Restaurant Review: MIC

Weekly restaurant trips are fun, but when you plan on going to one place and then end up in another part of the city and don’t want to have to backtrack you gotta find a new place you hadn’t thought of before. That’s how we ended up at MIC.

The waitress was really great and even though she clearly didn’t understand what a carb was she did her best to recommend stuff to us. We both wanted get the rotisserie chicken but they were out (it was 5 pm) and their hollandaise sauce had flour in it for some reason, so the mushrooms we wanted as an appetizer was out.

We ended up going with spinach and artichoke dip with a side of celery (let that be a lesson to Montana’s who always gives us such a hard time over this substitution), a Montreal Smoked Meat bun-less sandwich and a chicken bun-less sandwich.

2016-05-06 17.39.00 IMG_20160506_175809

The dip was pretty good, a little less warm than I normally like my food to be, but I was pretty hungry and gobbled it down anyway. My chicken sandwich was gross, the salad was fine and Dave’s smoked meat was actually decent, but again, nothing was hot enough.

Would I eat here again? I might pop in to get the spinach dip with celery another time if I wasn’t hungry enough for a whole meal. But likely won’t be back any time soon. It felt a little bit like a wasted Date Night meal, to be honest, but they can’t all be winners, I guess.


Restaurant Review: Bella Vita Cucina

Had a work dinner earlier this week. It’s great when other people pick restaurants because it’s a good reminder of how almost every restaurant will accommodate keto if you ask them to and that it isn’t always necessary to look up menu’s before hand.

We had a smaller menu at Bella Vita Cucina because the group was large, but I found an appetizer and entree that worked. I started with a caprese salad, always a great keto option, and got the veal scallopini with mushroom cream sauce which I asked them not flour. Don’t be afraid to ask for changes, you’re paying for the meal and the worst that can happen is they say no and you pick something else to eat. The veggies on the side came with carrots so I left them on the plate. I added parm cheese over everything, for a little extra fat.

caprese salad 2016-04-14 18.20.06

I would definitely eat here again while keto-ing, as I’m sure their full menu has more options to choose from.

Restaurant Review: P&M Kouzzina

On Friday night date night Dave and I try to go to different places every week. We’d been to P&M Kouzzina’s BK (before Keto) and knew that at the very least they’d have steak for us to get. We were pretty surprised at how many options the restaurant had for us.

For a starter we had grilled calamari and for mains Dave got bacon wrapped steak with shrimp, broccoli, mushrooms and caesar salad and I got chicken diavolo with a side of turnip fries. In the year that we’ve been eating at restaurants while doing keto we’ve gotten pretty good at asking for nutritional information and substituting when necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask for something else, kitchens are usually really accommodating!

IMG_20160408_172117 IMG_20160408_172134

Restaurant Review: Montana’s Steakhouse

Dave and I went to Montana’s for the first time since we started Keto, figuring if they had nothing for us we could always just politely leave. After taking a look at the menu it was apparent there were many, many things that couldn’t be sub’ed out to make them Keto friendly, but they had a variety of steak to choose from so we decided to stay.

Our waitress was great, she wasn’t weirded out when I requested the nutritional menu (which, be warned, is comically large) and then poured over it for 10 minutes. She asked what kind of dietary concerns we had and then asked a few questions about Keto.

We couldn’t get any appetizers, sadly. The 4-cheese spinach dip would have fit into our macros for the day but we couldn’t get them to serve it to us with veggies instead of pita. I would have been thrilled if they could have made me nachos with green peppers as the chips, but alas, not every restaurant is capable of stuff like that.

We both ended up getting the peppercorn sirloin with caesar salad (no croutons) and a side of coleslaw. The peppercorn sauce is really good and surprisingly so is the caesar salad dressing. The coleslaw is mayo based, which is great for fat content, and even though it contained 5 net carbs per serving the rest of the meal had practically none. Keeping dinner under 10 carbs while eating out works for us. You can’t always stay home to cook, so knowing there are options for eating out is great.

Our meals came with onion strings, which we didn’t eat, and next time will just ask not to be included. I also had chipotle dip, but the peppercorn sauce was flavourful enough that I didn’t end up using much of it.

So, we will go back to Montana’s for steak again, and I’ll keep pushing for veggies with those apps!

Update: you can now order their Spinach Dip with a side of Cracklin’ instead of pita!!!!

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 9.08.09 AM