Low Carb Dave & Buster’s Options for Keto Dieters
Nothing beats the thrill of getting the high score at Pop-A-Shot, except maybe hitting it big at skeeball. But being able to order food while rocking all these games? That’s pure heaven. And this was the genius idea put together by two guys actually named Dave and Buster.
Way back in 1977, Buster Corley was operating a bar and restaurant just a few doors down from an arcade run by Dave Corriveau in Little Rock, Arkansas. They noticed customers were going back and forth between the two places and had a lightbulb moment: What if we combine the two? Dave won the coin toss so his name went first. Today there are over 100 Dave & Buster’s in operation around the country.
They take their entertainment seriously. Every Dave & Buster’s has over $1 million in arcade and interactive games. Their formula has proven so successful, D&B’s is worth more than some very big Vegas casinos.
That’s all interesting, but what about the food? Truth be told, it would be easy to go carb-overload at a place like this, but luckily D&Bs serve things like steak, burgers and salads so you can safely eat here and keep your keto. Dave and Buster’s lists calories right on the menu and their nutrition information is available online, but it is not customizable, meaning if you change or skip certain ingredients, you won’t know the carb count. Read on for your best bets.
Keto-Compatible Shareable Appetizers at Dave and Buster’s
Ancho Caesar Lettuce Wraps (13 net carbs) A surprisingly healthy — and keto-friendly — starter made with chicken breast, bacon, avocado, parmesan, tomatoes and Caesar dressing. A good one to pass around. (47g fat, 40g protein)
Buffalo wings are usually a keto go-to, but D&B’s are on the high side at 20 net carbs. Definitely one to share. (47g fat, 80g protein)
Starter Salads & Soups for Keto Eaters at Dave and Buster’s
Kicking off your meal off with fiber and micronutrients is always a good idea. It’ll also help fill you up so you don’t overdo it with the main course.
- Fresh Garden Salad (11 net carbs) Ask to hold the tortilla strips and you’ll bring your carb count way down. (13g fat, 9g protein)
- Parmesan Caesar Salad (10 net carbs) The croutons are the culprit here. Request to leave them off and save big on carbs. (20g fat, 8g protein)
- Tomato Feta Soup, cup (4 net carbs) Not a typical pick for keto, but even if you order a whole bowl of the stuff, with only 9 net carbs, it shouldn’t wreck your keto. (4g fat, 2g protein)
Low Carb Dressings at Dave and Buster’s
Dressing is one of those things you need to pay attention to when eating keto because it often contains hidden carbs. Avoid the honey mustard and the Thai ginger peanut; way too sugary. The Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette is pushing it at 6 net carbs. Following are your best options.
- Roasted Garlic Caesar, 2oz. (0 net carbs, 30g fat, 2g protein)
- Buttermilk Ranch, 2oz. (2 net carbs, 22g fat, 0g protein)
- Bleu Cheese, 2oz. (2 net carbs, 30g fat, 2g protein)
- Avocado Jalapeño Ranch (2 net carbs, 22g fat, 2g protein)
- Ancho Chile Caesar (3 net carbs, 27g fat, 3g protein)
Keto-Friendly Legendary Burgers at Dave and Buster’s
Pass on the bun and the fries, but a burger is one of the best things about eating keto. No carb counts available for modified orders.
- Triple Bacon Burger, no bun, no fries – A top reason to eat keto: guilt-free bacon cheeseburgers. And this one has three times the deliciousness.
- Dave’s™Double Cheeseburger, no bun, no fries – Double the meat, double the cheese, heaven even without the bun.
- Buster’s™Cheeseburger, no bun – Lower in calories (but still pushing 1000), you can add bacon to this ‘basic’ burger without adding carbs.
- The South Philly Burger, no bun, no fries – A burger topped with steak, cheese, peppers, onions and mushrooms. Because, you know, a regular burger is just too plain.
Burger Add-Ons at Dave and Buster’s for Low Carb Diets
- Bacon (0 net carbs, 7g fat, 5g protein)
- Avocado (1 net carb, 7g fat, 1g protein)
Low Carb Steak and Ribs at Dave and Buster’s
A piece of meat and some greens are perfect for keto. Exact carb counts not available for modified items.
- Fire-Grilled Sirloin with Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp & Lobster Sauce – Pass on the mashed potatoes, but everything else passes muster, including the garlic green beans and creamy lobster sauce.
- New York Strip Steak, 12oz. – The potatoes are a pass and the fried onions will add a few carbs. Ask for extra broccoli instead.
- Sirloin Steak, 8oz. – Same options as the NY Strip. Request no potatoes and extra broccoli.
Add 5 grilled shrimp or 3 bacon-wrapped shrimp to your steak for only 1 net carb. (1g fat & 14g protein for grilled; 10g fat & 12g protein for bacon-wrapped)
Keto-Compatible Plates at Dave and Buster’s
More dinner options. Carb counts not available for modified orders.
- Grilled Salmon, no rice (16 net carbs) See if they won’t toss on a few extra garlic green beans to replace the rice for you instead. (44g fat, 56g protein)
- Cabo Chicken, no rice (21 net carbs) The fruity pico de gallo sauce is the guilty party here so leave it off and bring your carbs down to a more acceptable level. Request extra veggies to replace the rice. (20g fat, 70g protein)
Eat Your Greens: Salads at Dave and Buster’s for Low Carb Dieters
If a slab of meat isn’t calling your name, you still have good options for keto. Exact carb count not available for modified items.
- Grilled Chicken & Baby Kale Caesar Salad (11 net carbs, 40g fat, 44g protein)
- Grilled Steak Salad – Greens, bleu cheese and steak are great. Ask to leave off the candied nuts and fried onions, and request a lower-carb dressing like Caesar, Ranch or Bleu Cheese.
Add avocado to your salad for only 1 net carb.
Keto-Friendly Side Kicks at Dave and Buster’s
- Fresh-made Guacamole (3 net carbs, 17g fat, 2g protein)
- Fresh Season Vegetables (4 net carbs, 7g fat, 1g protein)
Low Carb Drink Options at Dave and Buster’s
Water, San Pellegrino, coffee, unsweetened iced tea, or diet soda if you must. They have sugar-free Red Bull but who needs that? We’ve got plenty of natural energy from eating keto. D&B’s also serves alcohol. Take a pass on the sugary cocktails, but a glass of red wine or a light beer will run you somewhere in the range of 3-6 net carbs if you choose to indulge.
You can eat out pretty much anywhere and still have success with your keto diet. While going to a gaming arcade is fun, the type of food they serve there isn’t going to be the best quality, not to mention loaded with calories. It should not be a regular feature in any healthy diet.