In this post, you’ll learn how to order low carb at Dunkin Donuts.
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I’m on a mission to order low carb at the top 30 fast food chains in the US. For each fast food restaurant I’m evaluating:
- Availability of low carb entrees (less than 20 net carbs).
- Satiety of low carb entrees.
- Price of low carb entrees.
- Taste of low carb entrees.
- Ordering experience.
My most recent stop was at Dunkin Donuts which has a location 4.2 miles away from my house. That’s not far enough.
I don’t advise going to Dunkin Donuts if you’re serious about sticking to low carb. There are too many triggers. This guide is useful for those random work or social situations where you’ve been chosen to do the breakfast order and Dunkin Donuts is mandated.
I rate Dunkin Donuts as low carb challenging because none of the food on the menu is low carb and their behind-the-counter display case is chock full of temptation. Maybe you can go in and get a keto coffee at Dunkin Donuts, but otherwise for food you’ll have to survive by special ordering a bunless bakery sandwich or breakfast sandwich.
- Low carb friendly – No.
- Low carb entrees on menu – No. And interestingly, after asking an employee, I learned Dunkin Donuts has no vegetable ingredients in their stores — no lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, etc.
- Satiety of low carb entrees – Average. For my lunch order at Dunkin Donuts, I got a bunless Chicken Bacon Sandwich, a bunless Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Sandwich, and a bunless Chicken Salad Sandwich. Eating all three made me full but that’s pretty substantial order that most won’t be willing to do. For breakfast, I got two bunless breakfast sandwiches that were pretty filling.
- Taste of low carb entrees – Average. For my lunch order, the fried chicken on the bunless Chicken Bacon Sandwich was not crispy enough. The chicken salad was too gooey because it was mostly mayo mixed with some minced chicken pieces. The bunless turkey, bacon, & cheddar was pretty good. My two bunless breakfast sandwiches were good.
- Price / value of low carb entrees – Average. I paid $10.47 for my three bunless sandwiches for lunch. I paid $7.18 for my two bunless breakfast sandwiches.
- Ordering experience – Below Average. The whole Dunkin Donuts staff needed to huddle to figure out how to handle my lunch order. I was a little uncomfortable holding up the person behind me. The breakfast order placed through the drive-thru went more smoothly.
What I ordered
My first time into Dunkin Donuts was for lunch. Who goes to Dunkin Donuts for lunch? This crazy person.
I tried to order their tuna salad sandwich which is featured prominently on their website, but before I could utter the words, “no bun please,” the cashier scurried away see if they had tuna salad in stock. She returned to tell me they did not have tuna salad but could substitute a chicken salad. That worked for me.
I requested the chicken salad sandwich with no bun and the cashier invited another employee to the register to figure out how to key it in. They were trying to figure out how to discount the sandwich for me, which I appreciated, but it also made me uncomfortable to hold up the line. They decided to give me a $1.00 off, which was nice.
Then I really blew their minds. I wanted to order more bunless sandwiches.
To handle my edge-case order, she invited her manager to the register. He asked me if I was deaf because I was scanning my handwritten order sheet and didn’t hear him mumble a question to me.
After that awkwardness, he explained they could not discount the sandwiches when served without the bun. That was fine with me — I never requested special pricing to begin with — as long as they could serve the sandwiches without a bun, cool with me. He acknowledged that they could serve the sandwiches without a bun and took my order: one Chicken Salad Sandwich (no bun), one Turkey Cheddar Bacon sandwich (no bun), and one Chicken Bacon Sandwich (no bun).
It took them about 5 minutes to prepare the sandwiches and serve me. That’s not a long time if you’re ordering in a normal restaurant, but in fast food time it felt like a millennium.
I ate the turkey bacon cheddar sandwich first and it was pretty good. Not filling, but very good.
The chicken bacon cheddar sandwich was OK. The fried chicken breast filet was soft than expected and had some gristle-y bites to it. I prefer it crispy. Chick-Fil-A has a much better bunless fried chicken sandwich if you’re in the mood.
I forgot to request they hold the sauce on the chicken bacon cheddar sandwich and it had some sort of honey / horseradish combo sauce on it that seemed high carb. That probably added 5-10 carbs to the sandwich.
The chicken salad was barely edible for my tastes. It was gooey-er and had fewer chunks of chicken that I’m accustomed to.
I’m a glutton for punishment so I returned the next day to try their breakfast fare. I didn’t get there til 3pm but luckily they serve breakfast the whole day. After researching their menu online, I decided to order the bun bunless Angus Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel and the bunless Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit via the drive-thru.I had to reiterate my order a few times, but otherwise it went smoothly.
The cheese ended up melting in the bag before I got it home so there were only cheese remnants left to eat. Still, both breakfast sandwiches were pretty good. I recommend them below.
What you should order
If you’re ordering breakfast, I recommend the bunless Angus Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel and the bunless Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit.
If you’re ordering something for lunch, get two or three bunless Turkey Bacon Cheddar sandwiches with an extra slice of cheese and easy on the sauce. That’ll be safely low carb and delicious at 190 calories and about 3 carbs per sandwich.
What you can order
Not much. After reviewing the 500+ things on their online menu, I found only 10 things that you could special order low carb:
- Angus Steak, Egg and Cheese Sandwich (No Bun)
- Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich (No Bun)
- Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich (No Bun)
- Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich (No Bun)
- Sausage, Egg & Cheese on Biscuit (No Bun)
- Chicken Bacon Ciabatta Sandwich (No Ciabatta Roll)
- Chicken Salad Cup (No Croissant)
- Ham and Cheddar Ciabatta Sandwich (No Ciabatta Roll)
- Tuna Salad Sandwich (No Bagel – may not be available)
- Turkey Cheddar Bacon Ciabatta Sandwich (No Ciabatta Roll)
It’s the same, custom low carb menu I used to plan my order before going to Dunkin Donuts and being asked if I was deaf because I was looking at a piece of paper with my pre-planned orders written down.
What you should avoid
Going to Dunkin Donuts.
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