I have Chipotle every once in a while, and In n Out, protein style! Any casual dining restuarant that serves breakfast all day is good for omelettes or steak and eggs plus a side salad instead of hash browns. Just be sure they don't add pankcake mix to their omelette and scrambled egg mix (IHOP!). Avoid chicken unless it comes on the bone or you can verify the ingredients. Most of the time it is heavily processed and marinated with trans fats, soybean oil, etc. even if it just looks like a plain chicken breast. A ground beef patty is usually just pure ground beef. So I always go for bunless burgers and side salads instead of chicken salads if I'm stuck.
My big cheat is gluten free pizza from BJs. The crust is super thin and only has a little bit of grain starch from rice flour. The rest of it is tapioca and potato starch and its made with olive oil. It is however covered in cheese and a sauce that is sweet enough that I know it has sugar in it. But it is once a month thing for me, haha. They have amazing salads there too with tons of vegetables and meat, not just a big bowl of lettuce.
I love Thai food. Maybe not very palo, but the coconut milk curries with veggies and shrimp, for example, are so good. I do miss the rice, but have found that I can eat a lot more of the shrimp and veggies now that I leave rice on the side!
Sometimes I react to cross-contamination in restaurants, sometimes I don't, so I prefer to eat out less often and spend a little more on a nice place that's sensitive to food allergies. My favorite place is Legal Seafoods, a relatively small chain on the east coast. They have a gluten-free menu! And real butter! And their gluten-free bread is a wonderful reminder of why you shouldn't smoke candy cigarettes! You won't poo for DAYS....
When I travel and can't pack my own food, I go for steaks and hope for the best. I fill it out with coffee and cream.
If I'm going out with friends/family, which isn't often since we moved far away from them several months ago, I call ahead to the restaurant. I went to an anniversary dinner over Christmas at a restaurant whose online menu looked like they bought everything frozen in glutenized marinades from restaurant supply stores - and it turned out that all their meat is cooked from scratch in only salt and pepper, with floury sauces always served separately, and mashed potatoes made strictly from fresh potatoes, cream, and butter, and veggies steamed and topped with real butter. Very pleasant surprise, so always call ahead and ask!
Vietnamese restaurant: Pho - hold the noodles, increase the meat & veg; shrimp, pork and vegetable salad; beef salad Ruby Tuesdays: Petite sirloin, 2 sides of broccoli, lemon wedges for the broccoli Thai - beef salad; larp, curries w/o rice
I eat out pretty frequently, actually! Although the meat isn't grassfed/organic unless I really search for it, that is the only non-paleo part about it!
Almost always I stick with a burger! I go no-bun, no-cheese, cooked in butter (I was so afraid to ask about this at first, but I swear, nobody blinks an eye!), and sub in a side-salad or veggie for fries. And almost always I'll get a bigger salad w/o dressing and have them bring me oil/vinegar on the side (although I recently realized that this is probably not olive oil, so I may start bringing my own.. ha!). Breakfast is easy - eggs & bacon cooked in butter. Usually this doesn't fill me up (uh, two slices of bacon and two eggs...?) so I'll order a side of something or just stick with a burger/eggs.
I go to Farmburger in Decatur GA and order a burger (from grassfed beef) with lettuce and onions, no bun with a side of bone marrow. Sometimes a side of sweet potato fries. Brick House Pub also in Decatur has delicious burgers perfectly cooked don't know if grassfed. At Taqueria del Sol I order guacamole and don't eat the chips that come with and either a brisket or carne asado taco and don't eat the tortilla and a small salad for which I bring my own vinegar oil dressing. Mostly my husband and I do lunch and don't go out much at night. My favorite evening restaurant is Cakes and Ale in Decatur. I ran into the chef at the Morningside Farmers Market one Saturday and watching him buy his produce made we want to follow him to his restaurant. Thanks for the question. It's making me hungry.
There's a place in my town called "Chef's American Bistro," they have a variety of meat options (steaks, lamb steaks, organic pork chops) and fish (cod, king salmon, catfish, etc. available steamed, blackened, seared, fried); you can choose a protein, a sauce (I think they mostly have flour in them, so I'm skipping the sauces from now on), and two sides. I like the "customizability," and usually I get a fish with broccoli and green beans. If I were a good Paleo, I'd inquire about the cooking oils, but I don't eat out much these days, so I don't sweat it. When I go for Japanese, I try to stick with salmon sashimi.
I also love Chipotle- I get the salad with mild salsa, chicken or carnitas, guac, and a little cheese. John Durant posted about eating at Chipotle, and I picked up this technique- when they ask what kind of meat, I say "Could I do half pork, half chicken please?" and I end up with extra meat! I'm cool with Outback too- ribeye, veggies, and a sweet potato (just down let them drown it in sugar!)
I don't eat out often, so when I do, I just try to choose the best options possible. I do not have any noticeable reaction to gluten, so I don't worry about trace contamination.
California Pizza Kitchen - Grilled Vegetable Salad w/salmon
Panera Bread - Any salad, just minus croutons plus Avocado! and maybe nuts