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Suggestions for dining out--Staying as Paleo as possible?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I know PH members come from all over the world, but I thought it might be helpful to have a topic listing the places one can get a Paleo-ish meal that doesn't break the bank. Plus if you dine out with friends and family you'll know places you can go that doesn't serve anything but deepfried chicken and onion rings, lol. Often I won't have any leftovers to bring to work for lunch, and so I have to go out and get something. Eating out is never going to be 100% Paleo, but you can come close to it at most places.

Boston Market (proteins: chicken & beef brisket--sides: garlicky-lemon spinach, fresh steamed veg, primal garlic dill potatoes)

Chili's (fajitas w/o tortilla, primal Santa Fe chicken skillet, grilled salmon, baby back ribs)

Applebee's (Florentine topped house sirloin, steak and potato salad, shrimp & parmesan sirloin, asiago peppercorn steak, signature sirloin w/ garlic herb shrimp (I'm sensing a theme here, lol), grilled dijon chicken and portobellos)

Olive Garden--resist the breadsticks! (mussels, zuppa toscana, mixed grill skewers with veg, steak toscano, venetian apricot chicken ('ware the sauce if you're trying to cut back on sugar), herb-grilled salmon)

What are some other places you can think of where you can get a Paleo-ish meal?

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on February 08, 2013
at 07:51 PM

I don't think I could walk into an Olive Garden without eating the breadsticks. That is the ultimate test of willpower.

92e5c51218f00220e0362c47b2a94b9a

on November 27, 2011
at 05:34 AM

I've never known Applebee's to have meat of the quality worth eating.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Sashimi is the least likely to be tampered with. I have a weekly lunch meeting with my girlfriends and I always get wonderful sashimi, accompanied by my huge flask of tea that I always carry around.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on August 11, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Related question: List of Paleo options at chain restaurants: http://paleohacks.com/questions/16491/list-of-paleo-ish-options-at-chain-restaurants#axzz1UkCZg0iZ

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 11, 2011
at 05:11 PM

I just went there and got a burrito bowl with all fajita veg instead of beans and rice, a heap of guac, and barbacoa and mild tomato salsa.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 11, 2011
at 05:09 PM

hmmm. interesting idea. i wonder how much got soaked into the meat though by marinating. good job for at least soaking it up with the napkin though. that's better than not.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 11, 2011
at 05:09 PM

hmmm. interesting idea. i wonder how much got soaked into the meat though by marinating. good job for at least soaking it though. that's better than not.

E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

(370)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Mmmmm carne asada.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:57 PM

here's what i do: i get two sides of steak and a side of guac. then i grab about 12 napkins and proceed to wipe the steak chunks until they're practically dry. i figure that knocks out a lot of the soybean oil (wipe the bowl thoroughly too). then mix in the guac, a few slices of lemon. then add eggs, green onion, or whatever else i brought from home to 'augment' my chipotle hack ; )

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:19 PM

doh!! I guess not. Noooooooooooooooooo! Pork is the only meat there not drenched in soybean oil. http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx. Melissa - how is it going with the efforts on this? Any promise of hope?

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Plus one for sashimi. I get a huge platter at least once a week. I've been known to bring my own bottle of gluten free tamari if we're going to a restaurant (as opposed to just getting takeout for lack of babysitter).

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:14 PM

True! I could probably eat that stuff every day.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:13 PM

The barbacoa is the tastiest, anyhow.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:11 PM

what about their pork? isn't that just seasoned & roasted?

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:11 PM

I dont eat out hardly at all. If I do its for sashimi and seaweed. Its hard to screw that up.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:14 PM

True! I could probably eat that stuff every day.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Plus one for sashimi. I get a huge platter at least once a week. I've been known to bring my own bottle of gluten free tamari if we're going to a restaurant (as opposed to just getting takeout for lack of babysitter).

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Sashimi is the least likely to be tampered with. I have a weekly lunch meeting with my girlfriends and I always get wonderful sashimi, accompanied by my huge flask of tea that I always carry around.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Chipotle: The only major issue is the soybean oil. I think they use it even on their steak! But I know they cook their veggies in it. As far as I know, the barbacoa beef is marinated without soybean oil. I am still awaiting the day that Melissa and Chris pull off the unthinkable and convince them to drop it altogther.

btw... side note: Pick-Up Stix could be Paleo-ish, but they use soybean oil to cook everything, so they are out.

Most nice restaurants: Steak and potatoes, or a seafood option like shellfish. Could always eat the starter salad as well with some lemon/lime juice squeeze.

Filippis Pizza: XLarge Za with pepperoni and sausage. Salad with Italian dressing. Breadsticks. Large Dr. Pepper. Cheesecake for dessert.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:13 PM

The barbacoa is the tastiest, anyhow.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on August 11, 2011
at 05:09 PM

hmmm. interesting idea. i wonder how much got soaked into the meat though by marinating. good job for at least soaking it up with the napkin though. that's better than not.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on August 11, 2011
at 05:09 PM

hmmm. interesting idea. i wonder how much got soaked into the meat though by marinating. good job for at least soaking it though. that's better than not.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:57 PM

here's what i do: i get two sides of steak and a side of guac. then i grab about 12 napkins and proceed to wipe the steak chunks until they're practically dry. i figure that knocks out a lot of the soybean oil (wipe the bowl thoroughly too). then mix in the guac, a few slices of lemon. then add eggs, green onion, or whatever else i brought from home to 'augment' my chipotle hack ; )

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:11 PM

what about their pork? isn't that just seasoned & roasted?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:19 PM

doh!! I guess not. Noooooooooooooooooo! Pork is the only meat there not drenched in soybean oil. http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx. Melissa - how is it going with the efforts on this? Any promise of hope?

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I usually look for grilled salmon or other fish or a salad of some sort. Worst case, gimme a burger with no bun. Mexican places usually have carne asada. It's pretty much impossible to get restaurant food without a big dose of n6 and all the beef is grain fed and the fish are farmed. I just limit my eating out as much as possible.

E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

(370)

on August 11, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Mmmmm carne asada.

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on August 11, 2011
at 05:07 PM

A burrito bowl with the pork and guac sans rice is a constant choice for me at Chipotle's.

At other restaurants, I usually get a roast chicken or steak with veg and potatoes, and skip the bread basket.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 11, 2011
at 05:11 PM

I just went there and got a burrito bowl with all fajita veg instead of beans and rice, a heap of guac, and barbacoa and mild tomato salsa.

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3985479f67c0aefe8789cc876683a774

on February 08, 2013
at 05:52 AM

When Ruby Tuesday redid their menu recently they added several sides that should be mostly paleo friendly (excluding the oils they likely use): roasted spaghetti squash, mashed cauliflower [probably has a bit of dairy, more primal], grilled zucchini and asparagus, and sliced tomatoes with balsamic). Pair those with some broiled fish or grilled steak/chicken and it seems pretty paleo-friendly!

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on February 08, 2013
at 02:32 AM

http://mypanera.panerabread.com/articlestips/article/access-into-paneras-hidden-menu/

Panera now has a so called "hidden menu." Probably contains some canola oil or something like that, but looks pretty reasonable in a pinch. Women always want to eat at Panera, now they at least have something that doesn't contain bread!

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on August 11, 2011
at 04:34 PM

If I eat out I always get grilled fish, sometimes rack of lamb. I have to worry about cross contamination from beef so fish is always safer! Baked potatoes are also a safe side for me.

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Ee3dce7b37e00c5a3f46ea881ca72946

on February 12, 2013
at 03:55 PM

Go to any type of place that has a big salad bar like golden coral. They always have baked chicken,fish,and steak, fresh veges and fresh fruit. I take my (own) Italian Dressing for the salads. I drink water with a lemon wedge and i am totally satisfied. :)

On some of the other remarks above i was surprised by the soy sauses and potatoes mentioned with the paleo lifestyle :O

I only eat: meat, veges, fruit and nuts and seeds = protein, carbs, and fats = PALEO!

Have a wonderful week :)

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34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on February 08, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Not sure whether this is a concern for you eating out, but from my own experience in the restaurant industry, there will be canola/vegetable oil EVERYWHERE. From grilled items to salad dressing. Seriously. Nothing is safe. Do not assume that just because a burger is grilled that they don't have a spray bottle of oil that they will use to keep the meat moist - they do. Anything cooked on a flat top grill will also get a dose of oil before it's finished as well.

I find this is even more the case in fine dining establishments that want to keep their reputation - meat must be kept from drying out. Oil is the answer.

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Ef96f87d3b2b585a4edf2175d3a7426d

on February 07, 2013
at 07:13 PM

I'm just starting on Paleo so I have been trying different things. I went to Chipotle today and got the salad with veggies, chicken, tomato salsa, and Guac. After reading your posts I think I will get the Pork with salad from now on and add my own fresh veggies from home with tomato salsa and guac. I didn't think about the oils used to marinate their meats.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on October 14, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Here are some options:

1) Chipotle or Qdoba - burrito in a bowl (no wraps) - add your meat, veggies, guacamole, salsa, and cheese (optional)

2) burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves with various condiments chosen from - caramelized mushrooms/onions, tomatoes, bacon, salsa, guacamole, and cheese (optional)

3) grilled/baked fish or chicken with sides such as baked/mashed potatoes, steamed veggies like brocoli/spinach/asparagus with lots of butter

4) salads with eggs, meat, bacon, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, oil and vinegar, cheese (optional).

5) Thai places - spring rolls, curries or soups +/-rice

6) Mexican places doing fajita salads. I've even ordered corn tamales and enchiladas but ripped off the corn if I thought it was too much. I like the inside marinated spiced meat and will order extra lettuce, pico, shredded cheese, and salsa to eat it with.

7) gluten-free meat chili (not always available)

8) Asian places that use Tamari, gluten-free soy sauce (harder to find) - meat & veggies stir fry

9) more expensive - steakhouses and sushi

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on August 11, 2011
at 05:58 PM

There are only three kinds of restaurants I will go to. I am soy and gluten allergic.

  1. Steak houses (good ones, not cheap, and possibly disqualifying from your criteria); whatever methods they use, steakhouses keep my brand of kosher.

  2. Sushi places

  3. Restaurants where I've talked with the chef personally and know that there's continuity in the kitchen. In my native Columbus, OH there is exactly ONE place that I know doesn't give me bs answers to my questions because they're telling me what they think I want to hear and/or just making something up.

Needless to say I'm quite happy eating at home. I used to date and that was problematic. Now I only go out with soccer players and bartenders so I don't have to worry about food.

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