A little while ago, a new restaurant popped up in my area that I was super excited about as a type 1 diabetic: a low carb cafe! I was looking forward to visiting this place as it features a low carb, gluten free, and grain free menu with items that have no added sugars of any kind (including agave, honey, syrups, or fruit concentrates). In addition, given that one of the owners is a type 1 diabetic, they have carb counts for all their meal items too. This made the decision to try it out a no brainer! I had to go!
At this point, I have eaten there a couple of times now and have always been super pleased with the food. One of the items on their menu that I was really looking forward to trying out the first time I went were their low carb flatbread pizzas, which are made with almond flour. I wanted to try multiple items though, so I got 2 entrees and ate half of each. I had half a buffalo chicken and bleu cheese flatbread pizza and half a salad that had pico de gallo, mixed greens, a little bit of pan seared onions and bell peppers, avocado, and chicken. The entire thing of flatbread pizza had only 7 grams of carbs while the whole salad had 23 (due to the onion and bell pepper). All of it was delicious! The pizza, especially, made my day as I had been longing for pizza for soooo long. It was great to be able to enjoy pizza without having to stress about blood sugars.
In addition to eating delicious pizza that day, I also took home with me a chocolate peanut butter bar (7g of carbs each) and ate some of it the next day for lunch with my leftovers. These dessert bars were a delicious treat!
The second time I went, I had another of their salads (pictured below), which was also amazing. And the third time I went, I had one of their zucchini noodle bowls (artichoke chicken flavored) and shared a margherita flatbread pizza with my husband. All the items I have had there so far have been excellent. My boluses have worked well for the most part. However, I have had to watch for the delayed protein rise as although the food is low in carbs, some of the entrees can be fatty and cause delayed bg rises. Still worth it in the end.
In the future, when I get to go during breakfast time, I look forward to trying out their low carb pancakes as they sound delicious. I wish there were more local restaurants (not chain restaurants) with carb counts for their food items. Would definitely make dining out with type 1 diabetes much easier. However, I am glad that they aren’t too close by to me as I think I would spend a lot of money eating there all the time, lol. Looking forward to my next visit and trying out more of their creations!
PS: In case anyone is interested in visiting this restaurant, the Good Food-Low Carb Cafe is in Madison, Wisconsin. Below is a link to their website: