I just called Dick's Kitchen in Portland, a Paleo restaurant, to see whether they were generally safe for people sensitive to cross-contamination. I was told I probably wouldn't be safe there. They make their own potato buns, which contain wheat flour, and they don't seem to take precautions to prevent cross-contamination from that wheat flour to other surfaces in their kitchen. They do offer gluten-free buns (prepackaged), but I don't understand why they make their own gluten-containing buns. Why not buy locally-baked buns for their hamburgers, if they want a gluteny option for non-paleo eaters?
They go out of their way to offer vegan options on the menu, and yet they can't cater to the gluten-sensitive by simply not baking buns with wheat flour? Do paleo eaters really want buns that contain wheat flour, anyway?
Has anyone here who is sensitive to cross-contamination eaten there? If so, have you ever gotten glutened?
How can a Paleo restaurant serve potato buns with wheat flour? How Paleo is this?
Paleo should be gluten-free, period. If they are not gluten-free/grain-free, they cannot be Paleo.
It is super easy to combine Paleo and vegan - not even vegetarian, vegan. Omit any kind of animal products.
It is super easy to combine Paleo and Primal - add some cream/butter.
But Paleo and gluten? What else do they add, Paleo MSG? How about serving Paleo vodka a la Caveman?
My Gosh - Paleo is really a broad term. Very soon they will be making Paleo Twix and Paleo Mars bars.
Yep, paleo has jumped the shark. If I'm going to eat gluten, I'm not going to eat it as some culinary ghetto "caveman" restaurant, I'm going to eat some real french bread in Paris or pasta made by a top chef. And for burgers, there are so many burger bars everywhere, that I can just pick the best tasting one and order without the bun. I'm not some kind of "gluten is teh devil" person, but I do think it's beyond dumb to offer modern wheat at a paleo-diet centered restaurant. They could at least use spelt or einkorn or some other kind of heritage wheat.
Basically this isn't an actual Paleo restaurant... Just one willing to market itself as one and offer some Paleo options. While I fully understand needing to appeal to a wide audience to 'make it' in the restaurant industry, offering pseudo-paleo offerings will destroy their credibility...
Checked out the menu, and it appears to be primarily a burger and dog joint with a few paleo and vegan options. They do use grass fed beef and offer some interesting sides, but I'd really like to see a Paleo restaurant that has some innovative salads and focuses on stews, soups, meat, seafood and veg prepared in creative dishes.
I have indeed eaten at Dick's Kitchen, but I'm (seemingly) not gluten intolerant. However, since I've been eating (mostly) Paleo I really haven't eaten any buns. Even if it's a potato bun I'd avoid just because of the extra carbs.
I like the idea of the petition though. Overall I had an enjoyable experience at Dick's and think they generally have their head in the right place (I loved the meat options there, what other restaurant can you find venison burgers at?). If they could eliminate the gluten cross-contamination or the gluten at all, I think I might find myself eating there more often. Everything is a work in progress right??
I'm not saying whether it's right or wrong or fair or unfair, but I think it's expensive/difficult to guarantee no gluten cross-contamination. I believe it's much easier to offer paleo options and vegan options than to be able to guarantee some dishes in the kitchen have no gluten cross-contamination.