Kidney Diet Tips

Dining Out Successfully at Coney Island

Our next foodie adventure takes us to Coney Island. There are so many different Coney Island restaurants all across the United States. One thing for sure is that you are bound to find something that fits your kidney diet with all the different menu options that are available to you.

Caution: Salt Ahead

The biggest thing to watch out for when dining at a Coney Island restaurant is the salt content of the items that are served. Typically on a kidney diet it is suggested to aim below 2000 mg of sodium a day. Some of the items that are on Coney Island menus can exceed this amount. A whole day’s worth of sodium in a single meal is definitely not kidney-friendly!

Best Choices

Below is a list of food options that are lower in salt content and that may fit well with your diet. Always consult your dietitian or doctor for the specific diet that is right for you as kidney diet guidelines vary for each individual.


  • Eggs
  • English Muffin
  • Omelet-Chicken, Greek or Vegetarian
  • Oatmeal
  • Toast-white, wheat or rye

Avoid high sodium/phosphorus containing breakfast items such as bacon, sausage, pancakes biscuits, and gravy. Also, if you are on a low-potassium diet, avoid hash browns, which are high in potassium.


  • Cup of chicken lemon rice soup

All the other soups available are too high in salt content.


  • Baby Greek Salad-minus beets and olives
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Tossed or Garden Salad
  • Tuna Salad

Sandwiches and Entrées

  • Egg Salad Pita
  • Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken Fajita Wrap
  • Grilled Chicken Gyro
  • Grilled Chicken Pita
  • Hamburger
  • Salmon Burger
  • Turkey Burger
  • Tuna Pita

On the burgers you can leave off the tomatoes and cheese or order a lower phosphorus cheese such as feta or soft goat cheese.

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Chicken Kebab
  • Chicken or Vegetable Stir-Fry

For the main entrée side dish order rice instead of fries.

Enjoy your next Coney Island restaurant experience and share your favorite kidney-friendly meal with me.

Deanna Denny, RD

Deanna Denny, RD

Deanna Denny is currently a DaVita renal dietitian and has worked in the dietetics field for over 5 years. She is an avid foodie; loves exploring foods from all sorts of areas and cultures. She has a one year old Australian shepherd named Ace who means the world to her. She's a huge animal lover. She also enjoys traveling and spending time at home with her boyfriend and puppy.