Fresno’s Keto-Friendly Fare

Carrie Bell
The keto-friendly Mix Grill from Pita Grill in Fresno.

Maintaining a state of ketosis takes constant vigilance, but everyone eventually needs a break from meal planning, a day off from the kitchen, or the treat of having dinner delivered. Delivery from the following Fresno favorites doesn’t mean you have to sit out on the fun or cheat on your diet. 

Bulldog Burger Bistro

At this bistro across the street from Fresno State’s stadium, the hearty meat-forward salads with avocado are a hungry keto dieter’s best friend.

Bulldog Steak Salad

Sate your appetite with this salad featuring chunks of brisket, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocados, bell peppers, and delicious bleu cheese crumbles. To stay in the safe no-carb zone, sub red onions for battered onion straws.

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Chicken Cobb

Opt for the grilled chicken breast tossed with glorious bacon, chopped hard-boiled egg, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and red onion. Leave out the brioche croutons.

Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew

Well, hot diggity dog—this beer and brats bastion has hot dog options for keto devotees, too. 

Farris’ Fiery FresYes Dog

Lock your lips around a bacon-wrapped hot link smothered in caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms, melted cheddar cheese, and Sriracha. It sits on a bed of lettuce instead of a bun.

Jus’ Jo’s Country Kitchen

Rise and dine with homey classics from this Clovis breakfast institution known for huge portions.

Big Boy Pork Chops & Eggs

Pig out on a protein-heavy breakfast. Eggs can be scrambled, hard-boiled, or poached. You’ll have to skip the potatoes and bread, but adding jalapeños and a side of bacon will help buffer those losses.

Vegetarian Omelet

In addition to cheese, it’s filled with spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli, all of which are keto superstars because they are nutrient dense, fiber rich, and low in carbs. Onions are less keto-friendly but ok in small amounts.

Fresno State Sausage

Fresno is a farm town at its heart and thus the college has fantastic agriculture and livestock programs. Several foods are produced in conjunction with those programs including four types of sausage (chicken enchilada, spicy Italian, jalapeño jack cheese, and sweet maple) served here with your choice of eggs.

Yosemite Falls Cafe

It’s easy to fall for this diner which packs plates full of meat, seafood, and veggies. Axe the bun and trade fries for a salad, and you can even order one of the many juicy beef or turkey burgers.

Seared Ahi

This pan-seared ahi appetizer is served with a medley of vegetables and sliced avocado. Skip the ginger dipping sauce (which may have sugar) and request the Caliente Salsa under "Sauce Choice" instead.

Slow Smoked Tri-Tip

Smoked tri-tip steak will happily keep your appetite company as will sides like green salad, fresh steamed vegetables, and spicy green beans.

Poki Bowl Express

Choose wisely, and you can maintain ketosis while experiencing the poke craze, the biggest food trend to come out of Hawaii since shave ice.

Poki Bowl

Choose from two, three or five scoops of protein (shrimp, spicy tuna, salmon, chicken, scallops, or seared ahi tuna) to go over a bed of seaweed salad or mixed greens. (Rice is a no-no, even if it’s of the brown variety.) Add green onions, avocado, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeños, furikake, sesame seeds, peanuts, wasabi, or masago (fish roe) to ratchet up the umami. Sesame chili oil might be your best bet if you simply can’t live without a condiment.

Pita Grill

At Pita Grill, Mediterranean is on the menu. Trust us: Your mouth will thank you.

Baba Ghanoug

Dive into this tasty blend of baked eggplant (low carb but high on fiber, vitamins, and minerals), tahini, garlic, lemon, and parsley that’s topped with olive oil. Garlic, lemon, and parsley add lots of flavor without a lot of sugar or carbs and tahini is roasted sesame seed paste.

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Mix Grill

This meaty feast of chicken and beef kabobs is a carnivores dream come true. It also includes beef lula, which can be substituted for lamb. Trade the hummus, as chickpeas are frowned upon, for a green salad, tabbouleh, or tahini.

High Sierra Grill House

This casual diner is another excellent choice in the a.m.

Ham & Eggs

Eggs cooked to order are complemented by a thick slice of hickory-smoked ham.

Mountain Meat Lover Omelet

This popular egg option is stuffed with bacon, ham, sausage, jack cheese, and cheddar. Take it easy on the side of diced apples: They may keep the doctor away, but are pretty high in carbs as fruits go so they could blow your daily allowance quickly.

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