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paleo/primal eating spots

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Created December 21, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Looking for places to eat primal/paleo.... all over the country. Any info will help. Thanks!

Looking for menu items that are grass-fed, organic, pastured, or at the very least anti-biotic/hormone free.

Grocery stores, yes... that's gonna be number 1. What I'm really looking for (see examples: http://www.theprimaltraveler.com) is more along the lines of:

"When I was in Atlanta, I found a chain called YeahBurger that was a build your own burger bar that offered 100% grass fed beef as an option..."

or

"I eat at my local diner called ------- that has fresh organic eggs from the nearby farm."

Where do you go to eat that has primal options near your house?

I have looked at sites like "eat wild" (which is very limited and poorly organized) and it took me hours to find places along my route. Half of them were closed most of the week too. It doesn't make for great travel for cavepeeps.

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Louisville, KY. Sorry! Time got away from me!

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Thanks Mike. Got that one. I ate here recently... I love that you can order from the phone. There is one near my doctor's office and will probably be tasting their goods once a month! http://theprimaltraveler.blogspot.com/2012/10/elevation-burger.html#.UJgMbWl25GA

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks! I know about Chipotle. Not all locations are anti-biotic/hormone free... but every one that I have been to was. I will definitely add it to the list.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Thanks so much! It looks amazing.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Awesome! Thanks! Where are you located?

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I looked at the hot bar one day. Too much "stuff" in the dishes that a Paleo person should not eat.

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on December 23, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Pork chops are traditionally dusted with flour before frying. So, I'd be real careful about that. Tell 'em you're celiac and will die if you have flour!

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on December 23, 2011
at 05:30 PM

well.. I guess corndogs aren't really paleo to begin with. Take from it what you will. :)

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on December 23, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Looking over these places... 2 I can't use. I need grass-fed and/or organic or at the very least anti-biotic/hormone free. Zingerman's does use Niman Ranch (which is a good one) but if you look at something like their corndog, it lists another place as well. They have like 4 different sources for their meat (not all good) so you never really know what you're getting. The Grange is definitely fresh and farm-to-table, but none of the farms are organic or fully pastured animals. The other two seem to have things on their menu (like bison and wild game) which are sure to be ab/hormone free.

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Yay!! If I think of anything else I'll let you know :)

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:45 AM

For sure... You can find something though :-) I agree on the tofu :-)

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:01 AM

Sweet! Love the info! You'll see these places posted tomorrow... Thanks so much for the support!

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:30 AM

oh and Deadwood Grill in Northville MI has a lot of game meat. You can get a stupid bumper sticker there that says "I eat my roadkill" or something.

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Also I like your website :P good going.

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:28 AM

and there's 2 whole foods here. Carson's American Bistro has a local pork chop dinner with a seasonal local vegetable.

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Just don't let them bring bread to your table..

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Also Zingerman's roadhouse is pretty do-able.

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:24 AM

every time I go to whole foods the hot bar selection sucks. It's like, tofu covered in tofu, or a bunch of beans. :(

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on December 22, 2011
at 09:13 AM

Surely better NOT to brake...that way you'll save a lot of hunting time.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on December 22, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Actually, I do want restaurants. Who knows where the meat behind the counter comes from... probably pigs that were fed newspapers. No, thanks.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 21, 2011
at 09:19 PM

This is my research, aka reconnaissance... I am also trying to make it easier for others... Gee, I never thought I could bring food with me....

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:14 PM

I'd stick with pork chops at as local a diner as you can find. Especially across IA/IL/IN. Best pork in the world, but stay away from the chains.

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Brake for deer.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Exactly, Dave S.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:27 PM

There aren't whole foods everywhere unfortunately....

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:17 PM

Chipotle is a decent option.

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Adds a few months to your driving time, though.

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:18 AM

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on December 21, 2011
at 08:10 AM

You can get a hamburger with lettuce instead of a bun. You can eat at WholeFoods grocery.

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(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 12:24 AM

every time I go to whole foods the hot bar selection sucks. It's like, tofu covered in tofu, or a bunch of beans. :(

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:17 PM

Chipotle is a decent option.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:27 PM

There aren't whole foods everywhere unfortunately....

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:45 AM

For sure... You can find something though :-) I agree on the tofu :-)

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I looked at the hot bar one day. Too much "stuff" in the dishes that a Paleo person should not eat.

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303067c2b030e85c82f1bd09095225ae

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:32 PM

As a truck driver I feel your pain. I bought an Excalibur dehydrator and make my own jerky. All my meals except dinner are beef jerky, almonds and veggies. Boring, yes, but until I can get an normal job, it's the best I can do.

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:47 PM

when i took a road trip recently, i made/took a lot of paleo-ish snacks in the event we couldn't find someplace to eat, we'd at least have a mini-meal of jerky, raw veg, nut butters, fruits. Stopping into a local market & grabbing deli meats/cheeses, boiled eggs is a handy option too. otherwise, in the company of others who insist on eating in a restaurant... burgers w/o buns, steaks/broccoli (extra butter plz!) at nicer places. with just a little planning, we never went hungry.
as far as specific joints that are paleo to eat at... g'luck. i dont know of any paleo-branded restaurants... I just tailor my order to my preferences.

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Elevation Burger! 100% certified organic, grass fed, free range beef that is ground on site. Great lettuce wrap option that holds up well. Organic bacon. 6-month aged unprocessed cheddar. Fries cooked in olive oil. There are currently 30 locations worldwide, but growing quickly.

http://www.elevationburger.com/

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Thanks Mike. Got that one. I ate here recently... I love that you can order from the phone. There is one near my doctor's office and will probably be tasting their goods once a month! http://theprimaltraveler.blogspot.com/2012/10/elevation-burger.html#.UJgMbWl25GA

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:29 PM

In LaGrange, IL, there's a restaurant called Back Alley Burger that's pretty good. You can get anything wrapped in lettuce. It's all grass fed, antibiotic, hormone, free, etc

http://www.backalleyburger.com/

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Thanks so much! It looks amazing.

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:26 AM

there's a lot of places that serve grass fed beef etc here in Ann Arbor, MI. The Grange sources local food exclusively. And some others.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Also I like your website :P good going.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Also Zingerman's roadhouse is pretty do-able.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Yay!! If I think of anything else I'll let you know :)

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 12:28 AM

and there's 2 whole foods here. Carson's American Bistro has a local pork chop dinner with a seasonal local vegetable.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Just don't let them bring bread to your table..

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 05:30 PM

well.. I guess corndogs aren't really paleo to begin with. Take from it what you will. :)

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 23, 2011
at 02:01 AM

Sweet! Love the info! You'll see these places posted tomorrow... Thanks so much for the support!

Medium avatar

(2301)

on December 23, 2011
at 12:30 AM

oh and Deadwood Grill in Northville MI has a lot of game meat. You can get a stupid bumper sticker there that says "I eat my roadkill" or something.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 23, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Looking over these places... 2 I can't use. I need grass-fed and/or organic or at the very least anti-biotic/hormone free. Zingerman's does use Niman Ranch (which is a good one) but if you look at something like their corndog, it lists another place as well. They have like 4 different sources for their meat (not all good) so you never really know what you're getting. The Grange is definitely fresh and farm-to-table, but none of the farms are organic or fully pastured animals. The other two seem to have things on their menu (like bison and wild game) which are sure to be ab/hormone free.

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:25 PM

You don't want restaurants, you want grocery stores. Go the deli counter and get some meat. Grab some pre-cut veggies, berries, nuts, and perhaps some greek yogurt, then head back out.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 22, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Actually, I do want restaurants. Who knows where the meat behind the counter comes from... probably pigs that were fed newspapers. No, thanks.

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on July 22, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Just got back from a road trip from NYC to Florida to California, Colorado and back to NYC. Lots of great places to report! It's great to see how options are changing for the better! Yay paleo/primal community!

http://www.theprimaltraveler.com

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Did someone say Chipotle yet? Because, Chipotle!

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on November 05, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks! I know about Chipotle. Not all locations are anti-biotic/hormone free... but every one that I have been to was. I will definitely add it to the list.

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C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:54 PM

Moe's uses grass-fed beef

Our Earth Fare grocery has grass fed prime rib dinners on Thursday nights. Grilled veggies were a side, but they also had mashed potatoes, rolls & pie (for those who have non-paleo people to please).

My fast food stop now is to get lunch meat and a banana or apple.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on November 05, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Awesome! Thanks! Where are you located?

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

(287)

on December 28, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Louisville, KY. Sorry! Time got away from me!

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82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on November 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Bareburger in NYC. Can do lettuce wrapped burgers... grass-fed, pastured, organic.... So many options in this city. Still looking for suggestions from people around the country.

Where do you eat out in paleo/primal style?

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on December 23, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Look to see if your ever near a BD Mongolian BBQ. That place is awesome.

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on December 23, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Picking up more spots definitely. Looking for as many places as possible. Where do you go out to eat and eat primally? What can you recommend in your area for even just menu items?

http://www.theprimaltraveler.com

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Find out in advance where to find compatible eating spots. Called due diligence, aka reconnaissance. Also, consider carrying a cooler with ice-packed edibles, and be willing to buy new ice on the road to chill food from groceries along the way.

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

(126)

on December 21, 2011
at 09:19 PM

This is my research, aka reconnaissance... I am also trying to make it easier for others... Gee, I never thought I could bring food with me....

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Take a spear with you.
When you are hungry, pull over (outside of towns probably better) and go hunting.
Cook and eat.

Simples...

82d323bf0d853b0564e9781dd97c1b4d

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Exactly, Dave S.

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Adds a few months to your driving time, though.

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Brake for deer.

6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

(2171)

on December 22, 2011
at 09:13 AM

Surely better NOT to brake...that way you'll save a lot of hunting time.

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