List of Diabetes-Friendly Restaurants/Fast Food Establishments

Following is an “official” list of diabetes-friendly places to eat. I will do my best to keep this list alphabetized and up-to-date. Please continue posting your favorite dia-friendly places to eat, and I will add them to the list. Also please let me know about any corrections (additions, deletions, links that are no longer good, etc.) so I can keep this list as accurate as possible.

Thank you,

Locations: pretty much all across the great U.S. of A.
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Notes: will serve unbreaded chicken nuggets on request

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Locations: United States, Canada, France, Germany, UK
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Locations: Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC
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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
Locations: United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland [Oregon], San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Scottsdale, Washington, DC; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Mexico City, Mexico; Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador
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Locations: California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas
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Jimmy John’s Sandwiches
Locations: United States
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Notes: try the “Unwich” Subs

Locations: about a bazillion locations across the United States
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Pollo Tropical
Locations: Mostly Texas (D/FW, Austin, San Antonio, Houston), Tennesse (Nashville area), Georgia (Atlanta area), and all over Florida. A few outside the states in South America. They’re planning on expanding rapidly over the next year or two.
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Notes: Sauces are on a self-serve bar. You can get info for the individual sauces by playing with the Nutritional Information for the Tropichop Bowl and selecting the different sauces without anything in the bowl yet. Chicken is grilled, not breaded. There are a couple of lower-carb side options like green beans or balsamic tomatoes.

Ted’s Montana Grill
Locations: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia (lots of 'em here), Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana (of course), New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia
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Notes: gluten-free buns available on request


There are a few additional Fogo’s in the USA that I’m aware of… It really is a great dining experience…

Could you please list the locations (of the Fogo’s) that I’ve left out? Thank you in advance!

Additional Fogo’s in the USA

Atlanta, Baltimore, LA, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, DC.

Sorry if I duplicated or missed any. They have a website too.

I have never actually found this to be an issue. Once I boiled it down to “I need a good protein source and some veggies”, it got very easy. Everybody can serve up a salad and some meat or eggs. Though I get that for vegetarians that might be harder.

From cross-country on Amtrak to driving cross country for my mother-in-law’s funeral, I’ve never had a problem in 10 years…Just don’t order stuff with sauces or pasta or other stuff that you can’t calculate…Even at burger king, their Caesar salad was just fine and the grilled chicken, edible…Not fine dining, but not dangerous to my numbers…

Amtrak even started making a crustless cheesecake that is not overly sweet and doesn’t give me a spike…

“Fancy” dining, more difficult, of course. It took me a few experiments to figure out what I could eat at our favorite near-by Thai restaurant, for instance. Since we walk to and from, I could take precautions through post-prandial exercise, while I figured it out…

Good luck…

Hardee’s/Carl Junior: The low carb burger
SmashBurger: Choice of gluten free bun or lettuce wrap.

that Pollo Tropical place reminds me of a favorite of mine El Pollo Loco

the chicken is marinated and grilled, you can add a salad or low carb sides for a nice meal.

They are mostly in CA, but also AZ, NV and TX

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They’re somewhat similar, though El Pollo Loco has more of a Mexican spin.

Pollo Tropical also has other meats - a “Calypso Beef” that’s very tasty, and a pork option as well.

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I would really love to see the concept of this thread expanded to be destination specific (although I realize the level of coordination that would be involved)

A website with a council of veteran insulin dependant diabetics who’d formed a council to approve different carb counts and suggestions for different restaurant menu items throughout the country, alphabetized by city… Wow that’d be phenomenal. not so much for fast food or whatever but for real dining experiences in real memorable places throughout the country (or the world). That would improve the world I believe… Would improve mine anyway.


This is amazing! Thank you @rgcainmd for helping put together this wonderful resource! Yay!

Very Intellegent Idea