Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Panera Bread - Chicken Cobb with Avocado Salad

Panera Bread is a great place if you're not into the low-carb lifestyle; there are so many yummy cookies, bagels, muffins, and other delicious carby treats. But, your friendly and intrepid Low-Carb Alabama editor has discovered that Panera can also be a place of refuge for us. 


We've visited this chain before, if you recall - we featured the Breakfast Power Bowl last year. Now we've returned at lunch and found a great salad; it's received a thumbs up from us. 

Behold, the Chicken Cobb with Avocado salad! 


From their website
All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola and hard-boiled egg are all tossed with herb vinaigrette then topped with fresh avocado. Available in whole and half.
It's listed at 16g of carbs, but if you delete the tomatoes you'll come out a little better. 

The Chicken Cobb with Avocado is a great lunch choice at a place where you could definitely do much worse. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

La Cocina - Chicken Fajita Salad


I seemed to be destined to try the taco (or fajita) salad at pretty much every Mexican restaurant in Mobile (and that isn't a bad thing). As low-carb fare goes, this item is probably as good as you're going to find when dining at Mexican restaurants.

Your Low-Carb Diner recently visited La Cocina and had their chicken fajita salad. This was my first visit to this restaurant, and it came highly recommended. 



I chose to go without the taco bowl, although sometimes this backfires and you end up with a smaller portion that you would have received otherwise. This was not the case here, however, and I was most impressed with the taste and the speed of service.

Check 'em out: 
La Cocina Mexican Restaurant
4663 Airport Boulevard
Mobile, AL 36608-3125 
http://www.lacocinamobile.com/ 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Moe's Original BBQ - Moe Salad



Recently, my family went to Sunday lunch at Moe's Original BBQ in downtown Mobile. 


This restaurant is located at the corner of Dauphin Street & Washington Avenue. It features a relaxed atmosphere with a large room in the back where the kids can run around and play cornhole. There were about 15-20 kids running around playing when we arrived. A music stage is set up in the corner. 

So what did the Low-Carb Diner choose? Yep, a salad. Of course, pretty much all of the meats are good choices (if you go easy on the sauces, some of which contain sugars).

I looked on the menu for salads and my choice was made -- there is only one -- the Moe Salad.



From the menu:


Fresh crisp greens, topped with roma tomatoes, shredded cheddar 
cheese, crispy bacon crumbles, toasted spiced pecans, cucumbers, carrots, 
red onions, a piece of cornbread, and your choice of meat and dressing.
MEATS: pork, fried shrimp, chicken, fried catfish, turkey or chicken fingers.


As you can see, I chose pork, and they piled it high! I threw caution to the wind and let them add the sauce on top. It also comes with a piece of cornbread, it was 
promptly removed. 

You may not tell from the photo, but the Moe Salad was a huge portion and filled me up. It was delicious; I plan to return again and again to try all the meat choices.

And you can try your hand at cornhole when you're done. 

Moe's Original BBQ: http://www.moesoriginalbbq.com (Tell 'em the Low-Carb Diner sent you!)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wintzell's Oyster House - Shrimp and Mahi Cobb Salad

Last night I went to dinner with family to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. LCD. We ended up at Wintzell's Oyster House in Saraland, Alabama. 

Of course, this local seafood restaurant has so many yummy fried things that it's tempting to get a big basket of fried goodness (and don't get me started about that buttery bread!). Alas, I stuck to my guns and focused on the salad menu. 

From the Wintzell's menu (http://www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com/menu): 
"Bands of shrimp, mahi mahi, egg, bacon and cheddar cheese topped with grape tomatoes, purple onions and our homemade croutons".


This time I remembered to say "no croutons, please" and they happily obliged. What you see is what I got; loads of shrimp and fish and other fixings on a bed of lettuce. It's a great choice; look it up the next time you find yourself at Wintzell's. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rotolo's Pizzeria - Caesar Salad with Blackened Chicken

It can be tough for the low-carb diner to go out for pizza with friends, but as always there are options. Recently I ended up at the brand new Rotolo's Pizzeria in Saraland, Alabama with a group of friends, and I was pleased to see some nice salad choices on the menu. 

I chose the caesar salad and added blackened chicken. The chicken really made the salad great; I highly recommend it. 

Please ignore the croutons here; I forgot to ask them to omit them. I also didn't use much of the dressing because you never can be too sure about caesar dressing; their house Balsamic Vinaigrette would likely have been a safer choice.



Check out Rotolo's if you visit the ever-growing Saraland. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mugshots Grill & Bar

This week I had a nice lunch with Mrs. Low-Carb Alabama at Mugshots Grill & Bar.   This one is on Airport Blvd in Mobile; it's in the old Ruby Tuesday building. 

Mugshots has a variety of sandwiches and burgers on their menu. They also had salads (and even a few "low carb" selections such as  grilled chicken), but I had heard about their burgers and wanted to try one. 

So, I chose the "Steak Burger", described as: "Angus sirloin steak chopped and grilled with onions and peppers,smothered with melted pepper jack cheese,served on top of our signature beef patty, racked with mayo, fresh lettuce and tomato". I ordered it "no bun".




I paired that with a side caesar salad (pro tip: ask for no croutons -- this salad is half croutons) and a Coke Zero. 

What you see is what I got. It was really good and the portion was huge; I'll put this on the short list for a good burger in west Mobile. 

Here's a link to their menu:
http://mugshotsgrillandbar.com/menus/In-House_Menu_Universal_May_13.pdf

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Low-Carb: the best New Year's Resolution?

Well it has been a while since my last update, but this has been a busy month. I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas holiday. 

It was a little easier than I expected to pass up on some of my "old" favorite foods like dressing, macaroni & cheese, and corn. I'm sure this was because I had some great alternatives (such as cauliflower & cheese casserole) and of course Mrs. LCD's famous low-carb lemon pie.  

December 31 is an important date to me personally; on 12/31/2012 I ended my "old" life and started the low-carb lifestyle on 1/1/2013. 

For the months preceding that date I had researched various diets and decided that "keto" (or low-carb) was the one for me. It offered the most flexibility and did not lock you into rigid portion control rules (which I knew would never work for me). 

So, on January 1st I flipped the switch and dove into a new way of thinking -- here I am 60 pounds lighter to prove that it works if you stick with it. 

As many make new year's resolutions around this time, I encourage you to share this website with your friends and family members -- perhaps there is someone in your life who needs to consider making a change. Perhaps that is you! 

If I can answer any questions, please feel free to ask.  Thanks for a great 2013!