By Brian Wiley
A week ago, I created a list of non-perishable foods to stock up on during the Covid-19 outbreak. At the time, it looked like this situation might only last a couple weeks, but since then things have a taken a turn for the worse, and just about all of us have been told to work from home and shelter in place, and we really have no idea when this will end.
If your area is similar to mine, then it’s probably been difficult to find certain foods, or you may be trying to avoid exposure to others by not frequenting the grocery and warehouse clubs. Cities have also closed down butchers, meat counters and dine-in restaurants, further limiting options for food.
If you are having issues finding options, just don’t feel like cooking, or are trying to limit exposure, I have another list I want to share for carry-out restaurants and fast food, since these places are considered essential businesses, and are still an option.
Here is a list of major chain restaurants and fast food places that are offering free delivery (with certain requirements), along with examples of low-carb options you can order. Make sure you check the online menu yourself because some outlets have different options.
- Bob Evans – all orders free delivery – grilled chicken, sirloin steak, ham steak, bacon, eggs, sausage, omelettes, green beans, broccoli, salads, burger patties. TIP: They also have family meals and most meal sides can be substituted.
- Chili’s – free delivery with $15 purchase – bone in wings, burgers without bun, ribs without sauce, steaks, fajitas without rice, beans or tortilla, grilled shrimp, salads, salmon, grilled chicken. TIP: Chili’s has family platters and 3 for $10 meals, also most non low-carb sides can be substituted.
- Chipotle – Free Delivery over $10 – This is an easy one. You can order a bowl with chicken, steak, barbacoa or carnitas, with a variety of low-carb vegetables.
- Outback Steakhouse – Texas Roadhouse – Long Horn Steakhouse – free delivery – steaks, shrimp, lobster, salmon, grilled chicken, ribs without sauce, burgers without bun, salads, vegetables.
- Applebees – free delivery- steaks, ribs – sauce, grilled chicken, salmon, grilled chicken salads, burgers -bun, garlic green beans, broccoli. TIP: Applebees has a 2-entree deal for $20/$25/$29, They also have catering size bone-in wings.
These other restaurants with similar options are also offering free delivery.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Blaze Pizza
- Rapid Fired Pizza
- Boston Market
- Cracker Barrel
- Red Lobster
I am sure there are many more, especially smaller chains and local restaurants, If you have a local owned restaurant you like, I would strongly consider giving them as much business as possible because these are the ones that are going to get hit the worst and are at risk of failing if the restrictions go on for a long time.
Another thing to remember is that at most of your major chain fast food restaurants you can order a la carte, giving you more bang for your buck. You can ask for just the burger or chicken patties, instead of buying the whole burger or meal. You can also get sides of cheese and bacon added for minimal costs.
I have a list made for a reference (download pdf here). Your prices may differ, but should be really close. This works for breakfast too, you can order just eggs, sausage, bacon or cheese for half the cost of the sandwich alone. This list is good to print and keep in your car so you can make sure they ring your total up right. Hope this helps.
Brian Wiley is a Certified Health Coach who struggled to lose weight for most of his life. He attempted most of the mainstream approaches, along with the standard advice to “eat, less move more.” This advice resulted in minimal short-term success, or no success at all. Brian then adopted a low-carb lifestyle in 2009, and succeeded in losing 100 pounds. He has maintained that weight loss ever since using a low-carb ketogenic IF lifestyle. “I see people every day, both in real life and on social media, struggling, going through the same cycles of unsuccessful dieting like I did. I want to serve as an example that this approach can be successful, is not a fad, and is a healthy long-term lifestyle solution.” Brian is also an ACE certified personal trainer. Sign up for Group Coaching