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When you are eating out?

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Created January 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

When you are eating out, where (be specific) do you go and what do you order?

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Another +1 for Legal Seafoods. They are meticulous in trying to ensure cross contamination of gluten does not occur.

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on January 23, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I found a local cafe with gluten free pizza and I was thinking that it could be a once a month treat for myself. I don't do cheat days, so it sounded like a nice change of pace.

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on January 22, 2011
at 02:00 AM

I love Legal Seafoods! I miss it.

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on January 21, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Cynharin, Thank you for the invite. Looks like a good group. Have not tried URBAN PL8 yet, will probably go for lunch in the next week. I salivate at the thought of having food prepared by someone who was a sous chef at Bacchanalia and Floataway, fine restaurants both, but they don't serve lunch and are very pricey. Looking forward to reading about the gathering Tuesday night.

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on January 21, 2011
at 06:08 PM

really i guess buffalo wings are probably a pretty horrendous cheat given how many times they probably refry whatever industrial oil... but once every month or two probably isnt much cause for concern.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Hey Doris, if you'd like to meet other paleo/primal folks in the ATL, check out our meetup group! http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Paleo-Primal-Meetup/

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on January 23, 2011
at 03:09 PM

I have Chipotle every once in a while, and In n Out, protein style! Any casual dining restuarant that serves breakfast all day is good for omelettes or steak and eggs plus a side salad instead of hash browns. Just be sure they don't add pankcake mix to their omelette and scrambled egg mix (IHOP!). Avoid chicken unless it comes on the bone or you can verify the ingredients. Most of the time it is heavily processed and marinated with trans fats, soybean oil, etc. even if it just looks like a plain chicken breast. A ground beef patty is usually just pure ground beef. So I always go for bunless burgers and side salads instead of chicken salads if I'm stuck.

My big cheat is gluten free pizza from BJs. The crust is super thin and only has a little bit of grain starch from rice flour. The rest of it is tapioca and potato starch and its made with olive oil. It is however covered in cheese and a sauce that is sweet enough that I know it has sugar in it. But it is once a month thing for me, haha. They have amazing salads there too with tons of vegetables and meat, not just a big bowl of lettuce.

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on January 23, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I found a local cafe with gluten free pizza and I was thinking that it could be a once a month treat for myself. I don't do cheat days, so it sounded like a nice change of pace.

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07ad8e05f734cb1deec5479dc0e4a194

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on January 22, 2011
at 02:02 AM

I love Thai food. Maybe not very palo, but the coconut milk curries with veggies and shrimp, for example, are so good. I do miss the rice, but have found that I can eat a lot more of the shrimp and veggies now that I leave rice on the side!

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Chipotle! I'll usually get a Barbacoa salad, double meat, double salsa, and lots of guac

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I eat out pretty frequently, actually! Although the meat isn't grassfed/organic unless I really search for it, that is the only non-paleo part about it!

Almost always I stick with a burger! I go no-bun, no-cheese, cooked in butter (I was so afraid to ask about this at first, but I swear, nobody blinks an eye!), and sub in a side-salad or veggie for fries. And almost always I'll get a bigger salad w/o dressing and have them bring me oil/vinegar on the side (although I recently realized that this is probably not olive oil, so I may start bringing my own.. ha!). Breakfast is easy - eggs & bacon cooked in butter. Usually this doesn't fill me up (uh, two slices of bacon and two eggs...?) so I'll order a side of something or just stick with a burger/eggs.

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on January 21, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Vietnamese restaurant: Pho - hold the noodles, increase the meat & veg; shrimp, pork and vegetable salad; beef salad Ruby Tuesdays: Petite sirloin, 2 sides of broccoli, lemon wedges for the broccoli Thai - beef salad; larp, curries w/o rice

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on January 21, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Sometimes I react to cross-contamination in restaurants, sometimes I don't, so I prefer to eat out less often and spend a little more on a nice place that's sensitive to food allergies. My favorite place is Legal Seafoods, a relatively small chain on the east coast. They have a gluten-free menu! And real butter! And their gluten-free bread is a wonderful reminder of why you shouldn't smoke candy cigarettes! You won't poo for DAYS....

When I travel and can't pack my own food, I go for steaks and hope for the best. I fill it out with coffee and cream.

If I'm going out with friends/family, which isn't often since we moved far away from them several months ago, I call ahead to the restaurant. I went to an anniversary dinner over Christmas at a restaurant whose online menu looked like they bought everything frozen in glutenized marinades from restaurant supply stores - and it turned out that all their meat is cooked from scratch in only salt and pepper, with floury sauces always served separately, and mashed potatoes made strictly from fresh potatoes, cream, and butter, and veggies steamed and topped with real butter. Very pleasant surprise, so always call ahead and ask!

07ad8e05f734cb1deec5479dc0e4a194

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on January 22, 2011
at 02:00 AM

I love Legal Seafoods! I miss it.

Da19dae8f2904efb21298b785f5d6cb7

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Another +1 for Legal Seafoods. They are meticulous in trying to ensure cross contamination of gluten does not occur.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I eat out maybe five times a year. Steakhouses only.

If there's an event that's catered I bring tins of sardines in olive oil and ask for lettuce.

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on January 22, 2011
at 11:38 PM

We either do Steakhouses (Majors being the current fav!) or, if we have non-paleo people and want to eat cheaply, salads at Panera (no croutons!).

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Fogo de Chao is always a pretty good paleoish option. Most major metros have one.

http://www.fogodechao.com/

Ruby Tuesday is good for the steak and salad bar.

http://www.rubytuesday.com/

Obviously, neither are paleo, but you can get something that appraoches paleo between the meat and the veggies.

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on January 22, 2011
at 03:18 AM

I eat lunch out for business regularly, usually at a casual dining chain restaurant (e.g., Apple Bees, Fridays, Olive Garden, etc.).

I alomost always eat the same thing... beef burger, no bun of course, with pepperjack cheese and bacon; sometimes I get a side salad as well.

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on January 21, 2011
at 10:26 PM

There's a great sushi place here that has wild salmon and lists where all of the fish are caught and by what method. I usually get a lot of mackerel, salmon and I order natto to weird them out.

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on January 21, 2011
at 07:42 PM

i havent had much of a problem eating out, since i dont have much of an issue with cross contamination from gluten. i can find something on every menu- grilled fish and veggies, bunless burger with salad instead of fries, giant salad with chicken, steak tips or shrimp, sashimi, meat with grilled, roasted or steamed veggies, breakfast is scrambled eggs and bacon, lunch is gigantic salad with just olive oil instead of dressing. i ask about veggie oil and if they use it for cooking, i ask for veggies raw or steamed instead of cooked. havent run into that too too often though, but often enough that i still ask. i went out the otehr night to a Mexican place and had carne asada with sliced poblano peppers and onions, guacamole and plantains. it came with a scoop of black beans that i just left on the plate. it was incredible! i didnt even have to make any weird substitutions. it was a slow food restaurants, so i was pretty confident of the claims. ill definitely be going back. they also made a norcal margarita (though it was called something else) and sangria without any added sugar (OJ, wine and cinnamon.)

and guess what? they even had grasshoppers on the app menu! i passed on that.

ETA: i should add that we dont have a lot of chain restaurants around where i live, and i do go out of my way to avoid them. the only food i really miss is indian- not enough paleo friendly items. boo.

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on January 21, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Right now I'm eating a liver appetizer (from lamb according to the waitress) from the local Turkish place. They're also good for grilled meat, salads and Lebni (strained yogurt, dill, chopped walnuts).

I'm eating out a lot less than I used to but will still do so from time to time... Bunless burgers, tortilla-less fajitas, cobb salads, omelets, bean-less chili, seafood bisque or clam chowder, those kinds of things.

Or sometimes when I eat out I'll just plain cheat - making use of that 20%! Some of the cheats don't seem too bad - like spare ribs, buffalo wings.

I'm also a big fan of the sides of meat, sides of guac menu hack at Chipotle. Bear with me and I'll post about it in its own thread. It deserves one!

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on January 21, 2011
at 06:08 PM

really i guess buffalo wings are probably a pretty horrendous cheat given how many times they probably refry whatever industrial oil... but once every month or two probably isnt much cause for concern.

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:59 PM

I mostly only eat out at restaurants when my family has an occasion like a birthday. The location is chosen by the birthday guy/gal, so I have no choice in the matter. Sometimes I'll go out with friends to a sports bar. My general rules is to avoid bread, pasta, potatoes, and deserts. Dairy and rice are ok for one meal because they're my cheat lists, plus I won't care too much about what's in a sauce. The last place I ate at I had a barbecue platter and subbed the fries with cole slaw.

If I'm just out and need a quick meal, I'll go the grocery store and get a rotisserie chicken or something from the salad bar. One of my favorite "eating out" meals has become rotisserie chicken meat smothered in items from my grocery store's antipasti bar (roasted peppers, garlic and mushrooms in lots of olive oil.)

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:27 PM

I've been cross contaminated so many times eating out, that I avoid it whenever possible.I don't expect the general populace to cater to my food intolerances,and the staff of places around here tend to be not paid enough to care.Mexican has been a pretty safe bet..the rare occasions when we do go out,that's what we eat.The place down the street does a Tex-Mex chorizo topped burger that is to die for, as well as ceviche and grilled seafoods.

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I essentially never eat out (since that would involve spending money), but when I do go for a meal out with family or some such, I'll almost invariably go for a (blue) steak and a salad- pretty straightforward and safe and I never get steak elsewhen. I used to have a baked camembert for a starter or cheese and biscuits (sans biscuits) afterwards, but have since cut out non-goats/sheeps cheese. Also I'd often order pate for a starter before becoming resigned to the fact that my idea of a portion of pate (500g) and theirs (15g plus a loaf of bread) were sharply divergent.

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:39 PM

I don't eat out often, so when I do, I just try to choose the best options possible. I do not have any noticeable reaction to gluten, so I don't worry about trace contamination.

California Pizza Kitchen - Grilled Vegetable Salad w/salmon

Panera Bread - Any salad, just minus croutons plus Avocado! and maybe nuts

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:34 PM

There's a place in my town called "Chef's American Bistro," they have a variety of meat options (steaks, lamb steaks, organic pork chops) and fish (cod, king salmon, catfish, etc. available steamed, blackened, seared, fried); you can choose a protein, a sauce (I think they mostly have flour in them, so I'm skipping the sauces from now on), and two sides. I like the "customizability," and usually I get a fish with broccoli and green beans. If I were a good Paleo, I'd inquire about the cooking oils, but I don't eat out much these days, so I don't sweat it. When I go for Japanese, I try to stick with salmon sashimi.

I also love Chipotle- I get the salad with mild salsa, chicken or carnitas, guac, and a little cheese. John Durant posted about eating at Chipotle, and I picked up this technique- when they ask what kind of meat, I say "Could I do half pork, half chicken please?" and I end up with extra meat! I'm cool with Outback too- ribeye, veggies, and a sweet potato (just down let them drown it in sugar!)

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I go to Farmburger in Decatur GA and order a burger (from grassfed beef) with lettuce and onions, no bun with a side of bone marrow. Sometimes a side of sweet potato fries. Brick House Pub also in Decatur has delicious burgers perfectly cooked don't know if grassfed. At Taqueria del Sol I order guacamole and don't eat the chips that come with and either a brisket or carne asado taco and don't eat the tortilla and a small salad for which I bring my own vinegar oil dressing. Mostly my husband and I do lunch and don't go out much at night. My favorite evening restaurant is Cakes and Ale in Decatur. I ran into the chef at the Morningside Farmers Market one Saturday and watching him buy his produce made we want to follow him to his restaurant. Thanks for the question. It's making me hungry.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Hey Doris, if you'd like to meet other paleo/primal folks in the ATL, check out our meetup group! http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Paleo-Primal-Meetup/

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on January 21, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Cynharin, Thank you for the invite. Looks like a good group. Have not tried URBAN PL8 yet, will probably go for lunch in the next week. I salivate at the thought of having food prepared by someone who was a sous chef at Bacchanalia and Floataway, fine restaurants both, but they don't serve lunch and are very pricey. Looking forward to reading about the gathering Tuesday night.

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:46 PM

I'm anxious to hit the Red Lobster with a gift card we got over the holidays. I plan to get lobster, crab, shrimp, veggies, and a salad. I'll say no to batter fried food, rice pilaf, drawn butter, and cheese bread; they don't even sound appetizing anymore.

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:15 PM

I love Chipotle, but was surprised to find out that everything but the cheese and sour cream was cooked in soybean oil. Here is the link to their nutrition info.

We have a Qdoba nearby which is very similar without all the soy. I always get a salad (without the tortilla bowl), double chicken, hot salsa and guacamole.

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on January 21, 2011
at 04:33 PM

I've had pretty good luck at some Chinese buffets. I will choose chicken on a stick, or boiled shrimp, or even an unsweetened stirfry, and also the green beans or brocolli. Thai restaurants offer simple dishes like Chicken Basil or Nam sad that work well enough. Just avoid the rice.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:24 PM

I love Carrabbas. They really do make all their food from scratch and you can ask about ingredients. They have a list of everything that servers can check for you. I love the fudgy dessert cake, but it has wheat in it and so I have been avoiding it. I got the salmon with zuccinni and an italian salad last night. The chicken bryan is also delicious.

Most other restaurants I get steak with whatever their vegetable is along with a salad.

I go to lunch with people from work a lot. We frequent a diner that serves breakfast during lunch, so I'll often get a tucsan omelet. Most places have big salads topped with chicken or beef so I get a lot of those. If we go to a Mexican restaurant, I get fajitas without the tortillas and I avoid the chip basket. I thought the chips would be the biggest temptation, but the last time we went I ate a few and realized I wasn't missing anything by staying away from them. 8)

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