Going Keto doesn’t have to mean going incognito. There many fine dining options you can try in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Learn how to balance your Keto diet with your social life at some of these amazing restaurants.
Start by having a few favorites so you can always find something delicious on the menu. And don’t be shy about customizing your order. Most restaurants will gladly substitute veggies for a non Keto friendly starch or carb. You can still even have a cocktail if you stick with distilled liquors like vodka, rum, bourbon, or gin. Below are several types of restaurants and Orange County favorites that are known to serve up tasty Keto Meals.
These restaurants usually have a very diverse menu and finding suitable options is easy. Fantastic choices are Cobb, Chef, or Caesar salads. You can also try the bunless hamburgers or sandwiches. As always, ask for non-starchy vegetables instead of fries or other potato sides. Other good selections include any type of roasted meat, chicken, or fish, or a platter of egg, tuna, or chicken salad on beds of lettuce.
Brew Kitchen Ale House in Los Alamitos has a burger that is a mix of freshly ground chuck and brisket. The best of the bunch is the Sancho, which is topped with a couple of roasted jalapeños, caramelized onions, bacon, avocado and ancho-chili mayo.
Juliette Kitchen + Bar of Newport Beach offers a well-cultivated menu. The Juliette burger features tomato jam, grilled balsamic onion, aged cheddar, pancetta, little gem lettuce, radicchio, and mustard aioli.
Fajitas are perfect for Keto! Grilled meat, peppers and onions! It doesn’t get much better than that. Just ask the server not to bring the tortillas and ask for extra vegetables instead of rice and beans. You can enjoy sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and salsa as condiments. Make sure the salsa is mostly tomatoes, onions, and chilies, and isn’t one of those corn, mango, and black bean versions that packs a bigger carb punch. Ask for lettuce leaves to make a wrap and you are all set. You’ll find some of the best Mexican food at Javier’s in Newport Beach, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, and Century City.
Middle Eastern, Greek, and Mediterranean cuisines are famous for grilled meat specialties. Take advantage of that, as well as marinated feta cheese, olives, seared halloumi cheese, and tzatziki or other yogurt sauces. Avoid hummus, stuffed grape leaves which usually contain rice and anything else with beans or high starch.
Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, the legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment. There are several locations in Orange County including Tustin, Anaheim, Newport Coast, and Irvine.
Customize your salad to make it super Keto! Stick with lettuce, spinach, and other greens. Great additions are chopped hard-boiled egg, bacon, cheese, avocado, ham, turkey, chicken, steak, salmon, olives, cucumbers, sliced peppers, radishes, and other non-starchy vegetables. Use oil & vinegar or a high-fat dressing, such as ranch or blue cheese.
For a fantastic Cobb Salad, visit Greenleaf Chopshop in Costa Mesa, USC Village, Venice, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, and Century City. Greenleaf Chopshop is committed to using the finest and freshest local ingredients.
Stick with eggs, bacon, ham, and sausage. Western omelets are a great option (eggs, ham, onion, peppers), as are any type of omelets that contain eggs, meat, cheese, and/or low-starch veggies (peppers, spinach, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, greens).
Try the Dungeness Crab Omelette at Plums Cafe + Catering in Costa Mesa. Plums Cafe + Catering features modernized American classics. Notable and popular delights include the Campfire Rainbow Trout, Dutch Baby and our thick-cut Oregon Pepper Bacon.
For a made to order omelette, visit Las Brisas Restaurant in Laguna Beach. Their Omelette station features apple stuffed chicken sausage, jalapeño cured bacon, chorizo, oaxaca cheese, baby spinach, rocket arugula, fresh tomatoes, champignon mushrooms and peppers.
There are no shortage of fine dining options in Orange and Los Angeles Counties even if you are eating a Keto diet. If you love reading about California eating trends, you may enjoy this article on California cuisine.