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    While I know that restaurants aren't usually strictly Primal, I find it reassuring to know that there are options out there besides a fast food burger without the bun. While searching for this topic, I saw the Starbucks thread, but nothing similar, so I apologize if this is a retread- and if you could link me to the original compendium, I'd be grateful.

    Tonight for example, hubby and I went to The Cheesecake Factory. They have tons of Primal options as appetizers: ahi, a grilled artichoke. Tonight we splurged and split the spinach artichoke dip- (dubious and heavy on the cheese, but I only had a few bites). They provided veggies for me to dip with minimal fuss- I crunched them up plain and let my hubby eat the rest of the dip with chips. They're really good about substitutions, have an OK steak selection, and decent salads. They also serve breakfast 24-7, so there are a lot of Primal options, if you know where to look. Don't fall for the siren song of the "low carb cheesecake"- I tried it in a moment of weakness. Bleargh!

    We also like The Counter- It may be a Northern Cali thing, but I know it's a chain. It's a "build your own" burger place. Humanely raised, antibiotic free meat. You just check a little box if you want it in a bowl of organic salad fixin's instead of on a bun. They do have sweet potato fries, but I suspect they're batter-dipped.

    Outback Steakhouse is also good about subbing. They took pity on me when I said I couldn't eat any of their desserts, and made me a huge, ROCKIN' fruit plate for 5 bucks!
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    I was at Outback last night and had a lovely Primal meal. Ohh, I like the idea of lamenting over dessert. I'll have to try it next time I'm there!

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    • #3
      Primal was easy last night at Ruth's Chris. I had the biggest, bestest T-bone steak + asparagus. They had a dessert of fresh berries and cream that would have been acceptable if I felt like it...though I'm sure the cream would have some added sugar.
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      • #4
        Pretty much any Steakhouse is pretty easy to manage. If you get stuck at a place like Applebee's, Chili's, or Ruby Tuesday, there's always a reasonable selection of meat dishes that you can just switch out the sides for veggies (I'm forced to go to a lot of these with family members). As long as you're not too concerned about what oils they're using to cook it all. I choose not to even ask. =P

        For a quick meal, the big burrito chains (Chipotle, Moe's Southwest Grill, maybe Qdoba) have a wide variety of ingredients that you can have them put into a salad. Moe's is one of the few chain restaurants I actually go to by choice. =]
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        • #5
          +1 on Chipotle. The fajita bowl with double steak, peppers, onions, hot salsa, tomatoes, (cheese, sometimes), guac, and lettuce can't be beat for $10.

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            Jason's Deli prides itself on a totally organic salad bar. I haven't eaten anything else there, so I don't know about their meat quality.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
              Primal was easy last night at Ruth's Chris. I had the biggest, bestest T-bone steak + asparagus. They had a dessert of fresh berries and cream that would have been acceptable if I felt like it...though I'm sure the cream would have some added sugar.
              I did this last weekend- and you're right, the cream is more like custard. Delicious, but has quite a bit of added sugar. I bet they would sub if you asked them, however!
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              • #8
                Any Chinese food ideas? That's one thing I am missing. I mean, I can throw together my own stir-fry, and avoid rice, but aside from sauteed veggies, I am a bit suspicious of Chinese restaurant fare.
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                • #9
                  I went and ate Thai last night (coconut soup and chicken with veggies in garlic sauce) and feel like crap today.

                  Steakhouses are indeed, good bets.

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                  • #10
                    Watch out for Soy Sauce at chinese restaurants and some Thai stir-frys- it has wheat in it! not to mention hideous amounts of salt and MSG! You can buy wheat-free Tamari to use at home or if you like sashimi you can bring it with you to sushi places.
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                    • #11
                      Agree on Chipotle. Can also have a salad. If you have a fajita burrito bowl opt out of the rice! Going there today as a matter of fact
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                      • #12
                        I find that you can go to any good steak or seafood place and be 90% primaL. I have gone out three or four times since I started and it has not been a problem for me.
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                        • #13
                          I'd be careful at Applebee's etc... I've heard some of the marinades for their meats contain sugar.

                          I second The Counter (there's at least one in LA). French restaurants are also good for high-fat sauces that aren't loaded with sugar, just ditch the rice (or other obligatory lump-o-starch) and you're good to go.

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                          • #14
                            I'd be careful at Applebee's etc... I've heard some of the marinades for their meats contain sugar.
                            It's even worse than that. It's not just the marinated meats. Some/most chains use sugar to impart/highlight grill marks. I fell off my chair after eating a "rib eye" at a chain that tasted way too good. I checked the carb count online and found it had something like 30 carbs in it. I later found out the sugar trick.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Primal Diva View Post
                              Any Chinese food ideas? That's one thing I am missing. I mean, I can throw together my own stir-fry, and avoid rice, but aside from sauteed veggies, I am a bit suspicious of Chinese restaurant fare.
                              We have a chinese buffet here that does mongolian stir fry. You put raw food on a plate, they cook it on a big slab of hot metal. It's fantastic! If I'm doing "take out" I just order their "steamed" whatever- usually shrimp and veggies, and put my own wheat-free tamari sauce on it.

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