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10 Fast-Casual Chains to Watch Out for in 2017

10 Fast-Casual Chains to Watch Out for in 2017

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10 Fast-Casual Chains to Watch Out for in 2017

The “fast-casual” industry — think of places like Chipotle or Panera — is booming. According to Technavio, the market for fast-casual fare is expected to hit $66.87 billion by 2020, and there are dozens (if not hundreds) of fast-casual concepts that have opened in recent years that are going to be competing for their share of the pie, some as offshoots of major fast food chains and some from big-name fine dining chefs. Though some are bound to fail, these 10 chains are on a path to major success, and you should definitely be on the lookout for them in your neck of the woods.

&pizza

Washington, D.C.-based &pizza uses organic dough and sources ingredients as locally as possible. Guests can graft their own pizza with unique components like ancient grains crust, mushroom truffle sauce, vegan “mozzarella” or “beef,” and spicy chick peas. There were 13 locations in 2015, and currently there are 20 locations in D.C., Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania, with one opening soon in New York City.

Blaze Pizza

Co-founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (of Wetzel’s Pretzels fame), the Pasadena, California-based Blaze is standing apart from the pack by making pizza assembly-line-style (similar to Chipotle) and cooking pizzas in three minutes. In 2004, the company expanded from 10 to 50 locations; 100 were open by the end of 2005, and there are currently more than 175 locations across the U.S. with a few in Canada. The brand counts Maria Shriver and LeBron James as investors.

BurgerFi

South Florida-based BurgerFi has crowds flocking to its hormone- and antibiotic-free burgers, which are customizable with 12 toppings (even fries and onion rings can have up to six toppings). The chain reported $100 million in sales in 2015 (a 69-percent increase from 2014). It’s rapidly expanding, with about 100 locations (including several international locations).

Freshii

As the name might imply, Freshii is all about build-your-own fresh salads, sandwiches, and bowls with plenty of seasonal menu items to keep things interesting. This Canadian chain was founded in 2005, and there are currently more than 100 locations around the world, with plenty of American outposts in the works.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Hopdoddy launched in 2010, and sets itself apart from the pack by serving a wide variety of burgers made from humanely raised cows with fresh ground beef, house-made buns, table service after you place your order at the counter, and a full bar. There are currently 15 locations (most in or around its home base of Austin) with more in the works.

Jersey Mike’s

New Jersey-based Jersey Mike’s is (pardon the pun) on a roll. For the past three years it’s been named America’s fastest-growing restaurant chain by Nation’s Restaurant News, exploding from 700 locations in 2013 to more than 1,500 today. Specializing in big, customizable hot and cold subs and wraps with meat and cheese sliced to order, this chain is one you’ll definitely be hearing more about soon if you haven’t already.

MOD Pizza

House-made sauce, organic dough, hand-spun shakes, and unlimited complimentary toppings all contributed to Seattle-based MOD Pizza growing massively over the past couple years, from 92 units in 2015 to more than 170 in 2017. A $32 million investment from Perella Weinberg Partners didn’t hurt, either. There are currently locations in 21 states and the UK.

PDQ

PDQ stands for “People Dedicated to Quality,” and the six-year-old Tampa-based chain is betting big on chicken tenders, with the gamble appearing to pay off. PDQ’s menu focuses on chicken tenders, nuggets, sandwiches, and salads, but they’re doing things a little bit differently than your usual fast-casual chain. The chicken is 100-percent natural, never frozen, and contains no added hormones or steroids; tenders are hand-breaded in-house; the 11 sauces and dressings are made from scratch every day; salads are made to order; shakes are hand-spun to order; and cookies are fresh-baked in house daily. Even though there are currently only 55 locations in seven states, by the end of 2017, the plan is to open 22 more units in five new markets and to open a hundredth location in 2018.

Sweetgreen

One of the hottest fast-casual chains out there today (especially among millennials) lets you choose from a wide selection of pre-designed salads and bowls, or you can customize your own from a staggering variety of healthy, organic, locally sourced sustainable ingredients from vetted reputable farmers and providers. D.C.-based Sweetgreen has grown from seven locations to more than 40 in recent years, and it’s not afraid to push the envelope — it recently announced that it would be moving to an entirely cashless payment system by March 2017.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.


The 30 Best Restaurants For Dining Out On Keto, According To Nutritionists

Let's face it folks: When you're following any specific diet&mdashfrom Atkins to paleo and all those in between&mdashdining out can be daunting. Instead of enjoying the ease of not having a DIY dinner, you're busy worrying if there's anything you can order, potentially requesting substitutions, and facing all those temptations you've so skillfully avoided while cooking keto recipes at home. And this is especially true when you're following keto, a diet that's known for its strict-and-structured eating plan that's high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

No matter what kind of keto diet you're following, watching your tablemates binge the bread basket can be tough&hellipbut learning how to order keto-friendly dishes definitely doesn't have to be. In fact, it's not even that tricky&mdashyou just have to be a little more creative, says Leslie Bonci, RDN, owner of Active Eating Advice.

Here are the 30 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.

A few things to avoid right off the bat when you're dining out: Skip a dish if it says &ldquobreaded&rdquo or &ldquocoated&rdquo (hi, carbs!) and ditch bowls with noodles or rice as the base, Bonci says. And you&rsquore always better off avoiding &ldquoglazed&rdquo 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, Rissetto 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&mdashyou 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, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "So if avocado is an ingredient on a burger but you&rsquore 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.

Even easier? Referring to the list ahead of the best dining-out options&mdashall of which have been reviewed by experts such as Gorin.