"Itís amazing what you donít get when you donít ask."
- Berney Neufeld
During the last several months, I've had occasion to have more lunches (and a few dinners) with several other low carbers I hadn't dined with before. And on a number of those occasions, an issue came up that I had not considered before. The issue: Asking For What You Want.
Seems simple, right? Certainly, we are all quite used to going into most any restaurant and
asking a waiter to "put the dressing on the side," or to have "extra lemon in your tea," etc.
Somehow, it's perfectly acceptable to do so (as it should be.) But what about extra consideration
of meal preparation where low carb is concerned? I agree that you can't ask a busy restaurant to
make special sauces or dishes just for you. It's possible that some might be willing to do so
if they're not busy and they're especially accomodating, but we should not demand it.
A number of restaurants are now offering sugarfree desserts (not always low carb, so ask about ingredients.)
But if your favorite restaurant doesn't offer one, start making requests. Some are really simple for
them to carry. We all know how easy it is to make a sugarfree cheesecake since they rely on sugar only
for sweetening. And sugarfree or NSA ice cream is pretty easy to keep on hand. Or they could offer
bowls of cut berries. None of these require restaurants to become well versed in low carb cooking to
"We donít always get what we deserve, but we often get what we ask for."
- Victor G. Dymowski
And lastly, I simply have to give a nod to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. I cannot speak for all of them, and will begin by saying that there are a few out there (usually the franchise ones) that I can't recommend, but I surely have to give credit to the amazing job the one in Columbus, Ohio does for their patrons.
They are probably the single most accomodating restaurant I've ever visited, and they are pleased to do whatever it takes to make you happy. They'll alter dishes, they'll make substitutions, and they understand and respect our dietary concerns. They offer broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and more. On my birthday, after a wonderful meal of shrimp remoulade and filet with extra butter and hollandaise, they brought to my table a tall stemware glass of beautifully cut strawberries with a candle in the center. They apprise me of all ingredients in a dish, and the waiters/waitresses are well informed. It's not a cheap meal, but you'll feel your money's been well-spent. Their managers, Adrian and Debbie will assure your meal is perfection, and our favorite waiters (it pays to ask for them) are Aaron and Nicole. In short, they have our highest recommendation. If you have something special coming up and you're within driving distance, check them out. We drive over an hour each way when we go... they're that good.
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