Village Inn Keto Options for Low Carb Diets

I have a good idea what you’re thinking right now: what is a pancake house that’s famous for pie doing on a list of keto-compatible restaurants? The Village Inn is here precisely to prove the point that you can eat anywhere without blowing your diet.

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Started in Denver, Colorado, a half century ago, the Village Inn prides itself on made-from-scratch meals. You’ll have to take a pass on the carb-loaded pancakes and desserts, but there are still tons of options to keep you satisfied.

The Village Inn lists nutrition information online; however, it is not customizable, meaning you won’t be able to tell how many carbs are in a dish if you modify or remove items. They also offer a gluten-sensitive menu so be sure to mention it if allergies are a concern, or to root out hidden carbs.

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Keto-Compatible Breakfast at Village Inn

Keto eaters are golden at any place that serves breakfast and the Village Inn offers it all day long. Eggs, bacon, sausage, it all works for keto. No exact carb counts for modified orders.

  • 2 Eggs, any style except poached (1 net carb, 18g fat, 13g protein)
  • 2 Eggs, poached (1 net carb, 10g fat, 13g protein)
  • Bacon & Eggs (1 net carb) Ask to hold the pancakes and hash browns. It can’t hurt to ask if you can sub some extra bacon or eggs for the carby stuff.
  • Sausage Links or Patties & Eggs (1-2 net carbs) Same deal as with the bacon: hold the pancakes and hash browns.
  • 2-2-2 Breakfast with Bacon or Sausage (1-2 net carbs) Pass on the pancakes and see if you can’t make it a 3-3 with extra bacon or sausage and eggs instead.
  • Top Sirloin & Eggs – Again, pass on the pancakes but you’ll be so full from the steak and eggs, you won’t miss them.
  • Tres Huevos Rancheros – Take a pass on the refried beans and tortillas and you can enjoy the rest of the ingredients guilt-free.
  • 1/2 Ham Steak (3 net carbs, 15g fat, 16g protein)

If you’re watching your cholesterol, the egg whites or egg substitute also only contain 1 net carb.

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Expert Skillets at Village Inn for Low Carb Diets

The eggs, bacon, veggies and other ingredients in the skillet are all fine for keto. The only things you’ll have to pass on are the potatoes and pancakes, but there’s so much good stuff in the skillet, you’ll be plenty full without. No exact carb counts for modified orders.

  • Ultimate Skillet, no potatoes – Eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, peppers and tomatoes. Who needs potatoes with all that great stuff?
  • Garden Fresh Skillet, no potatoes – This one will be carbier with the onions, but a fair choice for vegetarians or vegans.
  • California Skillet, no potatoes – Bacon, avocados, Hollandaise sauce, it’s all keto-delicious.
  • Rio Grande Skillet with Grilled Chicken or Pork Carnitas, no potatoes – Spicy meat, sour cream, pico de gallo. You’ll never notice the potatoes are missing.

The Chicken-Fried Steak skillet is a no-go because of the breading.

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Keto-Friendly Three-Egg Omelettes at Village Inn

Eggs are great for keto. The best add-ons are meat, cheese, and vegetables like spinach, but a few chopped onions won’t kill your diet. Pass on the pancakes and hash browns.

Low Carb Create Your Own Omelette Fillings 

  • Artichokes (0 net carbs)
  • Bacon (0 net carbs)
  • Carnitas (0 net carbs)
  • Sausage Link (0 net carbs)
  • Avocado (1 net carb)
  • Sausage Patty (1 net carb)
  • Onions (1 net carb)
  • Mushrooms (1 net carb)
  • Fresh Spinach (1 net carb)
  • Tomatoes (1 net carb)
  • Broccoli (1 net carb)
  • Green Peppers (1 net carb)
  • Red Peppers (1 net carb)
  • Ham (2 net carbs)
  • Ranchero Sauce (3 net carbs)
  • Country Gravy (3 net carbs)
  • Hollandaise Sauce (5 net carbs) A little high, but passable if you’re celebrating.

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Burgers at Village Inn for the Ketogenic Diet

A burger without the bun is always a safe bet for keto. And if you’re not in the mood for beef, you can substitute grilled chicken for 0 net carbs. The Patty Melt has onions, but not enough to add more than a carb or two.

Keto-Compatible Burger Add-Ons at Village Inn

  • 2 Bacon Strips (0 net carbs, 4.5g fat, 4g protein)
  • Avocado (1 net carb, 7g fat, 1g protein)
  • Fried Egg (1 net carb, 9g fat, 7g protein)
  • American Cheese (0 net carbs, 6g fat, 4g protein)
  • Bleu (0 net carbs, 8g fat, 6g protein)
  • Cheddar (1 net carb, 9g fat, 7g protein)
  • Mozzarella (1 net carb, 6g fat, 8g protein)
  • Pepper Jack (1 net carb, 5g fat, 3g protein)
  • Swiss (1 net carb, 8g fat, 8g protein)

Sandwiches at Village Inn for the Keto Diet

The bread will have to go, but the fillings in the sandwiches are (mostly) fine. Look out for the chicken — it’s breaded. Add a sunnyside egg to improve your macros. No carb counts available for modified items.

  • Turkey Bacon Avocado Melt, no bread – All the ingredients are great except for the holder. Can’t hurt to ask for a lettuce bun.
  • Reuben, no bread – One of the great things about eating keto is getting to enjoy fatty meats like corned beef without guilt.
  • Bacon Lover’s BLT, no bread – Self-explanatorily delicious.
  • Classic French Dip, no roll – Roast beef and Swiss cheese au jus tastes just as good or better with a fork.
  • Double Decker Club, no bread – Ham, turkey, bacon and cheese along with lettuce, tomato and mayo: skipping the bread won’t ruin this classic.

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Keto-Friendly Salads at Village Inn

It’s important to include roughage in your diet. No exact carb counts available for modified orders.

  • Side Salad (5 net carbs) Adding fiber and micronutrients in the form of greens is always a good idea. (0.5g fat, 1g protein)
  • Classy Cobb Salad, lunch size, no dressing (4 net carbs) Greens, hardboiled egg, bleu cheese and bacon. All keto-friendly ingredients here. (25g fat, 26g protein) For the dinner-size salad, add 3 additional net carbs, 10g fat and 7g protein.
  • Celebrity Chef Salad – Ask to leave off the croutons and the other ingredients will be fine.
  • Southwest Salad – There’s corn and corn tortillas on this one, but if you take a pass on those, the rest of the ingredients will be acceptable.

Low Carb Dressings at Village Inn

Dressing is one of those places where carbs hide out, so be sure to choose from this list.

  • Blue Cheese, 1.5 oz. (1 net carb, 25g fat, 3g protein)
  • Ranch, 1.5 oz. (1 net carb, 18g fat, 1g protein)
  • Chipotle Ranch, 1.5 oz (2 net carbs, 17g fat, 1g protein)
  • Lite Olive Oil Vinaigrette, 1.5 oz. (4 net carbs) Keto eaters don’t usually go for light dressing, but this one isn’t too high-carb. (9g fat, 0g protein)

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Soups at Village Inn for Ketogenic Dieters

Not a typical keto pick, but acceptably low if it’s chilly outside.

  • Cream of Broccoli, cup (4 net carbs, 5g fat, 3g protein)
  • Vegetable Beef, cup (7 net carbs, 3g fat, 3g protein)
  • Chicken Noodle, cup (7 net carbs, 0g fat, 3g protein)
  • Tomato Basil, cup (8 net carbs, 15g fat, 1g protein)
  • Pork Green Chili, cup (8 net carbs, 4g fat, 7g protein)

The crackers should be given a miss, but in case you’re curious, the Gold have 4 net carbs and the saltines have 5.

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Keto-Friendly Dinner Options at Village Inn

You aren’t limited to breakfast food or burgers if you find yourself at the Village Inn. There are plenty of other keto-compatible choices.

  • Lemon Artichoke Chicken, no side (5 net carbs, 35g fat, 51g protein)
  • Pot Roast, no potatoes – Ask if you can double up on greens like broccoli or a salad to replace the potatoes.
  • Top Sirloin, no potatoes – Again, don’t be shy about asking for extra greens to replace the carb-y potatoes.

Dinner Sides at Village Inn for Low Carb Diets

  • Broccoli (2 net carbs, 7g fat, 1g protein)
  • Green Beans (3 net carbs, 7g fat, 1g protein)
  • Side Salad, no dressing (5 net carbs, 0.5g fat, 1g protein)
  • Country Sausage Gravy (3 net carbs) Gravy will be a bit of a splurge, but it shouldn’t kill your keto. (2.5g fat, 1g protein)
  • Brown Gravy (4 net carbs, 3g fat, 1g protein)
  • Turkey Gravy (4 net carbs, 0.5g fat, 1g protein)
  • Fresh Fruit (6 net carbs) Not at all a typical keto pick, but sometimes you just have a hankering and this one is low enough to not send your keto into a tailspin. (0g fat, 0g protein)

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What to Drink at Village Inn on Keto

Regular or iced coffee (but not sweetened or flavored), hot or iced tea, or diet soda if you must. The Village Inn serves Pepsi products.

In Conclusion

Eating out should always be a pleasure, never a source of stress or guilt. Following a healthy diet is no reason to feel restricted or left out, and as you can see from the choices above, there’s no reason to feel any of these things. You can be successful with keto in just about any situation, pancake houses included. Keep in mind, this type of fast food tends to be high in calories but lower in nutrition and should not be a major component of any healthy diet.

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