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Keto Restaurant Favorites

By January 13, 2019December 3rd, 2020Nutrition Education, Videos

Keto Restaurant Favorites


I am almost grateful when Craig lost his job in 2007 because we could no longer afford to eat out at restaurants. At the time we missed date night but we started a new tradition; date night at home making healthier recipes of our restaurant favorites with movies rented from the library!

Writing Keto Restaurant Favorites cookbook was my favorite because I worked in restaurants and coffee shops since I was 15 years old. I spend a lot of time reminiscing about the fun jobs I had and the delicious food I would make.

One of my earliest memories of eating at restaurants is at High View in Medford, WI. If you have ever been to Wisconsin in the spring you know that Friday nights mean fish fry. Friday night fish fry are at just about every restaurant in Wisconsin; including bars and church basements. People gather to socialize and eat copious amounts of fried fish in lieu of lent.  Every Friday at about 5:30pm, my parents would travel with my little brother and I to High View which was a lovely quaint restaurant on a small lake. My brother and I would run out of the station wagon with our fishing pole in hand while my parents entered the restaurant to visit with friends. My brother and I were more interested in catching fish rather than eating it. We would fish until my dad came to tell us that the food was ready and it was time to eat. We ran in quickly to eat so we could get back to our fishing. I eventually became a hostess and a waitress at High View when I turned 16. Every waitress remembers those difficult guests that are hard to please and my mom was the first customer that I remember making me work for my tip. I never brought enough lemon for her broiled fish. I laugh at it now; my parents were my best tippers!

I still love classic restaurant foods such as ravioli and stuffed mushrooms, but instead of feeling the ill effects after eating the ingredients found at most restaurants, we find date night much more enjoyable and affordable by making our own classic restaurant recipes into keto recipes at home while playing Italian Restaurant music as if we were still dining at Olive Garden.

If you are missing your favorite classic restaurant dishes, this book is sure to please! Whether your favorite was Sweet and Sour Chicken, Stuffed Manicotti, Chicken Parmesan, Calzone, Tiramisu, Zuppa Toscana this book has you covered! Not only that, but it is filled with restaurant stories that you will thoroughly enjoy and maybe inspire you to cook some restaurant classics you’ve never tried!

All of my cookbooks have unique keto recipes. I never overlap recipes in my cookbooks!

This video is a preview of my cookbook “Keto Restaurant Favorites“. CLICK HERE to get your copy. It makes a great gift!

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Esperanza Chapa says:

    I purchased this book at Costco and absolutely love it!! Thank you for all your wisdom!!

  • Valerie Geib says:

    Maria, I love all your books and this one is one of my favorites. Eating at home is such a good idea for many reasons, such as controlling what is actually going in your food. Two of my children work in restaurants and have told me stories about the people cooking and handling the food that are ill. One of them also works in Sprouts and tells me the same thing. As a result, not buying food prepared by others, has become a real priority for us. It makes your books even more important to our family. Thank you for your hard work, and may God showers blessings of health and joy onyou and Craig and your sweet boys.

  • Leah says:

    Hi Maria,
    I LOVE all your recipes and videos and books! You are my inspiration to be keto for life. I am type one diabetic and keto changed my blood sugars and my life! I was on my way to having your whole collection of books when I lost my home and everything in it to the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, Ca. I didn’t have this book but I plan to get it when I start to rebuild my collection. Since the day of the fire I have not been staying keto, and recently started back on it again. Do you have any advice for getting back to keto life and sticking to it through hard times? Thanks!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      I am so sorry to hear that. Hope better times are ahead.

      Just jump back in. Being keto can help with moods, etc. 🙂

  • Joyce Bordarampe says:

    Hi Maria,

    I love all of your books and have recommended them to family members and friends, especially because the recipes are so delicious. But I have a question – is there a way to gain weight on a Keto diet? I got severely ill eating raw oysters and lost a lot of weight. At first it was just six pounds, but dehydration followed and I slowly lost another eleven pounds.

    I will admit that I did not realize the importance of sodium intake when I started the Keto diet, as well as the other essential minerals you mention in the beginning of your books, like potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. I believed I was supplementing adequately, but was not gaining back the weight.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Sorry to hear that. Yes you can gain weight on keto. Just up the calories (primarily from fat and protein). Higher fat items like fat bombs, snacks, sauces, etc. can help. 🙂

  • Lee says:

    So have you Keto-fied “Fish n’ Chips”… 🙂

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