Paleo Restaurant Guide?

Answered on September 20, 2014
Created January 31, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Hey Guys,

I'm new to the site but so far it has been an incredible resource for me. I was wondering if there is currently any type of guide/website with "paleo friendly" meals from common restaurants? This would be super helpful when people want to eat out but stay paleo instead of asking the restaurant a bunch of questions about each thing on the menu. (what oils they use to cook, what's in something, etc)

If there ISN'T something like this and other people are interested, I would like to put something together for all of us to use (free of course). I'm a partner at a full service web design/development agency so I can make a really handy website for us.

If we go ahead and do this I'm going to need the help of the community though! I can do all of the website/technical stuff but I need help putting together the content - what restaurants are paleo friendly and which specific dishes/meals are as well. I'm thinking if enough people contribute we can even create different pages for specific cities and list restaurants/meals for all kinds of places around the world. Wouldn't that be awesome for traveling?


I haven't been able to find one well organized resource online that just tells me which places have paleo-friendly meals so I'm going to build a website that does just that. I'm going to need a lot of help with the content though, so this is what I need from YOU guys:

I created an easy to fill out form where you can enter the name of the restaurant, the meal(s), and any other relevant information. If everyone can take a few minutes and fill this out with as many places/meals as possible we can get a really solid resource put together. I want it to be simple enough that you can search the site and instantly see if there are any paleo-friendly meals, and if not it'll give you a bunch of alternatives.

I do realize that letting anyone fill out the form can lead to mistakes (i.e. submitting a non-paleo meal) so if one or two highly qualified paleo-ers are willing to look through the responses to make sure the meals are all "Ok" let me know!

link to the form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dGc0Z004S2J2R1BpQjZhMy1tclh3NlE6MQ

please pass this around and share it so we can get as much data for the site as possible!



on July 13, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Hey Scott! Would love your help on the website. We've made some progress on developing it but we need a lot of help getting together the meals/locations database put together. If you want to drop me an email (tom@mediabuilt.com) we can collab and see if we can make this happen. :)



on February 13, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Hey, I've been working on this as well. It's a great idea. I'm currently gathering info as well. The paleo folks sure could use something like this! :)



on January 31, 2012
at 09:34 PM

If you search "paleo-friendly" you'll find a number of questions about restaurants in specific areas that would be useful to many if combined.

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on February 01, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I LOVE this idea! A page with "what to ask your server" if the restaurant isn't a chain would be great too.

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on September 20, 2014
at 10:17 PM

My husband and I just finished our development version of PaleoMaps

Our hope is that this can become a useful resource guide to help paleo/primal people find places to eat (and eventually other paleo friendly farms, markets, gyms, etc.) It's completely free to add your favorite paleo places.

We would really appreciate help adding restaurant listings to the site since it's just the two of us working after hours to build the site out. We'd love if restaurant owners would add their own restaurants as well, but I think that until we can work on articles, it will be in the hands of people who are willing to share the paleo places they know in their area. 

As I've been adding listings, I've realize that a lot of these restaurants don't even know that they are paleo...One restaurant said they weren't sure if they were... and then turned out to be locally sourced, with 16 gluten-free items, all pastured pork, wild fish, grassfed beef, non-gmo, organic produce--everything short of raising the cow in their back yard! I'll be working on "cheat sheets" to help restaurants determine if are paleo, to avoid what happens on other directories...when I'm looking at restaurants, I ask myself, could I find a couple of things to eat, and do they understand gluten-free, etc. 

We'd really appreciate feedback, and assitance in making this a valuable paleo resource.


on October 03, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Do you want only franchises or local restaurants as well?


on July 12, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Great Idea Tom. Have you gotten anywhere on the website? I'm a professional programmer/app developer and would love to collaborate on this to make it generally available to the primal community.



on July 13, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Hey Scott! Would love your help on the website. We've made some progress on developing it but we need a lot of help getting together the meals/locations database put together. If you want to drop me an email (tom@mediabuilt.com) we can collab and see if we can make this happen. :)


on February 09, 2012
at 03:28 AM

Edited the original post - I'm going to start working on the website. Everyone please read the edit and fill out the form! I want to have as much variety on the site as possible so share this page and/or the form with all your paleo friends so we can beef up the site :)


on February 08, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Sounds like a great idea for some tech-y person to create an app! Or... I have noticed a few paleo apps for my iPhone (none are that great), perhaps someone could enhance an existing app to have this feature? Sounds like a GREAT idea!



on February 01, 2012
at 03:25 AM

I want simple. Too complex and I'll waste far too much time looking for food in some guide. I checked out a few apps, I found PaleoGoGo met my needs.

Put in a restaurant and it gives you 3 meals to look for. Period. There may be more in the menu, but this is excellent for my needs to get my choice quick. If I have more time to sit before choosing I'll stare at the choices further and interrogate the server. ;)



on February 01, 2012
at 02:18 AM

The two most paleo friendly places I've found in my area are Chipoltle and BD's Mongolian BBQ, mostly because they have the ingredients laid out before you. Barring that, a steak house is usually a good choice. But even then, a greasy spoon can usually serve up an edible steak and eggs, but don't expect it to be free of meat glue, and don't expect free range grass fed beef either.

It would be very difficult to post recommendations of various dishes at other places because you won't always know what's in the sauces, dressing, etc., and the waitstaff probably won't know either. It can also change without notice.

I see no reason to not do this if you have the time and server space to do it, though. It would be a good gauge to see how popular the diet has become. As a general rule, the longer I do this way of life, the less I want to eat at restaurants.


on May 02, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Hey guys, I have a list (only 3 cities for now), on my site. I'm adding restaurants every week. I'm from New york, so as I eat out in New York I'm adding my restaurants. There's a send me a message link on the page http://www.epaleorecipebook.com/paleo-restaurants/ where I ask everyone to email me their paleo friendly restaurants, so I can enter them in the database. I'm still working out the kinks of the backend app, so for now it's a lot of manual work. Disclosure, I'm also an affiliate for a paleo recipe book, which hopefully will support maintaining the site. Thx! Federico

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