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Paleo friendly burger joint

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Created April 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM

I had a concept for a paleo friendly burger joint that I was thinking about for fun.

You would have a choice of grass-fed beef, bison, or venison burger with simple salt and pepper seasoning. I know places like McDonalds season with MSG.

Either wrapped in lettuce, portabella mushrooms, and also a choice of traditional buns with gluten free options that would be made on the day.

Homemade condiments of ketchup, mustard, and mayo so there is no added sugar.

A local cheese option.

A fresh veggie option.

Choice of russet potato or sweet potato fries with the option to be fried in lard, tallow, or coconut oil.

My question is: Do such places exist? And do you think it would be worth eating even if it would be more expensive than a typical burger joint? I'd imagine a meal between 4-8+ dollars. It would be in a casual setting.

612c09622d41fa959953aae0c8ee86c8

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on July 28, 2011
at 09:07 PM

+1 vote for Dicks, wish there were more of these!!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on June 02, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I'm going to have to try this place. Thanks for the tip!

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

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on May 18, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Farm Burger is one of those rare places where I am 100% confident that the meal there conforms to my dietary standards. I mean, I'm sure every once in a while things there get gluten contaminated, but I've never come out of there feeling anything less than perfectly satisfied.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:20 PM

So convincing the family to stop through on the way to FL this Christmas! The menus are mouthwatering, esp Farm Burger!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:02 AM

What are the gluten-free buns made out of? I believe usually those are some mix of legumes and rice.

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(5136)

on May 18, 2011
at 12:13 AM

gluten free onion rings? shut up! no, wait, don't shut up, keep telling me about it. Bone marrow on my burger? yes please.

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(5136)

on May 18, 2011
at 12:08 AM

yeah its kind of ... sports bar esque later at night (so I hear, never went out on weekends myself, always working), but earlier, during off peak hours, its great. food is awesome, chef is always around to answer specific questions.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 17, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I'll have to check this place out!

90fc4f1e94bab32e4fbab7468e3cecb5

(224)

on April 18, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Bluemoon is about 1/2 mile away from where I live! I should check it out soon... walk in my Vibrams :)

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on April 18, 2011
at 12:17 AM

mmm, to a lot of people, myself included, food and meat in particular is not always about practicality, it's about voting with my dollar for a system i want to support and thrive. Besides, conventional meat may be treated "humanely according to USDA rules" but they still spray it with ammonia once it gets to the slaughterhouse. Especially for ground beef. And only served well? NOoooo thanks.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

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on April 17, 2011
at 10:18 PM

The Counter is a blast, although I wish they had a grass fed option :(

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:01 PM

five guys uses good butchers and a pretty decent quality of beef, unless you raise and butcher your own and pen a burger joint, five guys is not a bad choice to grab a meal on the run. Paleo should not be so resistive. Theory is one thing, practicality is another. You drive a car, sleep on a bed, and the food we eat today aren't the same either. Avoid the bun and wheats along sugars and you are doing better than 90 per cent of the SAD eaters.

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(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:46 PM

i miss you chicago.

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(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:37 PM

You can get duck fat fries at Old Town Social in Chicago. Wish more places did that.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on April 17, 2011
at 08:18 PM

napes. i'm quite unimpressed with five guys's faq answers. i'll pass: http://www.fiveguys.com/faq.aspx

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(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Bluemoon looks really good, will be in Seattle soon, will have to try it. grass fed is way more important to me than a "hormone free" claim

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on April 17, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Bluemoon in fremont is better.

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:12 PM

If you're in Chicago I'd really recommend the burger at Old Town Social. very good. you can get it with a farmed egg over the top too (nice addition for a bunless burger). Another awesome place is The Bristol. Not for burgers, but for bone marrow and other deliciousness. DMK was touted as a the new grass fed burger place, but they only let you order your burger well done, which is pretty disappointing in my opinion.

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:36 AM

Nice, looks really tasty. The closest to me is about three hours away, so maybe next time i'm in Chicago. Those burgers are huge so i'm not surprised about the price.

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E5a41bcb2819c818cc0d92489e7c35f2

on April 19, 2011
at 09:46 PM

Dick's Kitchen in Portland is quite fantastic ??? they have a Paleo menu, and can alter all of their burgers to be paleo/primal as well. They always stock buffalo and often have elk and other wild game meats available ??? the venison is particularly fantastic. The air-baked yam fries don't even have the usual sugar-coating! Definitely check it out if you find yourself in the Southeast side of town!

612c09622d41fa959953aae0c8ee86c8

(90)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:07 PM

+1 vote for Dicks, wish there were more of these!!

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Elevation Burger uses grass Fed beef and you can get it on lettuce instead of a bun.

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(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:45 PM

OK, so while not exactly purely a burger joint, Old Town Social in Chicago gets my vote for best paleo burger. Grass fed beef (ground daily so you can feel ok ordering it rare), optional house made bacon and/or locally farmed egg. you can also get a side of deviled eggs or house made charcuterie from heritage breed pork.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:46 PM

i miss you chicago.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 18, 2011
at 12:08 AM

yeah its kind of ... sports bar esque later at night (so I hear, never went out on weekends myself, always working), but earlier, during off peak hours, its great. food is awesome, chef is always around to answer specific questions.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 17, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I'll have to check this place out!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on June 02, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I'm going to have to try this place. Thanks for the tip!

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 17, 2011
at 10:20 AM

We have Elevation Burger in Virginia - I think they are in a handful of other states as well. 100% Grass fed, free range, organic beef ground on the premises. The rest of the menu is not very paleo, milkshakes, fries cooked in olive oil. My family likes to go and I just get the burger without a bun - they do a lettuce wrap.

Five Guys started here in Virginia and they've expanded all over the place. They also grind the meat and cut the potatoes at the stores - but it's regular, grain fed stuff. And the fries are cooked in peanut oil.

I don't think most people go to a burger joint to eat healthy, but it is an interesting idea. Just don't know if paleo is big enough to support it. But with all the gluten-free and low carber peeps - it could work. Elevation Burger is doing well in spite of so-so service and food. Five Guys is doing gangbusters - great service and food. They keep it simple with a very limited menu - burgers, hot dogs (very rarely ordered), fries, soft drinks (self serve) - and that's it!

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on January 15, 2013
at 09:18 PM

I live in Downtown Phoenix. Please know that I would frequent your restaurant if you opened here--even for $15 to $20 a plate. We paleos need a good place to eat! Best of luck to you!

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Hero Burger here in Toronto uses 100% beef (no fillers) that is local, drug free, and "range fed" (most definitely not 100% grass-fed though). They just started offering gluten-free buns too. I think there might be a tad bit of soy in the buns, but still a wicked "cheat" burger nonetheless.

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9bca3c7a5a8a78433ce4a398b668aa4b

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on May 18, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Pearly Baker's in Easton, PA serves local, grass-fed beef in their burgers. And you can taste the difference. I always get it with onions and bacon, extra lettuce and no bun.

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on May 17, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I gotta rep for the ATL!

We have Farm Burger, which offers grass-fed and finished build your own burgers with toppings including grass-fed bone marrow, pork belly, house-cured bacon, pastured eggs, and plenty of veggies sourced from local farms. Condiments are mostly house-made, and they offer gluten-free beer and cider. (Go there and order a bunless burger with marrow, arugula, and caramelized onions, and you'll a sidelong glance as they try to figure out if the voracious blonde regular is in disguise).

We also have Yeah! Burger, whose two locations also serve grass-fed burgers with toppings like cage-free eggs and nitrate-free bacon. You can get gluten-free fried and onion rings, meaning that they are fried in a separate fryer. They also have this ridiculous amazing coleslaw that has, like, heroin in it or something. Also gluten-free beer and cider.

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(5136)

on May 18, 2011
at 12:13 AM

gluten free onion rings? shut up! no, wait, don't shut up, keep telling me about it. Bone marrow on my burger? yes please.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on May 18, 2011
at 01:20 PM

So convincing the family to stop through on the way to FL this Christmas! The menus are mouthwatering, esp Farm Burger!

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 18, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Farm Burger is one of those rare places where I am 100% confident that the meal there conforms to my dietary standards. I mean, I'm sure every once in a while things there get gluten contaminated, but I've never come out of there feeling anything less than perfectly satisfied.

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on April 17, 2011
at 10:18 PM

http://roamburgers.com/ in San Francisco is the closest I've come across. Grass fed beef (or bison), they do a really good job on a lettuce wrap, and regular or sweet potato fries in rice bran oil.

Also, organic/real-sugar shakes and drinks if you feel like a sugar bomb treat :)

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:48 PM

You'll never be able to use quality ingredients in that price range. Labor alone for making all your own condiments is gonna run the price WAY up. I agree, think more along the lines of $15-20 for a meal, especially in cities.

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I have been thinking about opening a paleo restaurant here in Phoenix. But I'm not sure one can attract enough business. Restaurants in general have a hard time surviving here.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on April 17, 2011
at 08:26 PM

The Burger Lounge is the closest thing to a Paleo burger joint that I have seen. The thing about a burger joint is, obviously, how are you gonna get around the bun? You really can't. And what about the fries soaked in oil? And the shakes? And the soda? At least they use 100% grass fed beef from Tallgrass Beef company.

But they still don't "get it"... proclaiming things like "Favorable Unsaturated vs. Saturated fats ratio", meaning that their beef is lower in saturated fats and higher in O3 PUFA. Bless their hearts though for getting the GF beef right.

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(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:37 PM

You can get duck fat fries at Old Town Social in Chicago. Wish more places did that.

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Founding Farmers in DC

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:05 PM

There's one here in Los Angeles, it's called Lucky Devils. I've been there and it's pretty good.

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90fc4f1e94bab32e4fbab7468e3cecb5

on April 17, 2011
at 09:10 AM

They exist -- the COUNTER in Seattle/Ballard. It's tasty -- decently priced. 4-8 bucks? Not a chance -- think 11-15 bucks, depending on what's on the burger.

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(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 02:12 PM

If you're in Chicago I'd really recommend the burger at Old Town Social. very good. you can get it with a farmed egg over the top too (nice addition for a bunless burger). Another awesome place is The Bristol. Not for burgers, but for bone marrow and other deliciousness. DMK was touted as a the new grass fed burger place, but they only let you order your burger well done, which is pretty disappointing in my opinion.

Bd4be59f5bcfafc3d834d1ec8765eb9e

(336)

on April 17, 2011
at 09:36 AM

Nice, looks really tasty. The closest to me is about three hours away, so maybe next time i'm in Chicago. Those burgers are huge so i'm not surprised about the price.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 17, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Bluemoon looks really good, will be in Seattle soon, will have to try it. grass fed is way more important to me than a "hormone free" claim

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on April 17, 2011
at 10:18 PM

The Counter is a blast, although I wish they had a grass fed option :(

90fc4f1e94bab32e4fbab7468e3cecb5

(224)

on April 18, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Bluemoon is about 1/2 mile away from where I live! I should check it out soon... walk in my Vibrams :)

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on April 17, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Bluemoon in fremont is better.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on April 17, 2011
at 03:50 PM

I'm guessing that Five Guys would be ok as long as you omitted the bun.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 18, 2011
at 12:17 AM

mmm, to a lot of people, myself included, food and meat in particular is not always about practicality, it's about voting with my dollar for a system i want to support and thrive. Besides, conventional meat may be treated "humanely according to USDA rules" but they still spray it with ammonia once it gets to the slaughterhouse. Especially for ground beef. And only served well? NOoooo thanks.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on April 17, 2011
at 08:18 PM

napes. i'm quite unimpressed with five guys's faq answers. i'll pass: http://www.fiveguys.com/faq.aspx

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on April 17, 2011
at 09:01 PM

five guys uses good butchers and a pretty decent quality of beef, unless you raise and butcher your own and pen a burger joint, five guys is not a bad choice to grab a meal on the run. Paleo should not be so resistive. Theory is one thing, practicality is another. You drive a car, sleep on a bed, and the food we eat today aren't the same either. Avoid the bun and wheats along sugars and you are doing better than 90 per cent of the SAD eaters.

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