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What TYPE of restaurant have you had the most success with when eating out?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Yes, yes I know. Another eating-out question. Bear with me.

I have been on a journey to find the best places to eat-out in my area. Seems chains aren't the way to go but certain types of restaurants or cafes are better than others.

What type of food have you not regretted eating out with?

A list would be great!

I have had success with Kabob places (The one near me has stated that their sauce is lemon juice and spice based and they have no wheat or vegetable oil in their meat or sides)

I have also heard of:

Mongolian BBQ

Korean BBQ

Regular BBQ

Pho - Occasional beacause of MSG

Mexican - Chipolte but be wary of the soy

The worst seems to be Chinese and places like Ihop/Dennys.

What places have you found?

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on May 30, 2012
at 05:51 PM

The one near me has Olive Oil and Mustard. Not exactly first class here but they are an option.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

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on May 25, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Is it a chain? What is the name of it? I do call and ask but the answer so far has been yes.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 25, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Yes, I agree. Hard to find. But I refuse to give up hope and call it impossible, yet. :)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Unfortunately I have yet to find an Indian restaurant that DOESN'T us vegetable oil - they even add a small amount to tandoori meats grilled! Butter and ghee are way to expensive and most Indians think those 2 animal fats are unhealthy. Same for Thai - I have yet to find a Thai place that cooks in EV coconut oil!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:41 AM

Many Latin American places if they use fattier meat will grill the meat with it's fat - so no vegetables oils - although not necessarily using pastured meat - but hey you can't win with everything!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 24, 2012
at 11:31 PM

It's like a magical chant, lol.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on May 24, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I got soooo ill after getting mofongo from a local Caribbean restaurant recently. I'm afraid to go back. :(

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on May 24, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Keep in mind that every meat at chipolte apart from the carnitas are cooking in soybean oil.

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I can't figure out how to do the mongolian grill without getting gluten contamination from the grill. I also don't see any seasonings without vegetable oil, HFCS/sugar and soy/wheat.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:42 PM

^ Seems like I have to repeat myself 3 times before the odd looks go away at Cuban joints... a

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Ropa vieja with a side of plátanos, por favor. No arroz, no pan. Si, no arroz, no pan. **NO ARROZ! NO PAN!**

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Definitely. Grilled meat on sticks. 'Nuff said.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I think that depends on where you go. Lebanese food is traditionally pretty gluten-free besides bulghur and pilaf. Stuffed grape leaves - yum!

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Love all of those

0a14995ac154eae8242b67115c9cc6c3

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:01 PM

i found a pho place that doesn't use MSG... you should call and ask them

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I personally am okay with white rice which makes this easier. Traditional Thai and Indian cooking would not contain vegetable oil. It's just a matter of finding restaurants that do it the right way. Many Indians are vegetarian, but many eat lamb and goat.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I used to go to Moe's, but have since found out that ALL of their meats contain soy. The fish is the only safe one. http://www.moes.com/food/allergens

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Ihop... Ilaugh... Icry.... Panero's salads are good... without the bread :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Indians tend to be vegetarians in my experience. Used to love samosas.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I've found that Vietnamese cuisine incorporates more fresh greens into their dishes, whereas Thai and Indian tend to drench their foods in rich (and vegetable oil-laden) sauces, served over rice.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 24, 2012
at 05:33 PM

+1 for brazilian steakhouse!

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Brazillian steakhouses (churrascaria). Meat on a skewer, brought right to your table.

Cuban restaurants, as long as you don't get anything that was fried.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Definitely. Grilled meat on sticks. 'Nuff said.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 24, 2012
at 11:31 PM

It's like a magical chant, lol.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:33 PM

+1 for brazilian steakhouse!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Ropa vieja with a side of plátanos, por favor. No arroz, no pan. Si, no arroz, no pan. **NO ARROZ! NO PAN!**

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:42 PM

^ Seems like I have to repeat myself 3 times before the odd looks go away at Cuban joints... a

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 25, 2012
at 02:41 AM

Many Latin American places if they use fattier meat will grill the meat with it's fat - so no vegetables oils - although not necessarily using pastured meat - but hey you can't win with everything!

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63a390e394971bd87e12b706fdb8456e

(309)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Real steakhouses, fresh seafood restaurants, Sushi places (sashimi, omit the rice) and Mongolian BBQ

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on May 24, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Love all of those

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Japanese restaurant - sashimi is great and very Paleo!

I love Lebanese restaurants (my favorite food - simply the best!!!) but they do not understand a gluten-free concept. So... if you are gluten-intolerant - you have to be very very careful.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I think that depends on where you go. Lebanese food is traditionally pretty gluten-free besides bulghur and pilaf. Stuffed grape leaves - yum!

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D5ca469ff78fdcc17607f9c16efb1b55

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Also Middle Eastern food,shish kebabs and lots of salads, and doner kebabs are good too if it's good quality and not the dodgy minced 'dead man's leg' type!

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B514acafd0a6cc251279b6cb21b48941

on May 24, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Vietnamese, Korean BBQ, Mongolian grills, Brazilian steakhouses

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

(837)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I can't figure out how to do the mongolian grill without getting gluten contamination from the grill. I also don't see any seasonings without vegetable oil, HFCS/sugar and soy/wheat.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on May 30, 2012
at 05:51 PM

The one near me has Olive Oil and Mustard. Not exactly first class here but they are an option.

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:24 PM

Good seafood places. Get a salad with a slab of broiled fish on top.

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D5ca469ff78fdcc17607f9c16efb1b55

(240)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Tandoori and tikka dishes, (without sauce) in Indian restaurants are usually pretty good. It's dry meat but usually tasty, plenty of spices.

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631b29d5ab1146e264e91d08103bb72c

on May 24, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I thought of this the other evening while having Korean BBQ. The meat selection was vast and simple (though marinated in sugar) and the veggies were mostly fermented. Plus, you gathered around an open fire and prepared your own food. How does it get more paleo/primal than that?

Brizillian steakhouse is also a good call. Very simply prepared meats and I honestly don't remember a side even being offered. I sure there was I just don't recall.

As for mainstream chain it is hard to be Moe's. Grass-fed beef and organic chicken and pork. I get steak salad, no shell, add guac, fresh jalepeno, cilantro and cucumbers and load with salsa. Skip the chips and call it a meal.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I used to go to Moe's, but have since found out that ALL of their meats contain soy. The fish is the only safe one. http://www.moes.com/food/allergens

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Steak restaurant, grilled - especially if you can find one with pastured beef

Hamburger (without bun) - again especially if pastured

I think Thai and Indian should be a good option, but only if it is authentic and they cook with real fat (coconut oil, ghee, etc). Probably hard to find and verify.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Indians tend to be vegetarians in my experience. Used to love samosas.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 24, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I've found that Vietnamese cuisine incorporates more fresh greens into their dishes, whereas Thai and Indian tend to drench their foods in rich (and vegetable oil-laden) sauces, served over rice.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I personally am okay with white rice which makes this easier. Traditional Thai and Indian cooking would not contain vegetable oil. It's just a matter of finding restaurants that do it the right way. Many Indians are vegetarian, but many eat lamb and goat.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 25, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Yes, I agree. Hard to find. But I refuse to give up hope and call it impossible, yet. :)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 25, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Unfortunately I have yet to find an Indian restaurant that DOESN'T us vegetable oil - they even add a small amount to tandoori meats grilled! Butter and ghee are way to expensive and most Indians think those 2 animal fats are unhealthy. Same for Thai - I have yet to find a Thai place that cooks in EV coconut oil!

1
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on May 25, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Colombian steak houses, and anything with a Locavore focus.

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51a4b53ca196e59b01960b1a39b5f5a3

on May 25, 2012
at 02:30 AM

We had a wonderful dinner at a local greek place before we moved. Meat cabob, potatoes, greek salad, rice. I find McDonalds salads pretty good.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:33 AM

Any variety of Asian is a go-to restaurant in my book, avoiding anything that appears too Americanized (i.e. sugar-coated, sugar-glazed, drenched in syrup...) Every non-chain place around here serves bi bim bop: hard to go wrong with meat, veg, egg, and rice.

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:18 AM

For me it's the pub down the street. Steak with a side of veggies (order them steamed, then pour olive oil on top of), and a baked potato. Perfect meal :) Sure the steak is not grass fed, but still not bad.

1
16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

on May 24, 2012
at 11:00 PM

I always feel the best (physically) after eating at higher end ($16-32 entree price-point), independently-owned restaurants that focus on local produce and meats. I don't know why it is exactly but I seem to do much better in these types of restaurants than the small, ethnic, hole-in-the-wall joints even if I'm trying to eat really clean. I'm not sure if it's the oils they use but there's definitely something to it.

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:57 PM

If you're in Boston, check out Bon Me. You can get the rice bowl, but substitute extra veggies for the rice. It's my go-to Paleoption.

http://www.bonmetruck.com/

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Privately owned european restaurants use the best ingrediants and you cant go wrong eroring on that side. I always go for a rusty French provincial or a real rustic Italian (good italian food is not all pasta and crap like that) Polish, Turkish and east european food will not your tatse buds and be pretty Paleo safe. Yes their is bread but dont eat it. I love Spanish but be careful, bread is use a lot in sauces to thicken. Still a good place to go that 20 per cent.

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35df99bdb4f6cbcdc358b3de9a442f05

on May 24, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Chipotle!

I usually get the steak salad with double meat and guacamole. No rice, dressing, beans, or corn really good with lots of hot salsa.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

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on May 24, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Keep in mind that every meat at chipolte apart from the carnitas are cooking in soybean oil.

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Swiss Chalet seemed ok...Quarter chicken dinner and veggies, pretty basic...no vegetable oils, just butter and S+P.

I haven’t eaten there yet but a place I want to try is Charcut.com, I had a bite of a burger from there and it was amazing! They also have gluten free buns, so you can have an actual burger with all the fixens if you’re feeling SAD.

Truth.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Tapas or tapas-like (Italian small plates for example) are generally great choices. Very fresh food prepared simply.

0
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on May 24, 2012
at 07:43 PM

sashimi and French Bistros.

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Afro-Carribean and places that focus on local food.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I got soooo ill after getting mofongo from a local Caribbean restaurant recently. I'm afraid to go back. :(

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:45 PM

In the UK traditional English food is almost always good; roasts, lamb shank, veggies cooked in butter.

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