I know PH members come from all over the world, but I thought it might be helpful to have a topic listing the places one can get a Paleo-ish meal that doesn't break the bank. Plus if you dine out with friends and family you'll know places you can go that doesn't serve anything but deepfried chicken and onion rings, lol. Often I won't have any leftovers to bring to work for lunch, and so I have to go out and get something. Eating out is never going to be 100% Paleo, but you can come close to it at most places.
Boston Market (proteins: chicken & beef brisket--sides: garlicky-lemon spinach, fresh steamed veg, primal garlic dill potatoes)
Chili's (fajitas w/o tortilla, primal Santa Fe chicken skillet, grilled salmon, baby back ribs)
Applebee's (Florentine topped house sirloin, steak and potato salad, shrimp & parmesan sirloin, asiago peppercorn steak, signature sirloin w/ garlic herb shrimp (I'm sensing a theme here, lol), grilled dijon chicken and portobellos)
Olive Garden--resist the breadsticks! (mussels, zuppa toscana, mixed grill skewers with veg, steak toscano, venetian apricot chicken ('ware the sauce if you're trying to cut back on sugar), herb-grilled salmon)
What are some other places you can think of where you can get a Paleo-ish meal?
Chipotle: The only major issue is the soybean oil. I think they use it even on their steak! But I know they cook their veggies in it. As far as I know, the barbacoa beef is marinated without soybean oil. I am still awaiting the day that Melissa and Chris pull off the unthinkable and convince them to drop it altogther.
btw... side note: Pick-Up Stix could be Paleo-ish, but they use soybean oil to cook everything, so they are out.
Most nice restaurants: Steak and potatoes, or a seafood option like shellfish. Could always eat the starter salad as well with some lemon/lime juice squeeze.
Filippis Pizza: XLarge Za with pepperoni and sausage. Salad with Italian dressing. Breadsticks. Large Dr. Pepper. Cheesecake for dessert.
I usually look for grilled salmon or other fish or a salad of some sort. Worst case, gimme a burger with no bun. Mexican places usually have carne asada. It's pretty much impossible to get restaurant food without a big dose of n6 and all the beef is grain fed and the fish are farmed. I just limit my eating out as much as possible.
A burrito bowl with the pork and guac sans rice is a constant choice for me at Chipotle's.
At other restaurants, I usually get a roast chicken or steak with veg and potatoes, and skip the bread basket.
Panera now has a so called "hidden menu." Probably contains some canola oil or something like that, but looks pretty reasonable in a pinch. Women always want to eat at Panera, now they at least have something that doesn't contain bread!
When Ruby Tuesday redid their menu recently they added several sides that should be mostly paleo friendly (excluding the oils they likely use): roasted spaghetti squash, mashed cauliflower [probably has a bit of dairy, more primal], grilled zucchini and asparagus, and sliced tomatoes with balsamic). Pair those with some broiled fish or grilled steak/chicken and it seems pretty paleo-friendly!
There are only three kinds of restaurants I will go to. I am soy and gluten allergic.
Steak houses (good ones, not cheap, and possibly disqualifying from your criteria); whatever methods they use, steakhouses keep my brand of kosher.
Restaurants where I've talked with the chef personally and know that there's continuity in the kitchen. In my native Columbus, OH there is exactly ONE place that I know doesn't give me bs answers to my questions because they're telling me what they think I want to hear and/or just making something up.
Needless to say I'm quite happy eating at home. I used to date and that was problematic. Now I only go out with soccer players and bartenders so I don't have to worry about food.
Here are some options:
1) Chipotle or Qdoba - burrito in a bowl (no wraps) - add your meat, veggies, guacamole, salsa, and cheese (optional)
2) burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves with various condiments chosen from - caramelized mushrooms/onions, tomatoes, bacon, salsa, guacamole, and cheese (optional)
3) grilled/baked fish or chicken with sides such as baked/mashed potatoes, steamed veggies like brocoli/spinach/asparagus with lots of butter
4) salads with eggs, meat, bacon, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, oil and vinegar, cheese (optional).
5) Thai places - spring rolls, curries or soups +/-rice
6) Mexican places doing fajita salads. I've even ordered corn tamales and enchiladas but ripped off the corn if I thought it was too much. I like the inside marinated spiced meat and will order extra lettuce, pico, shredded cheese, and salsa to eat it with.
7) gluten-free meat chili (not always available)
8) Asian places that use Tamari, gluten-free soy sauce (harder to find) - meat & veggies stir fry
9) more expensive - steakhouses and sushi
I'm just starting on Paleo so I have been trying different things. I went to Chipotle today and got the salad with veggies, chicken, tomato salsa, and Guac. After reading your posts I think I will get the Pork with salad from now on and add my own fresh veggies from home with tomato salsa and guac. I didn't think about the oils used to marinate their meats.
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