If you’re a bodybuilder, you know that outside of following an exercise regimen to build muscle, you need to be consuming as much as you can to add good weight. Note that I said “good weight”, because just anything that is high-calorie will certainly help you gain mass, but you want healthy options that are packed with protein so that you are adding the kind of pounds that you seek and not just piling on fat.
It takes a lot of time in the kitchen to get the body you want, but what if you are out of the house? Below we’ll list the best restaurants in the world when it comes to bodybuilding.
What Restaurants Are Good for Bodybuilders?
To start off, let’s go with some national brands, big chain restaurants that you can find in any metropolitan area, and then further below we’ll get into restaurants that may be a single location exclusive to one area.
Chicken is an amazing source of lean protein, the building block of muscle. Surely there is a restaurant near you that specializes in this. I’m talking about places like Buffalo Wild Wings, Wing Stop, even Hooters if you go there for their wings. The key is to not slather them in the fattening sauce that adds unneeded bad calories. You want the chicken primarily.
Fresh fish is another great source as well as being high in Omega-3’s. Fish is an incredibly healthy option altogether. Regardless of whether or not you are bodybuilding, shoot for at least one meal of fresh fish (salmon is a favorite choice and widely available) during the week. I’m sure you can think of a seafood eatery near you that can fill this need.
Breakfast / Delis
Eggs, particularly egg whites, are one of the top kinds of protein that you can put in your body. Find your favorite breakfast or brunch place and load up on some delicious eggs. Get them in an omelette with other proteins like ham, bacon, sausage and you have one protein-filled plate!
We had to put this on the list because certainly there is one in your area, and you know how delicious it is! Chipotle offers a simple menu that remains quite effective for those looking to build muscle. With a few different meat options (and the option for a double scoop if you pay extra), it’s a great source of protein and calories and all at an affordable price.
As for specific restaurants that specialize in high protein meals for bodybuilders, you’ll want to check these out if you’re in the area:
Protein House – Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas is home to many professional bodybuilders, so it’s no wonder that a restaurant such as this opened it’s door to fill this need. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all are available in a “build your own” style with fresh menu items that offer clean eating and tons of macronutrients. Features of this restaurant include a smoothie bar with your choice of protein powders and creatine, “build your own bowl” with a wide variety of meat options, and their famous protein pancakes.
Check out their full menu and location information on their website here.
Rocbody Fitness Cafe – New Rochelle, NY
This eatery was created for those who have their health in mind. Tons of health-conscious options make this a local favorite for fitness enthusiasts. What makes this place unique is that it offers different menu options depending on what your fitness goals are, whether it be muscle building, fat loss, endurance, or other aspirations. On top of that, they have a wide variety of protein shakes. For the big eaters, they even have a part of the menu called the “Gorilla Club” with their high-calorie options.
Find out more about Rocbody on their website.
The Firehouse – Venice Beach, CA
It makes sense that there is going to be a place like this in Venice Beach, home of “Muscle Beach” and the birthplace of Gold’s Gym where Arnold Schwarzeneggar built his muscle. Visit this place and you will no doubt see some bodybuilders, most certainly eating off the “Bodybuilders Menu” that they offer. There is a wide variety of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this is a great place to go if you’re looking to get big!
Get more details on their website here.