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Sensitive stomach friendly restuarants

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by wellmel, Jul 9, 2015.

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  1. wellmel

    wellmel Low-Roller

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    I recently was diagnosed with either GERD or an ulcer, the doctors are still trying to figure it out through changing my diet. Either way, I need to eat super healthy for a while.

    Can anyone suggest any restaurants with more healthy friendly menus.

    I can't have anything with high fat content, fried, greasy, garlic or onion, no caffeine, no chocolate, no high sugar, no tomato, no cheese unless it's goat or feta, I need high protein, no alcohol, no citrus, only whole grain wheats, brown rice/etc. Ugh and there's probably more I'm not remembering.

    It's horrible eating like this but things have gotten slightly better.

    Any recommendations? Or even entrees I can get at some nice restaurants that would match these descriptions? I can have a little leeway but not much because my symptoms are so severe.
     
  2. kittyglitter_mm

    kittyglitter_mm Low-Roller

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    Sushi would be good if you could get brown rice. Most places have grilled or baked chicken and fish. Just ask them to prepare it plain.
     
  3. Sonya

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    I've been "clean eating" for about a year now and doing it while traveling is the most challenging. Most restaurants will have a salad selection that will work for me and many will make substitutions for me (ie, swap veggies for pasta or potato, etc). The alcohol thing in Vegas is the hardest for me. I've been experimenting with no-sugar drinks and so far, nothing I love. I can do a vodka tonic with lemon, but it's not quite a Lemon Drop, is it? :)

    My biggest piece of advice is not to be afraid to ask questions of the servers. Usually they are quite helpful and can suggest substitutions or menu items that will work for you.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

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    I had a friend in the same situation as you and he was also going through some other issues at the time. Dining out for him was particularly stressful. We were in Las Vegas on business and went to dinner at the Capital Grille. Bob was very nervous about his food preparation. The waitress took his hand, asked him to stand up, brought him in the kitchen to meet the Chef and ask all the questions he wanted. He and I had a wonderful meal. Last nice one we had together as he's no longer with us.

    After that meal I called their corporate HQ, got the President no less and told him the story and how much it meant to Bob and to me. He asked the name of the waitress and said he would award her. I'm sure he did.

    I point this out for two reasons. One, very nice service at a decent chain steak house. No, it's not the best in Las Vegas but the service there sure made a difference for me. Second, just ask. If they refuse to make any allowances for your diet, get up and leave. You are under no contract to order food just because they seated you. If you don't like what they've prepared, ask them to prepare it again. If the waitress or waiter isn't around to ask that question, go into the kitchen yourself and ask. Trust me, the latter gets their attention real fast! Works every time. I know.

    The vast majority of restaurants want you to be happy so you'll come back again. Just because they have a menu doesn't mean that's all they'll prepare. Maybe on Mother's Day or Thanksgiving they'll be inflexible if they are real busy but I ask for special meals quite often, or maybe a substitution. Most of the time they happily accommodate me. Those that don't won't get my business again.

    Bottom line, almost any good steakhouse on and off the strip will help, or try some seafood? I bet the Peppermill will make anything anyway you want. I also highly recommend the America Cafe at NYNY. They have poached salmon (good fats and oil) and eggs that's my usual breakfast as well at Bellagio Cafe and Planet Dailies at Planet Hollywood. All have been very good at special requests, great food and great service.

    For the record, over 30 years ago I suffered from ulcers. I had a somewhat nutty Doctor who recommended I start eating hot peppers! I damn near shot him at the suggestion! He pointed out that the capsaicin in the peppers is what makes your nose produce mucous and may also do the same in the stomach. Also, it is the only known chemical to kill pyelobacteria, the bacteria in the stomach that were causing my ulcers in the first place. Well after a few uncomfortable weeks I was off ulcer medication! No more stomach bleeds! Oh, and those special requests for the cafes? I usually ask for half a fresh habanero pepper chopped up in my scrambled eggs!

    Best of wishes to you, I hope you heal soon.
     
  5. marcianofan

    marcianofan Low-Roller

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    I very much feel for you. I've fought ulcerative colitis for over 25 years and even had to have a totalcolectomy surgery for it . Eating out can be very tough sometimes but Vegas has so many choices, options, restaurants. I think you might like a stir fry with brown rice, I've seen some served at some buffets around LV. I get tired of eating sandwiches but they almost always sit well on me, but I'm not sure if you could have one? The people that mentioned fish also sounds like a good idea. Anyways, I wish you luck...
     
  6. JWBlue

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    I have a sensitive stomach as well. I am gluten sensitive.

    General advice.

    When eating pasta, I would eat the whole wheat variety. It digests A LOT easier. Macaroni Grill serves the best whole wheat pasta on the planet and I am not exaggerating. I was blown away. It is relatively near The Strip.

    As someone mentioned, brown rice is a better choice versus white.
     
  7. shifter

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    My wife eats similarly but with even more restrictions.

    We have no problem at most higher end places that will make you whatever you want.

    Le Cirque, Mansion dining room, CraftSteak, etc.
     
  8. Royal Flusher

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    I don't know much about this but I'll offer what I can, perhaps it may help - I seemed to notice that Wynn/Encore have a policy of having Vegan/Vegetarian options at all of their restaurants, and it seems to me that those offerings might be more what you are looking for? Perhaps other Wynn folks can correct me if I'm wrong.
    Good luck!
     
  9. aeb

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    I know how you feel as I was diagnosed with GERD just after Christmas. My wife and I recently returned from 5 nights in Vegas and I had no problems. Dinners were at Nobu, Bardot, Lago, Gordon Ramsey Steak, and Joe's Seafood, Steak, and Stone Crab. I have to watch what I order, but had little issue finding meals that were GERD friendly and also satisfying.
    Obviously, avoid anything spicy such as Mexican. Also, not to go against what your doctors have told you, but white rice and white bread such as sourdough are not acid producers for me. Maybe your docs can give you some options that may help. With some menu research ahead of time you should be fine. Good luck and have a great trip.
     
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    Cheesecake Factory has a huge menu -- they have a skinnylicious menu low fat not fried etc.
     
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    There is a new Pressed Juicery at Aria that has very healthy drinks that would be good for breakfast or snacks. Their aloe Vera water might be good for you to drink as well. Stay away from the citrus based drinks obviously.
     
  13. Candydave

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    I feel for you and can relate. About 10 years ago, I thought I was having a heart attach, and after months worth of tests and specialists, I was diagnosed with GERD. Not fun, specially for a foodie like myself. I can give you a few suggestions that have worked for me over years of trials and errors.

    1. Make your biggest meal lunch instead of dinner. We choose buffets a lot of the time because you can always find something to eat. There are always salad bars and carving stations with meat choices. Baked sweet potatoes, rice, veggies, and white pizza and pastas are all good choices. By making lunch the biggest meal, I've been able to get away with eating things I shouldn't without many issues. Maybe because the food has time to disgust before going to sleep.
    2. Limit the alcohol. I order club sodas now and add my own flavoring (packets with fruit favors) instead of alcohol. If I do want a drink, I will order one a few hours before bedtime and make sure and eat a little snack with the drink.
    3. Avoid anything tomato based, really greasy food, onions, garlic, and citrus. I had to give up orange juice (boo hoo).
     
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    My wife has colitis and must avoid several types of foods. She found that the Vegas buffet route was the way to go during a 4-day stay.
     
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    Sensi at Bellagio should be pretty good for this. Sushi should work, too, as would probably steakhouses where you can eat poultry or fish (I don't eat beef but still love steakhouses because they tend to do a great job on tuna).
     
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