O’Charley’s Keto Options for Low Carb Diets
Southerners are famous for their hospitality and food, and O’Charley’s is big on carrying on both traditions. It all started back in Nashville in 1971 when Sonny Watkins, a Marine corps major, opened the first location across the street from Vanderbilt University. Watkins sold the business in the 1980s to David K. Wachtel who grew it into a chain. Today, O’Charley’s serves up generous portions of fresh food with a smile at its 200+ locations throughout the South and Midwest.
O’Charley’s has an extensive menu, and they always seem to be adding new items. Brunch is a must-do at O’Charley’s, which is great news for keto-eaters because any restaurant that serves breakfast food is our kind of place. Add in steaks, burgers and salads — all of which are available at O’Charley’s — and we’re all set.
O’Charley’s nutrition information is available online, but we’ve gathered your best keto bets right here.
Keto-Compatible Shareable Starters at O’Charley’s
No exact carb count available for individual servings or modified orders.
- Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs – The whole platter has 22 net carbs, and that’s why they’re called ‘Shareable.’
- Queso – Pass on the chips, but queso tastes great off a spoon.
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip – A spoonful of this shouldn’t kill your keto.
Low Carb Salads at O’Charley’s
It’s important to eat your greens when you follow a keto diet. However, sugary things like fruit and candied nuts have found their way into a lot of salads these days, including some of the choices on the menu at O’Charley’s. Lucky for us, they still serve the classic variety as well.
- Bleu Cheese Wedge (8 net carbs, 57g fat, 13g protein)
- Steakhouse Wedge with Salmon (11 net carbs, 73g fat, 46g protein)
- Steakhouse Wedge with Steak (11 net carbs, 78g fat, 44g protein)
- Steakhouse Wedge with Chicken (13 net carbs, 60g fat, 39g protein)
- House, no dressing – No exact carb count without croutons, but pull them out and you’ll be fine. (7g fat, 7g protein)
- Classic Cobb – No exact carb count without the croutons, but all the rest of the ingredients are keto-compatible.
Add avocado to any salad for only 1 net carb.
Keto-Friendly Salad Dressings at O’Charley’s
Savvy keto eaters know to choose their dressing wisely. All counts listed are for a 2oz. serving. Main course salads will likely be served with 3oz. of dressing. To be safe, ask for the dressing on the side.
- Bleu Cheese (2 net carbs, 32g fat, 2g protein)
- Light Ranch (4 net carbs, 5g fat, 2g protein)
- Ranch (4 net carbs, 22g fat, 2g protein)
The Thousand Island is starting to push it at 6 net carbs.
Burgers at O’Charley’s for Low Carb Diets
A burger without the bun is a keto favorite, but if for some reason you’re not in the mood for beef, you can replace the burger with a chicken breast for 3 net carbs. No exact carb counts for the bun-less burger.
Ketogenic Diet-Compatible Sandwiches at O’Charley’s
The bread is out, but many of the fillings are fine for keto.
- Classic French Dip, no baguette – Is there anything better than a half-pound of roast beef with Jack cheese and a side of au jus for dipping? Yes, when you slather it all with Cajun butter.
- Club Sandwich, no bread – Applewood smoked bacon, roasted turkey, cheddar and Jack cheese with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Bread-smread. Who needs it?
Steak & Ribs at O’Charley’s for Keto Eaters
A piece of meat is always on the menu for keto eaters. Pair it with a salad or keto-friendly side (listed below) and you’re good to go.
- Filet Mignon, 7oz. (1 net carb) Dinner doesn’t get much better than a tender steak, except you slathered it in garlic butter. (47g fat, 38g protein)
- Grilled Top Sirloin, 6oz. (0 net carbs) Also available in a 12oz. for 1 net carb. (18g fat, 25g protein)
- Rib-Eye Steak (1 net carb, 71g fat, 46g protein)
- Louisiana Sirloin (2 net carbs) Topped with Cajun seasonings and Cajun butter. (43g fat, 50g protein)
- Slow Roasted Prime Rib, 12oz. (3 net carbs) If you go for the 16oz., add 1 net carb. (95g fat, 61g protein)
Keto-Friendly Seafood at O’Charley’s
Fish is a nice alternative to red meat, but at O’Charley’s, you don’t have to choose. Order a combo platter and have both. Carb counts not available for modified orders.
- Cedar-Plank Salmon (2 net carbs, 28g fat, 50g protein)
- Blackened Salmon, 6oz. (2 net carbs, 21g fat, 34g protein)
- Santa Fe Tilapia – Fire-grilled, served with Pico de Gallo and under $10. See if you can switch out the rice for some asparagus or broccoli.
- Low Country Shrimp – The tomatoes add a couple of carbs but not enough to make you want to pass up the andouille sausage and Creole sauce. What you will want to pass on is the rice.
Low Carb Sides at O’Charley’s
- Asparagus (1 net carb, 5g fat, 2g protein)
- Broccoli, 5oz. (3 net carbs, 8g fat, 3g protein)
Coleslaw runs a little high, 11 net carbs.
Brunch at O’Charley’s for the Ketogenic Diet
Any place that serves breakfast food is good for keto eaters. Pass on the potatoes and toast, but eggs, bacon, cheese and ham are all keto-rrific. No exact carb counts available for modified orders.
- Slow-Roasted Prime Rib (3 net carbs) An O’Charley’s signature dish, served au jus. Available in 8, 12 or 16oz. Pair it with broccoli and asparagus and enjoy. (70g fat, 41g protein)
- Deconstructed Breakfast Taco – Just say no to the tortillas and potatoes, but you could ask to replace them with extra eggs, bacon, Pico de Gallo, cilantro or all of the above!
- Overloaded Brunch Platter – 6oz. sirloin, 2 eggs any style, plus 3 slices of bacon. Nobody needs the 1/2 waffle or potatoes.
Keto-Friendly Brunch Sides at O’Charley’s
- Applewood-Smoked Bacon, 3 strips (0 net carbs, 8g fat, 6g protein)
- Eggs to Order, 2 (1 net carb, 25g fat, 14g protein)
- Ham Steak (2 net carbs, 3g fat, 20g protein)
What to Drink at O’Charley’s for Low Carb Dieters
Water, coffee, tea, unsweetened iced tea or diet soda if you can’t resist. O’Charley’s has a full bar, so if you’re celebrating, a light beer or glass of red wine will be your best bets and run you about 3-5 net carbs.
Being successful with your keto diet should never mean missing out, and virtually every restaurant offers keto-compatible dishes as O’Charley’s proves. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that this type of food can be high in calories but low in nutrition and should not comprise a major portion of any healthy diet.