denny's
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Denny's

A burger may be off-limits on the keto diet, but the Garlic Peppercorn Sirloin with non-starchy broccoli and zucchini on the side will satisfy you so much, you won’t even miss the bread!

Garlic Peppercorn Sirloin with Broccoli and Zucchini: 525 calories, 40 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 1830 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 47 g protein

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P. F. Chang's
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P. F. Chang's

Okay, yes, the noodles and rice found on many Chinese restaurant menus may not fit into a keto diet, but there’s still a way to get your fix sans carbs. Try the Asian Caesar Salad with Salmon for a healthy dose of protein and fat that’ll keep you full for hours.

Asian Caesar Salad With Salmon: 650 calories, 46 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 1330 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 37 g protein

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Buffalo Wild Wings
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Buffalo Wild Wings

While the sauces may be too high in sugar to fit into a keto diet, a six-count of Traditional Wings with Dry Buffalo Seasoning is delicious, packed with protein, and perfect for a filling lunch.

Traditional Wings (6-Count) With Dry Buffalo Seasoning: 435 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 640 mg sodium, 1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 53 g protein

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Arby's
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Arby's

While you can always grab a bunless burger, Arby’s also offers a really delicious Roast Chicken Salad topped with juicy pepper bacon and cheddar. Trust us: You won’t want to share.

Roast Chicken Salad: 250 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 690 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 25 g protein

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Boston Market
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Boston Market

The Rotisserie Prime Rib with a side of Steamed Vegetables is the perfect mix of veg, protein, and fat, making it a flavorful keto meal you won’t feel guilty about ordering.

Rotisserie Prime Rib With Steamed Vegetables: 690 calories, 50.5 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 810 mg sodium, 7 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 57 g protein

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Seasons 52
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Seasons 52

You can easily order two courses and enjoy your night out at Seasons 52: The Grilled Shrimp and Avocado is full of protein and healthy fat, while the Steak Salad gives you all the greens you need, along with an olive oil-based dressing.

Grilled Shrimp and Avocado: 220 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 720 mg sodium, 7g carbs, 4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 22g protein

Steak Salad: 580 calories, 41 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 1010 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 39g protein

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Chipotle
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The Keto Salad Bowl option at Chipotle is basically a keto dieter's dream. It's got a lettuce base, with carnitas, tomatillo and red chili salsa, Monterey jack cheese and guacamole—a.k.a., the perfect meal if you're on the keto diet. With all of that, who even needs those tortillas?

Keto Salad Bowl: 590 calories, 42 g total fat (15.5g saturated fat), 1515 mg sodium, 15 carbs, 8g fiber, 2g sugar, 32g protein

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Subway
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Subway

Two salads, the Steak & Cheese and the Chicken & Bacon Ranch, have only 11 net carbs each, which come mostly from veggies. Keep in mind though: picking a dressing that's loaded in sugar might kick you out of ketosis.

Steak & Cheese: 370 calories, 9 total fat (4g saturated fat), 820 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 4g fiber, 8g sugar, 19g protein

Chicken & Bacon Ranch: 430 calories, 32 total fat (11g saturated fat), 1000 mg sodium, 15g carbs, 4g fiber, 7g sugar, 27g protein

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Red Robin
Red Robin

The Classic Wedge Salad and Sear-ious Salmon both fit the keto diet bill. While ordering the fish is sure to make you smile (I mean that name!), it isn't kidding around when it comes to keto: healthy-fat and protein-packed salmon with low-carb broccoli make for a keto dieter's dream.

Sear-ious Salmon: 450 calories, 36g total fat (6g saturated fat), 760 mg sodium, 7 g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugar, 34g protein

Classic Wedge Salad: 420 calories, 35g total fat (7g saturated fat), 700mg sodium, 14g carbs, 3g fiber, 7g sugar, 8g protein

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Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse

The Slow-Roasted Prime Rib will make all of your meaty dreams come true. Just be sure to skip a starchy side like mashed potatoes and go for a low carb option (read: salad or veggies) instead.

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib (8 oz): 700 calories, 57g total fat (26g saturated fat), 0g carbs, 1,160mg sodium, 0g fiber, <1g sugar, 46g protein

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Red Lobster
Red Lobster

Go with the Filet Mignon or a half-portion of the Salmon New Orleans and choose two non-starchy vegetables (like steamed broccoli) as a side.

Filet Mignon: 420 calories, 22g total fat (11g saturated fat), 1,170 mg sodium, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 31g protein

Broccoli: 40 calories, 0g fat, 220mg sodium, 8g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 3g protein

Salmon New Orleans (half-portion): 570 calories, 37g total fat (8g saturated fat), 1,060mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 45g protein

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Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill

Shout out to the folks at Bonefish Grill for making their menu easy for keto dieters. Simply scan for the "grilled fish section" and pick any dish in there, such as the Ahi Tuna Steak, Atlantic Salmon, and Chilean Sea Bass. And for a dose of healthy fats, add pesto or lemon butter. A non-seafood option: the Wagyu Beef Burger with avocado and without the bun.

Ahi Tuna Steak: 220 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated fat), 160mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 46g protein

Atlantic Salmon (small): 300 calories, 18g total fat (3.5g saturated fat), 160mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 35g protein

Chilean Sea Bass (small): 340 calories, 28g total fat (6g saturated fat), 105mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 21g protein

Herb Pesto: 130 calories, 14g total fat (2g saturated fat), 230mg sodium, 1g carbs, <1g fiber, 0g sugar, <1g protein

Lemon Butter: 140 calories, 16g total fat (10g saturated fat), 35mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 0g protein

Wagyu Beef Burger (half pound, with bun): 1,080 calories, 75g total fat (27g saturated fat), 1,470mg sodium, 54g carbs, 4g fiber, 14g sugar, 48g protein

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Carrabba's Italian Grill
Carrabba's

Yup, you read that right: Italian Grill. Sure, the menu's chock-full of carby creations (think: pasta and pizza and bread oh my!), but options like The Pollo Rosa Maria and Tuscan Grilled Filet make sticking to keto a no-brainer.

Polla Rosa Maria: 620 calories, 37g total fat (19g saturated fat), 1,440mg sodium, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugar, 65g protein

Tuscan Grilled Filet (7 oz): 590 calories, 44g total fat (17g saturated fat), 620mg sodium, <1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 47g protein

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Bahama Breeze Island Grille
Bahama Breeze Island Grille

Everything's better on island time, including the keto diet. Treat yourself to this restaurant's tropical vibes while keeping with keto thanks to options like the Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad, which boasts protein from eggs and chicken breast and fats from bacon and avocados. Another a good choice? The BBQ Bacon and Cheese Burger minus the bun.

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad: 670 calories, 42g total fat (14g saturated fat), 1,130mg sodium, 14g carbs, 8g fiber, 5g sugar, 61g protein

BBQ Bacon and Cheese Burger (with bun): 1,160 calories, 69g total fat (27g saturated fat), 2,210mg sodium, 70g carbs, 6g fiber, 24g sugar, 62g protein

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Olive Garden
Olive Garden

While endless breadsticks sure do sound delish, you definitely don't need 'em when there are other savory selections on the menu. Your best bets: The Chicken Piccata or Herb-Grilled Salmon with Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini.

Chicken Piccata (lunch portion): 350 calories, 21g total fat (9g saturated fat), 1,230mg sodium, 11g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 33g protein

Herb-Grilled Salmon: 460 calories, 28g total fat (8g saturated fat), 570mg sodium, 8g carbs, 4g fiber, 3g sugar, 43g protein

Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini: 90 calories, 7g total fat (2g saturated fat), 190mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugar, 4g protein

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The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory

Save yourself the headache of flipping through the practically endless menu and go straight to the Skinnylicious section. That's where you'll find the keto-approved Skinnylicious Grilled Salmon. Ordering at The Cheesecake Factory has never, ever been so easy.

Skinnylicious Grilled Salmon: 590 calories, 8g saturated fat, 634mg sodium, 16g carbs

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The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille

Look no further than the Double-Cut Lamb Rib Chops as a great dish for dinner. The beauty of this order is in its simplicity: just a plate full of lightly seasoned red meat that wins points for being packed with protein and low in carbs.

Double-Cut Lamb Rib Chops: 760 calories, 35g total fat (16g saturated fat), 350mg sodium, 34g carbs, <1g fiber, 29g sugar, 76g protein

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Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel

Go for the Grilled Sirloin Steak or Lemon Pepper Grilled Rainbow Trout, and make sure to add a side of coleslaw or cottage cheese.

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LongHorn Steakhouse
Longhorn Steakhouse

When it comes to dining out on keto, a steakhouse is always a safe bet. Snag the 7-Pepper Sirloin Salad or LongHorn Chili Bowl—both of which come without any carby add-ons so you won't even be tempted to try juuuuust a bite. (Hey, everyone's been there.)

7-Pepper Sirloin Salad: 490 calories, 26g total fat (12g saturated fat), 1,120mg sodium, 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 5g sugar, 45g protein

LongHorn Chili Bowl: 380 calories, 20g total fat (8g saturated fat), 1,400mg sodium, 15g carbs, 6g fiber, 3g sugar, 26g protein

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Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse

Another steakhouse for the win. But you don't just want to order any slab of meat and call it a day. Instead, go for options known to be keto-approved like the Grilled Salmon Salad (sans-croutons, folks!) or a half slab of Killer Ribs with a side of Sautéed Mushrooms and whipped butter. Gosh, you gotta love a diet that recommends eating butter.

Grilled Salmon Salad: 800 calories, 53g total fat (22g saturated fat), 1,270mg sodium, 18g carbs, 7g fiber, 7g sugar, 66g protein

Killer Ribs: 900 calories, 63g total fat (25g saturated fat), 1,400mg sodium, 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 6g sugar, 72g protein

Sautéed Mushrooms: 60 calories, 5g total fat (1.5g saturated fat), 250mg sodium, 3g carbs, <1g fiber, 1g sugar, 2g protein

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Applebee's
Applebee's

So. Many. Options. Here. Choose the Shrimp 'n Parmesan Sirloin and score a dish stacked (literally) with the solid keto proteins of shrimp, cheese, and steak. Or go for the Broccoli Cheese Soup with a side of Steamed Broccoli for a standout keto meal.

Shrimp 'n Parmesan Sirloin: 620 calories, 42g total fat (23g saturated fat), 2,570mg sodium, 7g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugar, 57g protein

Chicken Tortilla Soup: 160 calories, 7g total fat (1.5g saturated fat), 830mg sodium, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugar, 7g protein

Steamed Broccoli: 90 calories, 8g total fat (4.5g saturated fat), 260mg sodium, 6g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 3g protein

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TGI Friday's Restaurant & Bar
TGI-Friday's

While you might have to skip out on the restaurant's famous array of apps, you can still join in on the burger-ordering bonanza. Simply scout out the "green-style burgers" section on the menu and order the green-style Bacon Cheeseburger to score a patty with lettuce instead of a bun. Still not enough greens for you? Then opt for the Million Dollar Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken.

Million Dollar Cobb Salad (lunch): 480 calories, 32g total fat (11g saturated fat), 1,210mg sodium, 16g carbs, 6g fiber, 4g sugar, 35g protein.

Bacon Cheeseburger (with bun): 580 calories, 43g total fat (17g saturated fat), 2,540mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g sugar, 35g protein.

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Chili's
Chili's

Good news, folks: You can totally still get Chili's ribs on the keto diet. Keep it to a half-rack here of the House BBQ ribs.

If you're not into ribs, you can also choose two items for a Smokehouse Combo (like Jalapeno-Cheddar Smoked Sausage and Smoked Brisket)—just nix the fries and corn that come with it (and ask for extra Garlic Dill Pickles).

House BBQ Ribs - Half Rack: 720 calories, 53g total fat (20g saturated fat), 1090mg sodium, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 9g sugar, 49g protein.

Smokehouse Combo with Jalapeno-Cheddar Smoked Sausage, Smoked Brisket, and Garlic Dill Pickles: 695 calories, 51g total fat (21g saturated fat), 2510mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 5g sugar, 50g protein.

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Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday

Honestly, anything with a cream sauce is prime keto-eating—and there are more than a few options at this keto fast food spot, like the New Orleans Seafood and Asiago Bacon Chicken.

New Orleans Seafood: 347 calories, 14g total fat (5g saturated fat), 1760mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 44g protein.

Asiago Bacon Chicken: 479 calories, 27g total fat (7g saturated fat), 2387mg sodium, 9g carbs, 4g fiber, 2g sugar, 42g protein.

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Jersey Mike's Subs

Sure, Jersey Mike’s is technically a sub shop, but it gives you the option to still enjoy a sub while on keto—sub in a tub. It's exactly what it sounds like: Just pick out a sub and have it in a bowl, sans bread. The protein-packed Roast Beef and Provolone Sub over a bed of shredded lettuce makes for a well-rounded keto meal, lunch or dinner.

Roast Beef and Provolone Sub in a Tub: 590 calories, 43 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 440 mg sodium, 7.5 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 45 g protein

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Panera Bread

Panera is well known for their huge selection of soups and salads, but did you know that a lot of them are keto-friendly? While generous, their complimentary side of bread has no place in a keto diet, so be sure to skip that. One solid (and tasty) option is the Caesar Salad with Chicken without croutons.

Caesar Salad with Chicken: 440 calories, 27 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 950 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (much less without croutons), 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 32 g protein

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Panda Express

Fried food is not the only thing on the menu of Panda Express. This chain actually has a slew of non-crispy entrees with low-sugar flavorings, like its Broccoli Beef, which is marinated sliced beef cooked with fresh broccoli florets in a mild ginger soy sauce.

Broccoli Beef: 150 calories, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 520 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 9 g protein

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Waffle House

Yes, you can get something other than carbs at a restaurant dedicated to waffles. The breakfast menu is where you want to look. It has options that are high in fat and low in carbs, including the super filling T-Bone & Eggs (just ask them to hold the toast and hash browns or grits). This meal is so hearty you can split it with a friend and still leave feeling satisfied.

T-Bone & Eggs: 1,230 calories, 73 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 1,835 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 139 g protein

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Five Guys

Who says you can't go to a burger joint if you're on keto? At Five Guys, you order your burger in a bowl or lettuce wrap. That means you don’t have to toss a perfectly good bun in the trash if you want to indulge in a patty (buh-bye, food waste). Try their Bacon Burger with a Lettuce Wrap for maximum flavor and keto flair. Want something crunchy to go with that? Get a side of peanuts.

Bacon Burger with a Lettuce Wrap: 382 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 22 g protein

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