In this post, you’ll learn how to quickly and comfortably order low carb at Domino’s. It’s useful if you’ve been forced to eat there due to a social obligation.
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 Domino’s which leases a tiny corner space in an unwelcoming strip mall two miles from my house. I guess pizza don’t care where it’s baked.
Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle sells addicting product faster than Pablo Escobar and has seen his company’s share price rise 2000% this decade — outpacing Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon over the same span.
He’s done right by his shareholders, but let’s see how well his strategies accommodate low carb dieters.
Overall Ratings for Domino’s
I rate Domino’s as low carb unfriendly because the low carb options are limited, somewhat frustrating, and relatively expensive.
- Low carb friendly – No.
- Low carb entrees on menu – Yes, but limited. They have a baked chicken wings section on the menu.
- Satiety of low carb entrees – Average. My 8 piece chicken wing order wasn’t enough to fill me up, but their 14-count would have. Eating all the toppings off a large pizza was filling, but most of it was cheese.
- Taste of low carb entrees – Above Average. The low carb Domino’s wings were pretty good — better than Pizza Hut — but not as good as the wings from you get from a wing joint. The toppings on the large pizza tasted amazing.
- Price / value of low carb entrees – Below Average. It was $6.99 for 8 wings which is a decent value until you realize the wings aren’t big enough to fill you up. The next size up is a 14-count for $11.99 which is the right size for a low carb adult eating wings as their full meal. Eating the toppings off a large pizza cost me $9.24 with a coupon I found online.
- Ordering experience – Average. The online ordering was smooth though the website design and nutrition section layout are hilariously bad for a $6 Billion company. My cashier was friendly during carryout though he had a hard time understanding what I meant when I asked if they ever made pizza without the crusts.
Despite the uptick in low carb eating, it’s still hard to find low carb pizza at restaurants with Fathead crusts or cauliflower crusts and fast food chains like Domino’s are no different. If you’re stuck ordering from a pizza place due to work or social obligation, I give a slight edge to Domino’s versus Pizza Hut’s low carb pizza options, as Domino’s pizza is more affordable and has better wings.
What I ordered
My first entree was an 8-count of Baked Plain Wings with a side of Kicker Hot Sauce.
The wings are lightly breaded then baked and served in a foil and cardboard assembly that does a respectable job of keeping the wings hot and crisp. The Plain Wings were very good by themselves and even more delicious when dipped in the Kicker Sauce.
From a taste and smell perspective, I give the low carb Domino’s wings a large edge over the low carb Pizza Hut wings.
I should point out that from a low carb perspective, the Domino’s wings are a risky order, yielding about 400 calories for 14 net carbs. I’d only get them at times when you have plenty of carbs left to ration.
My second Domino’s entree was a Large Brooklyn Crust Pizza where I scooped the toppings off and ate them. I tried ordering crustless pizza but the cashier didn’t really understand what I was asking for. He kept steering to me their thin crust options because they have the least amount of crust.
The toppings were good, but cost $9.24 with a coupon and rely on a hefty clump of cheese to fill you up. You have to be disciplined to not eat the crust and ideologically extreme enough to throw the crust away because you know it’s not good for anyone. That’s me :).
If you eat half the toppings off the pizza I ordered, you’d get about 800 calories and 10-12 net carbs.
What you should order
Order a Large Hand Tossed Pizza with Garlic Parm White Sauce, Sausage, Pepperoni, & Olives and get busy scraping the toppings into a bowl.
You’re getting a white sauce pizza because the white sauce has the fewest carbs and most calories. Similarly, the sausage, pepperoni, and olives are low carb and high calorie.
The toppings from this pizza will give you about 2,000 calories and 20 net carbs to play with.
What you can order
The Plain Chicken Wings are 7 net carbs for every 4 pieces. You can get them on days where you have plenty of carbs left to ration.
For pizza toppings, you want to stick to ordering the Garlic Parm White Sauce instead of the traditional red pizza sauces because the white sauce has fewer carbs and higher calories.
In terms of the other toppings, pretty much all are fair game except for pineapple. I do recommend getting high calorie meats such as sausage, bacon, or pepperoni to make sure the toppings are filling since you’ll be spending a fair amount of money on the pizza and don’t want to eat it all and still be hungry.
They have two low carbs salads on the menu, the Garden Salad and the Chicken Caesar. Both are sucker plays at $6.49 for only 120 calories and 2 net carbs.
Domino’s thankfully doesn’t serve breakfast which saved me a trip and validates my premise that the most successful fast food chains focus on things they do best.
It’s a good to review my low carb Domino’s menu before calling them. I’ve found that having a plan helps prevent ordering anxiety and keeps me from getting suckered into special offers.
What you should avoid
You can’t eat the Domino’s doughs, crusts, breadsticks, cheesy breads, sandwiches, pastas, or specialty chicken thingies (look like over-sized chicken bites), All have too many carbs.
Here is a list of the trickiest items to avoid:
BBQ – 14g net carbs
Sweet Mango Habanero – 17g net carbs
Marinara – 5g net carbs
Ken’s Lite Balsamic with Olive Oil Vinaigrette – 5g net carbs for 90 calories (RISKY)
Chicken Apple Pecan Salad – 8 net carbs for 100 Calories
Classic Hot Buffalo Specialty Chicken – 13 net carbs for 180 calories
Crispy Bacon & Tomato Specialty Chicken – 15 net carbs for 250 calories
Spicy Jalapeno & Pineapple Specialty Chicken – 21 net carbs for 180 calories
Sweet BBQ Bacon Specialty Chicken – 20 net carbs for 210 calories
Boneless Chicken – 18 net carbs for 170 calories
BBQ Wings – 18 net carbs for 240 calories
Sweet Mango Habanero Wings – 20 net carbs for 240 calories
Red BBQ Wings – 15 net carbs for 230 calories
Traditional Pizza Sauce – 2 net carbs and 10 calories per slice
Hearty Marinara Sauce – 2 net carbs and 15 calories per slice
Pineapple – 5 net carbs per slice for 20 calories
Onions – 2 net carbs per slice for 10 calories (RISKY)
Specialty Pizza Toppings
Memphis BBQ Chicken – 10 net carbs for 210 calories (RISKY)
Honolulu Hawaiian – 10 net carbs for 200 calories (RISKY)
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