What food/drinks would you like to see in a Paleo store/restaurant?
My investors and I are thinking of opening a store/restaurant that sells Paleo food,cooked and uncooked,drinks and soups. Do you have a favorite meal or dish that you would eat everyday? Please let me know the best Paleo meal you ever had. Thanks
An offal mixed grill.
But more specifically.... I can find stuff the jives with what I feel is healthy/nutritious here in San Diego, but it's always cooked in some sort of crap oil. There is a restaurant out here that is close, called The Linkery which has french fries cooked in tallow, but sadly the rest of their meats and foods are cooked in vegetable oils. Finding grass-fed meats is getting easier... cause it's trending right now, but the industrial oils thing isn't, from what I have seen.
What about a grocery store with a ready-to-eat deli section. Meat on a stick is always good. Chicken heart kabobs with a little smoked salt would be my dream find at a deli.
If it is a store, a collection of condiments made without industrial veg. oils, refined salt, and sugar, especially bbq sauce and mayo. I had nettle pesto at a restaurant a few weeks ago and it was divine, if you could have that in the freezer section, I would be there every week.
Grass-fed/finished/free-range roasted meat of any kind.
Free-range egg quiche with a gluten-free crust.
Veggies sauteed in lard or butter.
If you are doing dairy, then raw milk smoothies & kefir.
Low sugar gluten-free treats.
My fave restaurant with Paleo options is an Afro-Carribean place called Jambo. I LOVE the Jamaican jerk chicken with fried plantains instead of rice and beans.
ETA: Chicken liver paté & fruit-sweetened gelatin (I am not a fan of most offal, but these work for me!)
Best thing you could do would be to form relationships with local providers of meat and vegetables and use that as part of your selling points. A lot of us going paleo are making the added leap of eating locally and sustainably. For people in areas like san francisco, you typically avoid stores if you can and shop at the farmers markets. The only stores I do go in are the ones that sell meat from local farms or that carry things like raw dairy or grass-fed ghee. That aside, invest in suppliers that have BPA free cans and advertise this.
I'd frequent a restaurant that had some harder to make meals like some types of offal that I don't want to deal with at home or some slow cooked things...certain roasts or stews that are easy to make in huge batches and easy to eat on the go in a soup cup would be good too. I'm tired of eating burgers on lettuce at every restaurant I go to.
You could have the cooking oil be an option on the menu. Sort of like how sandwich places give you your choice of bread, you could offer each cooked meal with a choice of fats: tallow, lard, ghee, coconut. That would be really awesome.
Bacon skewers, bacon stew, bacon soup, bacon chili, bacon burgers, bacon wrapped shrimp, bacon wrapped bacon.
Deep fried bacon, grilled bacon. toasted bacon, bacon salad with bacon dressing.
Bacon ice cream. bacon tea, bacon juice and smoothies.
Here's a menu that come's close, they've even got bacon-onion jam!
I want to see the type of "crazy" animal product selection I can find at my local Asian markets (tongues, hearts, livers, kidneys, organs of the reproductive system, tripe, brainzzz, feet/hooves, bones and more from all sorts of different animals) but guaranteed to be pastured/grassfed/free-range/humanely-raised.
And some kind of paleo hotbar that makes use of these strange ingredients. It'd be a good way to get people, who maybe are afraid to buy a bunch of something weird and foreign, to try it and see if they like it.
Store: coconut aminos, quality oils, paleo-jerky, raw soaked nuts, paleo cured meats, marinated meats in paleo spices/sauces, different nut butters, pastured chicken eggs that havent been grain, soy, or corn fed, grass finished meat, pastured pork. Also a zero tollerance policy for anything containing GMOs.
Restaurant: coconut milk smoothies, strange meats I am too afraid to make myself, bone broth - also available to go in bulk, different nut butters, pulled pork in a paleo sauce, curries, meatballs, labour intensive foods that deviate from typical quick and easy home meals.
Totally agree with everyone above!
Please bring your ideas to Vancouver, BC, Canada. We got nothing!
Before anyone jumps on my ass for this, I just want to say that I understand that it's important to eat 'real' food that is not a recreation of all the bad western so called civilized crap we made ourselves sick and fat on. When I'm cooking for myself and family/friends that is what I do. To me, going out is special and instead of eating regular resturaunt fair that will make me sick and grumpy I would love to be able to go somewhere and eat Paleo recreations of my favorite resturaunt foods.
Paleo Italian with zucchini noodles, Paleo lasagna, or hell, Paleo pizza! I also really miss Bolgonese which has f'ing dairy in it. Eating out is a treat so yeah, it would be great if I could go there for some delicious simple food, but it would be more of a treat if there were special foods there that I couldn't (or just don't) really make myself, like fried chicken! Pecan crusted salmon with pureed radish or cauliflower sounds really good right now. Oh, or chicken salad with some sort of paleo cracker!
Please consider using clarified butter/ghee if you are going to offer dairy. Ghee is amazing and is the only dairy I can eat. The protein in regular butter and dairy products (plus the lactose) kills me. I cannot f around with it. So just know that I would fly to wherever this store/resturaunt is just to give you my business if you offered ghee as an option. Also, you could have t-shirts made that say 'Ghee Matters', 'Hands Off My Ghee', or maybe 'Ghee is from God' and I would wear them and help advertise your place. :-)
We have a very successful model of this resturaunt-store idea here in Austin called Mandola's Italian Market: http://www.mandolasmarket.com/Index.html. It's not a regular sit down resturaunt and I think that's why it works. You enter the 'store' part, stand in line for a short while to place your order, take a number and grab a seat. We always end up buying fancy olive oil or something while we're waiting. Anyway, it seems very successful so might be a good model to look at if you're ever in town.
Another strange idea that has really worked here is Snap Kitchen. They offered prepared meals, some of which are actually Paleo, that you can either pick up or eat there. It's set up like a store so you go and shop the wall and take your selections up to the front. www.snapkitchen.com
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