Originally Posted by chershi
Been on the program for 10 days and lost 6 pounds. I need some great ideas for dining out. We go out on the weekends and am looking for both restaurant and best menu choices.
We go out quite often. I always take a small Tupperware container filled with my own dressing (olive oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, spices). My favorite places to go are:
Texas Roadhouse - 6 or 8 oz. top sirloin with steamed broccoli (I always ask for it to be prepared with no butter) and a salad with no croutons or dressing.
Red Robin - Simply grilled chicken salad or occasionally a burger protein style (which comes wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun)
Red Lobster - crab legs or grilled catch of the day, salad (no croutons or dressing) and steamed broccoli or asparagus
Carraba's - grilled chicken without grill baste, steamed broccoli and salad (no croutons or dressing)
Any mexican restaurant - steak and chicken fajitas w/lettuce cups instead of tortillas. I always ask them to not bring refried beans, cheese, rice or guacamole and ask instead if I can get a plate of shredded lettuce. Then I just add my dressing and have a side salad.
Whenever I go to any restaurant, I always ask exactly how its prepared. I'll usually ask if there's butter and if so ask for it be prepared without and maybe with olive oil instead. If I order, say, a cobb salad, I just tell them what I want in it or don't want in it. The other day I ordered a chopped salad without bacon, avocado, blue cheese or dressing. I was basically left with lettuce, grilled chicken and a hard boiled egg, which is exactly what I wanted. I have not found a restaurant that won't prepare your food just as you want it. I've had things served to me not as I requested but I just tell them it's not what I ordered and I can't eat this and they'll redo it right away. I'm always nice about it and I've never had a problem getting what I want.