Favorite Places to Eat Nutrition Information

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-10-01 13:34:17 -0500
Started 2014-09-23 11:16:54 -0500

I have started looking up more of the restaurant foods before I go out to eat. (I have gotten very lazy of late and have been eating out way more than cooking) These are good guides to follow and I thought I would share a few with you. You can always look up your favorite restaurant and make your choices better.

Wendy's: https://www.wendys.com/redesign/wendys/pdf/en...
Beef O'Bradys: http://www.beefobradys.com/nutrition-info.aspx
Outback Steak House: http://outback.blob.core.windows.net/assets/O...
Zaxby's : http://www.zaxbys.com/menu_nutrition/nutritio...
Olive Garden: http://media.olivegarden.com/en_us/pdf/olive_...
Red Lobster: http://www.healthydiningfinder.com/restaurant...
Steak 'n' Shake: http://www.steaknshake.com/data/nutritional-f...

There is usually some kind of information that you can locate and plan ahead. What you do when you get there is up to you, but at least you have some nice tools to work with. It's harder to find for mom and pop places, but you can make smart choices there as well.

40 replies

Fairlawngirl 2014-09-28 22:37:05 -0500 Report

I have not used the restaurant specific sites. However, I do use the info from the carbohydrate counter book. I find that it helps to some degree. But, major problems occur with breads-tatos. They often claim a much lower amount of carbs in those foods.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-09-25 21:16:10 -0500 Report

HI Gabby,

Thanks for passing this on. I had no idea this was available. In New York City, chain restaurants are required to post calorie counts. I walked in to Starbuck's one afternoon, around Christmas, thinking about how much I deserved a peppermint hot chocoloate, in spite of the hypoglycemic reaction I knew would follow. But when I was looking at the price I also noticed the amount of calories I would be consuming. So I ended up with a black coffee, minus the low blood sugar, and plus a moment of self-righteousness.

It is pretty amazing to see what's in these healthy salads at some of these restaurants, including quite a few calories.


JoleneAL 2014-10-01 13:33:22 -0500 Report

I believe calorie counts have to be put on all menus now by law due to Obama. Since I watch carbs, it does me no good at all really. I use restaurant specific apps on my phone, or their websites.

GabbyPA 2014-09-26 08:33:03 -0500 Report

Yeah, salads are the fake health food. I don't know what goes in there to aquire so many calories and sometimes even carbs. You have to choose wisely and sometimes these lists are just enough to make you make a better choice. It's easy to choose poorly when you don't know. Once you have that knowledge, it's harder.

JoleneAL 2014-10-01 13:34:17 -0500 Report

I hate lettuce. So I make a raw veggie only mixture and toss with some no-sugar Italian dressing and stick it in the fridge to munch on. Also, don't pour your dressing on your salads, dip.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-09-27 21:11:02 -0500 Report

Well said. Yes, no excuse when it is clearly spelled out. I have started checking the bottles on salad dressings. Between the sugar and the calories, the bragging rights of eating salads may be greatly diminished.

FiberAll 2014-09-26 17:49:57 -0500 Report

I believe that many think all carbs and starch since many think they are ALWAYS the same, and although I get the no fiber rice in my senior meals which is NOT filling, I love the higher fiber rice which fills me up and I don't need to eat nearly as much food. I wish more people realized what you said since it's not easy to afford the healthy, but I saw a special on Chobani which is yummo and is healthier than other Yogurt. I am nearly out of time for the library so I have to end it here.

Glucerna 2014-09-26 16:48:26 -0500 Report

Many of the restaurants have additional nutrition information on their website. For example, on the McDonald's site I clicked on the crispy chicken premium bacon ranch salad, and it gives the option of clicking on different types of salad dressings, or unclicking different ingredients to see the changes in the calories, carbs, fat, etc. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jNaZr 2014-09-24 09:19:00 -0500 Report

I'm in Louisiana and the sweet tea issue is huge. The funny thing is that places rarely run out of unsweet.

tabby9146 2014-09-24 11:20:36 -0500 Report

I love it!! where I am it is huge too and I used to drink it every day but of course, can't now. however, I have learned to be satisfied with unsweet not totally but I have it sometimes. I used to drink splenda tea at times, it was good, but I worry about the safety of it. I have a friend from Thailand who introduced me to Thai tea, it is not sweet but it is good!! I like the taste of it.

Type1Lou 2014-09-24 07:21:30 -0500 Report

Just a heads-up. Are you aware that Subway will make a salad out of their sub ingredients for you?…you just eliminate the bread and most of the carbs!

Buttercupoil 2014-09-24 05:27:32 -0500 Report

I noticed that the delicious salads at Wendy's have 4 & 500 sodium contents and that's terrible. I love them but wasn't aware that the sodium is sooo high!!

Michael_1960 2014-09-23 20:58:03 -0500 Report

Thanks, I try not to eat at those places, but Arby's for the roast beefs.

rolly123 2014-09-23 19:39:43 -0500 Report

Jamie its spp called fast food u get free one i have iphone and go for free and that was in i love it

Glucerna 2014-09-23 19:18:23 -0500 Report

fastfoodnutrition.org has nutrition information for a bunch of different fast food restaurants, and it's easy to compare nutrition information between different foods. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Jamie Emma
Jamie Emma 2014-09-23 19:10:19 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. While we don't eat out much except for Italian, I'll tuck this away and using it for hinting!

GabbyPA 2014-09-24 05:50:40 -0500 Report

I avoid Italian restaurants. I can't be around all the yummy dishes and order a salad. It's a good thing my husband doesn't care for Italian food. It used to be on my menu several times a week pre diagnosis.

Type1Lou 2014-09-24 07:20:03 -0500 Report

Last Friday, a group of us went to dinner at Guido's Restaurant…I usually order the antipasto plate for my meal but their fish of the day was baked halibut, so I had that with veggies instead of the pasta or fries. Still low-carb for me. Others had the pizza but I choose to avoid pizza now.

haoleboy 2014-09-23 18:21:28 -0500 Report

in California restaurants are required to provide nutritional info for all menu items. One of the few "nanny laws" that I actually agree with. but I always go online first to see what my choices are going to be (not that we eat out very often)

Type1Lou 2014-09-23 17:58:44 -0500 Report

The availability of this info is what might finally get me to get a smart phone! I have looked up nutritional info on my home computer in the past for Chiles, Friday's, Ruby Tuesday's, and Carraba's so that I make low-carb meal choices. Some of the munu item's carb values are astronomical!

GabbyPA 2014-09-24 05:45:49 -0500 Report

That is so true. You have to wonder sometimes what is in there that does it. Often it can be a sauce or condiment that you could do without. Some of the lists include separate items so you can choose that way. It's very helpful.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-09-23 12:46:59 -0500 Report

Back in April I went to an Outback Steakhouse restaurant. At nearly 2000 Calories, there was no "Bloomin' Onion" for me. They were accommodating to give me double the veggies instead of a potato. Also had a green salad with oil and vinegar that I could add instead of "ranch" style dressing. I find that if you explain that you are diabetic, many restaurants will allow you to "sub" with healthier options.

Also I always ask if their "iced tea" is already sugared or plain. I have gotten used to not imbibing sweet drinks and don't use sugar (or artificial sweeteners) in coffee or tea.

debcox 2014-09-24 00:39:50 -0500 Report

Yes, I know what you mean, Chuck. I went to an OB the other night and did really well up until the dessert. I haven't ordered one for awhile so I got their brownie dessert. I shared the ice cream/whipped cream with my hubby and took the brownie back to our hotel. After looking it up, I found out that the dessert was 143 carbs!!! Needless to say, I did not eat it. I flew the dessert home with me (from Florida to Arizona) and my grandsons ate it :-) I actually would not have ordered dessert but my hubby and I were stressed about going through a toll booth in Florida without paying. Actually, we paid but did not have any coins so we threw in a dollar bill which did not register. There was no one in the booth so were we supposed to do? Anyway, we put the money in and drove through and this dang buzzer started going off. It was very nerve wracking. We were worried that the police would come after us or we'd be traced through our car rental. At the next booth that was manned, we explained what happened and the guy said we could pay there but we said we threw in a dollar so he told us not to worry about it. Anyway, that's why we ordered the dessert.

littleladyliza 2014-09-24 19:32:43 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your stressful tollbooth encounter, but good thing you didn't get in any trouble!! I know people get some serious tickets from "running" the booths!

Jamie Emma
Jamie Emma 2014-09-23 19:26:46 -0500 Report

Be careful about your iced tea in the South! It is almost always sweet as opposed to unsweet. How interesting - this software is telling me that unsweet isn't a word. Maybe because I'm on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the iced tea companies have added a special spelling to all Southern correspondence. Wild!!

GabbyPA 2014-09-24 05:49:03 -0500 Report

LOL, that is funny. My spell check doesn't like unsweet either. Really, and twerking is a word? Anyway, I have to enunciate to order UNsweet tea, because they often just hear the sweet part.

rolly123 2014-09-23 12:35:05 -0500 Report

Gabby i have app that has restutant tells cal carb fat it has ten resturant that popular love it some day if going eat i look it up and dont have it!