In this week’s What’s Sugar Free and Keto Friendly at Restaurants, we will be looking at one of the tastier seafood restaurants around, Bonefish Grill. Fun fact: Bonefish Grill was the first place I ever ate cedar plank salmon and discovered I didn’t like cedar plank salmon. I mean it makes the fish taste like a plank of cedar! Why is that a good thing?
So let’s go over the rules. This is based on the available data the restaurant has online so it may not be totally accurate and most of the sauces and dressings probably have PUFAs so if you are avoiding that, (and you should be) get your meals without sauces and the salads without dressings. A good alternative for the salads is lemon wedges squeezed over and salt.
We are continuing our look at What is Sugar Free and Keto Friendly at Restaurants (<- Click that if you want to see the full list!) with a look at Shake Shack. I ate there for the first time a few weeks ago and while it was a bit challenging to get something I could eat, I have to say that what I got was really good. (For the record it was 4 patties and cheddar cheese. I know you are probably thinking it is hard to mess up meat and cheese but go get that same meal at McDonalds and you can see how easy it is to make meat taste bland and a little sad.)
One thing I was a little excited to see was they serve their burgers on a potato bun so I was hoping that meant there was at least no gluten in their buns but alas, that is not so. When you look at their list of allergens, there is gluten in every bun so it must be a potato/wheat blend. They do have a gluten free bun but I’m sure it has sugar and is of course very carby.
A few things you need to know before we get into this. The website doesn’t do a great job of breaking down what is in each ingredient. For instance, one ingredient is “caramelized onions” but it doesn’t say what they are caramelized in. Butter? Vegetable Oil? A sugary sauce like Teriyaki? I have no idea.
Also the nutritional info on the hamburger patties says that each patty contains .5g of Trans fat. Is that naturally occurring in the meat or are they mixing some kind of trans fat into the meat to make it juicier. Again, I have no idea but I’m going to go ahead and include it on the list of things that are ok to eat.
Before we get to the list of What is Sugar Free and Keto Friendly at Shake Shack, here is a link to their site, here is the menu and here is the an Interactive Allergen Guide. As with most burger places, I am going to list the individual ingredients that are ok to eat and you will need to assemble your meal accordingly. Like I said at the beginning, I just ordered 2 double cheeseburgers with only mustard on the side and was pretty happy with it. One other note, if you want to actually pick up your burger and eat it instead of going at it with a knife and fork like a civilized person, every burger can be ordered as a lettuce wrap.
Ingredients to Assemble Your Meal at Shake Shack
Pork Cracklins (I am assuming these are fried in Veg Oil so be careful)
Smoked White Cheddar
Green Chile Mix (Again, not totally sure what’s in this but based on what I can see, it appears to be ok)
As with most of these lists, finding carb counts is one thing but PUFAs is next to impossible. I would assume everything is cooked in a vegetable oil of some kind and flavored with margarine so eat accordingly.
Without further ado, here is what is Sugar Free and Keto Friendly at Ruby Tuesday!
Fried Chicken Wings with Texas Spice Blend (2g of sugar)
Mild Buffalo Chicken Wings
Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings
Double Decker Chicken (13g of carbs but 10 of those come from the mushrooms)
Asiago Peppercorn Sirloin
Asiago Peppercorn Strip
New York Strip
Add 2 Shrimp Skewers
New Orleans Seafood
Caesar Salad (No Croutons)
Garden Salad (No Croutons)
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Our What’s Sugar Free at Restaurants series continues! This week we are looking at Applebee’s. Applebee’s is one of those restaurants that don’t do a very good job of telling us exactly what ingredients are in their food. They have a menu, and a Nutrition Information list that allows us to kind of guess at the items that either don’t have added sugar or have a limited amount.
Because of this, the list below is my best guess at the items with no added sugar. I looked at all the items on the nutritional info list with less than 5 grams of sugar, then just used past experience creating these lists to come up with what I think are the items that are ok to eat if you are avoiding sugar. However, just to be absolutely clear, I’m not 100% sure about anything on this list because Applebee’s hasn’t given us any of the information we need to be able to determine what we need to know. Having said all that, the items on this list are very low in sugar so I think it will be alright for out purposes. Please feel free to share this list with your friends!