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2009/03/29 16:59:25 (permalink)
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Restaurants suited to bodybuilders

I had an idea for a thread which I'd like to post.

Are there any restaraunts or eating establishments near you which serve food fairly well suited to the bodybuilding diet? Im not talking fish cakes and tuna here! What i mean is a place that serves good portions of clean, healthy, tasty food.

Over the years ive noticed how much of a lottery it is when you choose somewhere to eat when you are on a diet regime, especially when travelling so this thread is for members to post places which suit the bodybuilding enthusiast.

I'll start

Harvester in Otterspool - South Liverpool

I know its a chain but I had never been in one before. I was so impressed when as we ordered we were given a bowl and told to help ourselves to as much as we liked from the salad bar. Good choice there and all fresh

For our mains I had fillet steak and my partner had sea bass. Both tasty and not overly greasy. Portion size was phenomenal and hard to finish.

Overall I'd definitely recommend it. Its not michelin star quality but the prices reflect that. Only downside is Tuc lives near there!

So go on, add yours

EDIT - Looking more for Proper restaraunts as opposed to convenience food
post edited by irishbeast - 2009/03/29 17:18:03

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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 17:02:54 (permalink)
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Nandos. Not sure how calorie dense the marinade is but whether bulking or cutting you can pick a decent meal.

Cut:
Half chicken with side of salad

Bulk:
Double breast chicken fillet pitta
2 x spicy rice

Eating out can be a bit of a nightmare if you're very strict with diet though unless they're fine with you asking for a modifed meal, which any decent restaurant should be.
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 17:05:51 (permalink)
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Every restaurant I go to at lunch time with work or in the evening with the missus I have two main meals. Gets a little embarassing but everyone I know has sort of got used to it.

Festar: You can't plead poverty with 2 cars. That's like a little Kenyan chap pleading poverty with 2 packets of uncle bens rice hidden under his bed.
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 17:11:08 (permalink)
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KFC   


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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 17:17:51 (permalink)
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Good topic - stickied.  The idea is for good quality resteraunts, not just where you like to go.  It's for people in your area to read and try, or visitors.  This could prove to be a good reference topic.


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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 17:27:35 (permalink)
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Is this not true for anywhere you want to eat,,i have found that you can eat healthy not matter were you go, except McDonalds,,,,,my favorite has to be subway,,you'll find most supermarkets now do hot chicken, and they have a good salad bar, that you can fill a takeaway bowl to the brim with all different types of beans for about £3
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 17:37:26 (permalink)
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Walrus and Carpenter - Bristol + Bath

http://www.walrusandcarpenter.com/Default.aspx

All our food is freshly cooked by our chefs on the premises. We pride ourselves on the quality and freshness of our ingredients. Our meat is either free-range or organic, and everything is sourced from local suppliers.

Our signature beef burgers, are made from 100% beef to a recipe that we have used for over 30 years. Our local butcher makes them up and delivers them to us daily! There are loads of toppings and you can choose between ¼ or ½ lbs. All our burgers can come with chips or salad or if you are really hungry you can have both!

For the vegetarians amongst you, we offer a wide selection of vegetarian food, such as spinach lasagne and our famous nutloaf with a creamy mushroom and watercress sauce. We also make a very tasty vegetarian burger.

Expensive, but good quality nosh. Some menu items below.

MAINS

Chilli con carne-homemade chilli made with locally farmed mince served with a walrus salad & pitta

Steak kebab-marinaded beef kebab served with a walrus salad & warm pitta bread

Walrus seafood bake- pieces of cod, haddock & whole prawns cooked in a parsley sauce, topped with potato & cheese served with a walrus salad & pitta

Beef strogonoff -succulent pieces of locally farmed fillet steak cooked in a brandy, cream & mushroom sauce served on a bed of rice with a mixed leaf salad & warm pitta

Chicken kebab- Grilled free range chicken & red pepper kebab with a homemade satay sauce. served with rice, mixed leaf salad & warm pitta 1

8 oz rump steak-locally farmed served ith chips & salad
8 oz sirloin steak-locally farmed served with chips & salad

Plain beefburger
Cheeseburger
Beefburger with sweet & sour pineapple
Beefburger with sour cream & chives
Beefburger with garlic mayonnaise
Beefburger with Mustard & apple
Beefburger with creamed horseradish
Beefburger with cheese & bacon

When I start earning in September, this place is going to be hit hard!


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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 19:09:18 (permalink)
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Id second Nandos - got me through a cut.

Chicken salad.  With olives or nuts for the added fat content.
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/29 21:11:52 (permalink)
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I just about live in hotels, so interesting thread for me!

All I can say after years of this is it's very hit and miss, esp in Britan.  I've lost count of restraunts with good looking options on the menu and they come out as rather depressing meals.

Case in point, a salt beef salad I ordered a few nights ago was a plate of very sad lettice, 2 (yes,2) cherry tomatoes, some beef cold cuts dumped on top and 1/2 a gallon of mayo squirted on in a sprial.

My rules are:

1. Either ask for no sauce or get it on the side.
2. Quite often one of the starters will be the best option, don't be afraid to order it as a main.
3. Only ever eat out in Spain...tapas bars are heaven for a BB'er.
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 08:33:13 (permalink)
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The Harvester.

Grill type resturant, but also currys and pastas etc.
 
Cutting? Lean grilled protein & UNLIMITED SALAD CART(Variety of lower fat toppings(Honey & Mustard, red devil, or the fatter mayo/thousandislands etc) plenty of lettuce/carrot/pineapple/sultanas/beans/beetroot.

Bulking? Go for the mixed greasy grill & carby salad cart options(Unlimited)
For those who need PWO carbs theres Potato salad, Pesto type pasta shells, Unlimited freshly baked white or wholemeal rolls.

Budget? Before 6.30 its "Early bird" a good few options(Spit roasts, etc) are around £4.99 or £5.99. They serve free tap water, but soda is reasonable.

Love it, cheap, i leave full up and depending on if im bothered by calories ill either go for the big grill type meals(Sausage, black puding, etc ec) orill go with lean chicken/gammon & jacket potato then pick the lower calorie salad options off the free cart to boost up the size of my meal.

Desert = Rocky horror fudge cake is awesome.
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 09:35:01 (permalink)
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As mentioned a couple of times, I don't think you can go far wrong with Nandos for either cutting or bulking.

I'm cutting at present and have been eating there quite often as of late. Love the place!
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 16:17:56 (permalink)
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http://www.rodiziorico.com/

Location:-
Wesbourne Park-London
Upper St islington-London
O2 Arena-London

£- roughly £30/head with 2 x drinks.

Food:-

this place is to bb'ing like a church is to christianity...

more suited to the bulkers amongst us although dieters will be able to enjoy this too...

The meal starts off by helping yourself to the salad bar from which you can choose everything from broccoli through to pasta and potato salad and boiled eggs.
once you are seated with whatever bits and pieces you have helped youreself to, waiters and waitresses will come round with various selections of BBQ'd prime meat cuts & poultry (protein)...

you can eat as much as you like, different meats are constantly brought for you to enjoy and you can go back to the salad bar as much as you like.

Highly recommended.

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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 16:34:09 (permalink)
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Holy crap, that place is a dream. Only in London? Damn!

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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 18:52:49 (permalink)
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Another vote for Nandos, all hail the free chicken loyalty card!!  I have a free whole chicken next time I nando!  Which will probs be tomorrow!! :D
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 19:35:17 (permalink)
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anabolicjay

http://www.rodiziorico.com/

Location:-
Wesbourne Park-London
Upper St islington-London
O2 Arena-London

£- roughly £30/head with 2 x drinks.

Food:-

this place is to bb'ing like a church is to christianity...

more suited to the bulkers amongst us although dieters will be able to enjoy this too...

The meal starts off by helping yourself to the salad bar from which you can choose everything from broccoli through to pasta and potato salad and boiled eggs.
once you are seated with whatever bits and pieces you have helped youreself to, waiters and waitresses will come round with various selections of BBQ'd prime meat cuts & poultry (protein)...

you can eat as much as you like, different meats are constantly brought for you to enjoy and you can go back to the salad bar as much as you like.

Highly recommended.



Sounds like just the sort of place this thread is aiming at.

And please god no more Nandos!

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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 19:51:30 (permalink)
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i personally think nandos food is pretty crap

i like a good feast as much as the next man but eating ridiculous amounts of any type of food is only gunna add fat.. not that beneficial

would be kool if there was a restaurant serving al a carte / gourmet food with all the nutritonal info listed on the menu maybe

quality not quantity

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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 19:57:09 (permalink)
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Hungry Horse pubs

Massive 16oz steaks, can sub chips for spuds or salad
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/30 20:47:51 (permalink)
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Most restaurants can cater for a clean diet, it's all a case of what you choose to eat when you go.

If you're dieting then I'd suggest not even looking at the menu if you're easily tempted.

I usually have grilled salmon and baked potato with veg or salad. Most will have some form of white fish, steak, or roast chicken, just ask for them to be served without sauce.
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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/31 07:28:26 (permalink)
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Cosmo - Bristol/Swindon/Anywhere

All you can eat, selve service chinese, thai, japanese food etc. Plenty of everything you'd expect from a Chinese on tap plus, sushi, currys, dozens of king prawn dishes as well as a grill bar that does king prawns, pork and beef steaks on demand.

Personal best: 7 plates.

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Re:Restaraunts suited to bodybuilders 2009/03/31 10:37:40 (permalink)
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rodiziorico id second, went to the one on upper street the selection of salads and meats is ideal!
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