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Paleo Restaurant Menu???

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Created January 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

If a restaurant were to create a 'paleo menu', sort of like a gluten free menu.....what should be included and excluded? While paleo by definition includes meats (hopefully ethically raised/pastured), veggies, fruits, nuts/seeds, the concepts of dairy, certain oils, nightshades, and maybe some other aspects are still up in the air or to personal opinion.

So what approach should a restaurant take? Do they just pair up offerings that are semi paleo and include a basic ingredient list? Do they offer dairy items (like butter) as optional or do you need to request it excluded? what about cooking oils, seasonings, and all the other finer points?

Point being, having a straight up paleo restaurant is probably a pipe dream at the moment. So if your corner restaurant were to devise a handful of dishes centered around food they already carry to satisfy the paleo need what would you suggest they consider?

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on January 14, 2011
at 04:52 PM

The candles are edible! When the candle melts you pour it on your food!

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on January 14, 2011
at 06:34 AM

Don't BURN the bacon fat - eat it!!! LOL

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on January 14, 2011
at 02:12 AM

I like this idea a lot, you could even name the restaurant REAL FOOD.

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on January 14, 2011
at 01:04 AM

Oh yes! For dessert! :-D

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on January 14, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Maybe that is the approach, go real food, and you can 'tag' it gluten free, paleo, primal, whatever....but in the end you focus on the real food label first, and let folks mix and match according to their dietary preferences.

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:50 PM

There's enough division already, I like walking into a place knowing everyone can eat there without having to even worry about it.

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on January 13, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Word Vixen, you missed dark chocolate covered bacon! Mmmmmmmm.

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Paleo fits into so many WOEs that I think with proper marketing it could work well. It's gluten free, grain free, some dishes would be egg free, some could even be kosher. It would be easy to offer low fat/high fat varieties of many of the same foods. That said, bacon, topped with bacon, and a side of bacon, with extra bacon would be a great dish... :-)

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:22 PM

With bacon fat candles on the table... http://republicofbacon.com/2011/01/11/edible-bacon-fat-candles-make-fine-dining-delicious/

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:12 PM

All they need to do is cook everything in bacon grease. :)

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on January 13, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Or just putting the option to "add" things, like when restaurants give you the option to add meat. Instead of that, option to "add" dairy. Or having two options. I do like the idea of offering dairy, especially if it is goat & sheep dairy, since that helps open it up to the general community, and also a lot of paleo people do dairy.

I think just being explicit about what is in the food is key, and letting people add & subtract as needed.

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on January 13, 2011
at 11:18 PM

I think a menu set up like Robb Wolf's food matrix (but with less choices, obviously) would be awesome.

Pick your meat, your fat, your veggies and spices: http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/thePaleoSolution_FoodMatrix.pdf

The menu could rotate based on what's in season. You could add in fruits as dessert.

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:36 PM

If it were my eatery I'd ditch the dogma and just say Realfood, no labels, no boxes, no unpronounceable ingredients, with a gluten free, allergy aware section. Everyone could eat and find something they enjoy. Everyone.

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on January 14, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Maybe that is the approach, go real food, and you can 'tag' it gluten free, paleo, primal, whatever....but in the end you focus on the real food label first, and let folks mix and match according to their dietary preferences.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 14, 2011
at 02:12 AM

I like this idea a lot, you could even name the restaurant REAL FOOD.

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on January 14, 2011
at 04:11 AM

I'd love to try some expertly prepared "unusual" sources of protein. Bugs, lizards, possibly alligators or some exotic fish or mushrooms that I would otherwise never know how to find, much less prepare.

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on January 14, 2011
at 01:19 AM

The hubs and I have joked about opening a paleo place called Just Effin' Steak. Plain, simple and to the point. "What do you serve?" Answered in the name! Though, we thought we could expand potentially and make Just Effin' Steak... n' Bacon!

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on July 02, 2011
at 05:00 PM

When my husband and I go out to eat we look at all of the "meat" based entrees and if there is fish offered, we ask if it is wild or farmed. Living in FL we have found "luck" with at least ONE of the fish dishes being local, wild caught. Then we ask for extra steamed veggies in place of rice or potatoes. Voila! We know that it will be cooked in crappy canola oil, but we honestly do not eat out that often :/

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on January 05, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Many good answers. I'd love to walk in the door and see a sign, "Only paleo-friendly oils and fats used here."

I also like Travis's idea of a build-your-meal approach--each list could include at least 3 "strict" options plus 1 or 2 gray area choices.

Just think! Instead of bread baskets, you'd be handed a bowl of kale chips. You could feel safe getting stir fries without worrying about what they were cooked in. And you could have beverage options such as green tea, water kefir or kombucha.

SWEET!

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on January 05, 2012
at 11:06 PM

King Crab and Chedda Bay Biscuits...oh wait...(sob.)

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on January 05, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Dick's Kitchen in Portland, Oregon is a Paleo-based restaurant. The menu is not exclusively Paleo (that would alienate too many customers), but very much Paleo-friendly, and it even includes a brief explanation of the diet. It's one of my favorite places to eat out, and they're very successful.

http://www.dkportland.com/

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on January 14, 2011
at 03:55 AM

if you use ghee, most of the dairy intolerant could partake. steak tartare and pate without gluten and dairy would be lovely. beef short ribs that aren't dredged in flour.

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:26 PM

I've actually thought of this recently, since there's usually 1 thing on a menu that I want to order at best.

Personally, I would make it so they choose their meat/fish/fowl/eggs (which would be fried in a cast-iron pan at fairly low heat with pasture butter) then they choose their green vegetable (which would be steamed to remove some of the oxalates, and then thrown into a greasy pan to finish it off), then they choose their starch (few types of sweet potato, several types of standard potato which would be steamed and then drenched with pasture butter and cinnamon) and dessert would be a mix of berries. I compose all of my meals like this, and I think it's just a very satisfying way to eat.

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:11 PM

How about categorizing the dishes into "strict" paleo and "non-strict"/"loose" paleo?

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:50 PM

There's enough division already, I like walking into a place knowing everyone can eat there without having to even worry about it.

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