Anybody live in San Mateo, CA or on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area and know of any restaurants or take-out places that are paleo-friendly? I don't always have time to cook something and prepare a meal ahead of time. The only places I know of are Five Guys and In-N-Out.
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on January 22, 2014
at 06:34 AM
Oh, wow! I moved out of San Mateo just last week! I lived there for years, so I know of a few places that serve gluten-free and/or Paleo dishes. These were my regular hangouts:
- In & Out, as you mentioned, with leaves instead of a bun. Their fries are gluten-free too.
- "Outback", the Australian steakhouse. They have a gluten-free menu, which is very Paleo. However, you must specifically ask for it each time, they don't give it out by default. You also need to return it to the hostess too, as they only have very few of these printed (the regular menus you don't have to return).
- Friday's. Ask for meat and veggies. Don't order fries of any kind, they're fried on the same oil as glutenous food.
- Any good sushi place. I used to go to Fuji Sukiyaki, because the chef actually listens and is careful how he serves for special needs. Avoid miso soup (they use barley these days), and any sauces or fried stuff (that takes out the more complex rolls too). On sushi places you can order sashimi, or sushi (if you do rice). Please note that you always must bring with you your own gluten-free Tamari soy sauce (or coconut aminos). Most sushi places in San Mateo don't have gluten-free soy sauce. Don't worry, this is a normal thing for celiacs and Paleos to show up with their own, GF soy sauce.
IF you do white rice (some Paleos do):
- Chipotle. Ask them to change gloves before handling your food, or they can contaminate your rice bowl with gluten. They use good quality meat compared to other chains, and they're cheap. On their web site they list all ingredients they use to check if they're GF or not. There's an even newer Chipotle opening in San Mateo soon btw. There's a dish you can have that's rice-free too btw: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2660757640/dining-out-paleo-chipotle-mexican-grill
- Bombay Garden (lunch buffet). There, you can go for the tandoori chicken, lamb, rice, and the vegetable dish with the peas (peas are generally considered Paleo). Avoid the chicken in the thick creamy sauce, that's glutenous.
- Avoid all Chinese places. They use glutenous soy sauce and flours. All Mexican ones use wheat and corn now, not just corn. There's a Pizza place in downtown San Mateo that offers GF pizza, but it's baked on the same oven as the glutenous pizzas, ensuring contamination.
Having said all that, I think I should not just direct you to restaurants, but also to shops where you can buy very Paleo food, and cook it yourself. I've made a list last year, about exactly that: http://eugenia.queru.com/2013/02/18/my-paleo-shopping-list-in-the-bay-area-peninsula/ If you're into offal or goat meat, you should definitely get some from the local Mediterranean shop. Email me if you need maps.
on January 22, 2014
at 11:01 PM
I highly recommend the Nom Nom Paleo Blog. Author Michele Tam lives somewhere in the SF Bay Area and has a section at the top for "Eating Out". Many of these places are from her travels (most recently to Thailand), but there are some local places as well. She's really good at scouting out restaurants that serve real, whole food, even some take out, non-fancy places. Most of her local dining places seem to be toward the south end of the bay.
Another thing I like about her posts is they are good examples of what to look for when exploring your own selection of local restaurants.
A second suggestion is to check out the KQED website for online episodes of Bay Area "Check Please". On this show, three people suggest restaurants and then visit them and give reviews. Lots of good info on menus and types of food.
on January 22, 2014
at 02:07 PM
When in doubt order a salad with grilled chicken, fish or steak and italian dressing (or other oil based dressing) on the side. It might not be 100% perfect paleo, but you can get it almost anywhere and it tends to be pretty safe.