Dietary Options

For Carb-Conscious Diners

Generally, the foods lowest in carbohydrates include fats, eggs, fish, meat and poultry prepared without breading or sweet sauces. Leafy greens and other fresh vegetables, as well as steamed vegetables (with some exceptions) are also fairly low in carbohydrates.

The following foods served in our restaurants contain five grams or less of carbohydrates per serving:
Meats
(a serving is 3 oz., or about the size of a deck of cards) Carved Roast Beef, Baked Chicken, Taco Meat, Hot Wings, Carved Ham, Beef Patties, Hamburger Patties, Carved Salmon, Baked Fish

Gravies and Sauces
(a serving is one 2 fl. oz. ladle) Chicken Gravy, Beef Gravy, Au Jus

Salads
(a serving is one cup) Tossed Green Salad, Spring Greens, Caesar Salad

Salad Dressings and Condiments
(a serving is one 1 fl. oz ladle) Blue Cheese Dressing, Italian Dressing, Salsa, Creamy Italian Dressing, Ranch Dressing, Reduced-Fat Ranch Dressing, Low-Fat Italian Dressing, Raspberry Vinaigrette

Vegetables
(a serving is one cup) German Boiled Cabbage, Green Cabbage, Montreal Vegetable Medley, Sauerkraut, Joe's Cracked Pepper Beans, Turnip Greens, Italian Green Beans, Collard Greens, Sautéed Zucchini, Green Beans El Greco, Steamed Broccoli

Low Fat

Looking for low fat options? We can help with many great choices!

The Salad Bar
First, think "salad bar" and imagine the possibilities. Help yourself to an abundance of: Tossed Green Salad, Spring Greens, Pickled Beets, Fresh Carrots, Red Onions, Fresh Mushrooms, Broccoli Florets, Fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Fresh Cucumbers, Fresh Fruits - all are naturally fat free!

Dressing
Italian Dressing, Salsa, Creamy Italian Dressing, Ranch Dressing, Tartar Sauce, Reduced Fat Ranch Dressing, Low Fat Italian Dressing, Thousand Island Dressing, Raspberry Vinaigrette (a serving is 1 fl. oz. ladle) - all contain 6 grams of fat or less per serving (30 grams, 1 ladle).

Avoid or limit creamy salads and cheeses. Choose your favorite dressing from our selection of fat-restricted salad dressings: Fat Free Creamy Italian, Reduced-Calorie Italian, No-Fat French, Reduced-Fat Ranch, Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Soup
Try one of our homestyle broth-based soups. The following suggestions provide 2 grams of fat or less per 4 oz. serving (1 ladle): Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Rice Soup, Navy Bean Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup.

Meat
Choose one serving (3 oz., about the size of a deck of cards) of: Carved Roast Beef, Carved Ham, Baked Chicken Breast (remove the skin), Baked Fish - all provide 15 grams of fat or less per serving.

Vegetables
Choose one or more portions from our delicious variety of cooked vegetables. May we suggest: Steamed Corn, Steamed Carrots, Green Beans, Turnip or Collard Greens, Brussel Sprouts, Vegetable Stir-Fry - all provide 3 grams of fat or less per 3 oz. (1 spoon) serving.

Add a spoon of:
Candied Yams, White Rice, Red Beans and Rice, Red Potatoes, Lima Beans, Baked Beans, Pinto Beans, Red Beans, or a Baked Sweet Potato or Baked Potato - all provide less than 2 grams of fat per 3 oz. (1 spoon or 1 potato) serving.

For a low fat sauce or gravy, try a ladle of:
Chicken Gravy, Beef Gravy - all provide 2 grams of fat or less per 2 fl. oz. ladle.

Menu varies by location.

Diabetic Info

Diabetes experts say that the best food plan for someone with diabetes is similar to a healthy food plan for just about anyone. Making good food choices is the key! For your individualized food plan, consult with your physician who can recommend a registered dietitian. A registered dietitian will work with you in developing a food plan that works for your lifestyle. Typically, food plans include a serving of:

-Meat or Fish
-Potato or Rice
-Vegetables
-Fruit or approved dessert.


Food plans for people with diabetes now focus on counting carbohydrate choices. At Old Country Buffet, we make it even easier to implement your plan by helping you understand the carbohydrate content of many of our foods. You can plan your meal ahead of time, or bring your food plan with you to our restaurants. Then help yourself to many great choices from leafy salad greens to fresh fruits, to lean meats, fish and beans, to rice pilaf or potatoes, to savory steamed vegetables and desserts made without added sugar. So many choices to enjoy!

Menu varies by location.