I've figured out a few 'tricks' in The City (see below), but I'd love to find an affordable-but-nice restaurant or even cafe that has selections a paleo could enjoy.
My wife is a "let's go out tonight!" addict. It seems like we're going somewhere several nights a week. I actually hate this - the cost, the food I can't eat, served by people who don't give a shit about who I am (even if the menu says "made with love"), in kitchens I know nothing about, for several hours at a time. Hell.
It was fun, oh, a dozen years ago... If were up to me I'd go out a LOT less and have it be a Special Thing once in a while, something to look forward to. But I learned long ago that to avoid a horrible fight (and end up going out anyway), I need to come up with some appealing options I can enjoy too.
So - any restaurant suggestions?
If I go to a cafe I find that they usually have hard-boiled eggs available, and that works in a pinch. The only restaurants I know are pricey - House of Prime Rib (YUM!) comes to mind, and Incanto looks really good but also is 'up there'... Pacific Cafe has been a favorite forever (omg I went there in my twenties!) but it's getting very expensive too - and I can only drink so much wine while waiting in line (mmm - now I'm thinking of going).
When I'm winging it, I'll sometimes have a salad and/or an egg dish, or try to get a vegetable instead of mashed potatoes. One 'trick' has been at La Corneta, a Taqueria in Glen Park: when getting burritos for the family I can get a 'side' of just meat - and it's pretty good!
What are your 'tricks' in SF? And if you're not in SF what sneaky tricks have you invented to get more paleo while 'out'? Is this two questions??