How to eat on a keto diet at restaurants in Charlotte, NC

Fin & Fino mussels.

Fin & Fino mussels.


How to eat healthy in Charlotte restaurants in 2022

If you’re trying a new diet and aren’t sure how to order when you go out to eat, check out our guide:

At this point in 2022, New Years resolutions are in full swing, with healthy eating at the top of many people’s lists. Have you decided to go keto? You’ll have plenty of company: In 2020, ‘keto’ was the most searched-for food-related topic on Google in the world.

The ketogenic diet prioritizes consuming foods that are low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and high in fat in order to send the body into a fat burning state rather than carbohydrates.

But trying a new diet for the New Year brings up the age-old question: what about dining out?

We’ve scoured Charlotte’s menus to find the right foods so you don’t have to.

PRO TIPS: When Dining Out on the Keto Diet …

  • Avoid extra sauces which can often contain hidden sugars.

  • Skip the bread.

  • Stick to healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates with lots of fiber.

  • Don’t be afraid to get creative and change the dish (if the restaurant allows).

  • Substitute green vegetables for the fries.

Here are some keto-friendly dishes from Charlotte restaurants to try:

Cafe Abugida

Location: 3007 Central Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28205

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

Cuisine: Ethiopian

Dish to try: Doro Alecha, tender chicken thigh cooked simmered in Ethiopian herb butter, garlic, onion and spicy curry sauce with hard-boiled egg.

Fin & Fino

Location: 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts # 100, Charlotte, NC 28202

Neighborhood: Uptown

Cuisine: Seafood

Dish to try: For those who like a little extra heat, try the mussels, served with poblano peppers, andouille and tomato-pickle broth. This broth has no added sugars – the sweetness comes from the tomatoes, tarragon and tamarind, then the sauce is finished in butter. To avoid added carbohydrates, skip the bread.


Location: 1400 Church Street B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

Neighborhood: South End

Cuisine: Korean BBQ

Dish to try: At this all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant, there’s no shortage of protein-rich meats, from curried pork belly to spicy chicken. Just replace the side of the rice with some green vegetables like zucchini or green lettuce.

Charlotte’s Mad Greek

Location: 5011 South Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28217

Neighborhood: Madison Park

Cuisine: Greek

Dish to try: The Mad Greek Salad, made with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, feta, green pepper, olives and pepperoncini. For more protein, consider adding grilled chicken. And hold the pita.

Charlotte’s Mad Greek salad is one of her most popular dishes. Melissa Oyler Charlotte five

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill

Location: 340 E 16th St, Charlotte, NC 28206

Neighborhood: Optimist Hall

Location: 4920 Old Sardis Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

Neighborhood: Strawberry Hill

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Dish to try: Build your own bowl with a green base like spinach, kale or arugula. Then wrap it with protein like chicken shawarma, chicken kebab, or grated lamb. Top it off with your choice of toppings.

The roasting company

Location: 1521 Montford Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209

Neighborhood: Montford

Location: 122 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill SC 29730

Neighborhood: Rock Hill

Kitchen: Rotisserie

Dish to try: kale kale bowl, made with kale, arugula and mixed vegetables, cotija cheese and Italian dressing (which does not contain sugar). For more protein, add pulled chicken or pulled pork.

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Maddie Ellis is a reporting intern at CharlotteFive. She is studying English and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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