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Have you signed up to ask restaurants to offer Paleo meals in your neighborhood yet?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 03, 2012 at 2:52 AM

We Want Paleo is a site aimed at asking restaurants to offer paleo choices. They're asking people to sign up and sort of sign a petition to let restaurants know that there's demand for paleo-friendly restaurants.

check it out. wewantpaleo.com

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2012
at 05:40 AM

Obviously there are some restaurants that don't serve anything "paleo" but there are some that do and loads that will make changes to a meal, when asked. Whether or not they are conveniently placed to where you work is another matter

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 04, 2012
at 05:39 AM

Obviously there are some restaurants that don't serve anything "paleo" but there are some that do and loads that will make changes to a meal, when asked. Whether they are conveniently placed to where you work is another matter.

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on May 03, 2012
at 07:51 PM

There's nothing within 10 minutes' walk of my work that I can eat, being paleo and soy/nut allergic. This is in a highly populated metro area (Somerville, MA)! We need more.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:35 PM

It's Miss Shirley's, a Baltimore institution. It's not cheap though, and the Omega-3 Wrap was one of the most expensive things on the menu ($18). I hope it comes with a lot of salmon.

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on May 03, 2012
at 05:49 PM

I always wonder what it's cooked in though. I work in the restaurant industry, and can tell you that most of the time, canola oil is the main source of cooking oils. We try and be local, organic, and health conscious as possible, but canola oil is still bought by the gallon.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on May 03, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Cool! What's the name of the place? (I'm in southern MD)

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:59 PM

All valid points, but as someone who's worked food service, it's the stuff behind the scenes that's impossible to control for.

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:50 PM

You must not have a good relationship with the staff at restaurants you frequent.

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Haha. Warren I just asked something similar in the comment section and then read this. Couldn't agree more.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Eating paleo doesn't have be a show.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Don't most restaurants already offer paleo dishes? I cannot think of a single restaurant I have eaten at that does not have anything paleo to offer. What restaurant does not have a piece of grilled meat/fish with a salad? Or meat/fish with sautéed vegetables?

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:19 PM

Not to mention that what they call olive oil is rarely olive oil. Salad dressings, fake butter, sauces, the list goes on and on...

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Amen, raney. Oils are going to be the toughest thing for restaurants to contend with. I have a good restaurant here that's nose-to-tail but they still use peanut oil. :/

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:06 PM

I'd be one loyal customer if I could find a single restaurant that didn't use canola oil.

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on May 03, 2012
at 10:23 AM

There very well may be paleo friendly foods, but if I can ensure the steak in my eatery is grass-fed & my vegetables are as locally sourced as possible - that'd be a cause worth supporting. Kudos to them for pushing for it.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:11 PM

No. I prefer to speak directly to the restaurant owners. I've found the pretty responsive, especially if you already appreciate what they offer.

Just met a lovely woman who opened a caf?? here and I have already opened up a conversation, since she sells gluten-free goodies.

I'm hoping that by asking restaurants (that already focus on local meats/dairy) about what fats they use, I can start a dialog and hopefully inspire them to shift to olive oil, coconut oil or (gasp!) lard for cooking.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:48 AM

Have you signed up to ask restaurants to offer Paleo meals in your neighborhood yet?

No. It seems like a stupid idea.
What are the "paleo" foods that restaurants don't offer at the moment?

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Amen, raney. Oils are going to be the toughest thing for restaurants to contend with. I have a good restaurant here that's nose-to-tail but they still use peanut oil. :/

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:19 PM

Not to mention that what they call olive oil is rarely olive oil. Salad dressings, fake butter, sauces, the list goes on and on...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Haha. Warren I just asked something similar in the comment section and then read this. Couldn't agree more.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 03, 2012
at 03:06 PM

I'd be one loyal customer if I could find a single restaurant that didn't use canola oil.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:51 PM

There's nothing within 10 minutes' walk of my work that I can eat, being paleo and soy/nut allergic. This is in a highly populated metro area (Somerville, MA)! We need more.

7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on May 03, 2012
at 10:23 AM

There very well may be paleo friendly foods, but if I can ensure the steak in my eatery is grass-fed & my vegetables are as locally sourced as possible - that'd be a cause worth supporting. Kudos to them for pushing for it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 04, 2012
at 05:39 AM

Obviously there are some restaurants that don't serve anything "paleo" but there are some that do and loads that will make changes to a meal, when asked. Whether they are conveniently placed to where you work is another matter.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 04, 2012
at 05:40 AM

Obviously there are some restaurants that don't serve anything "paleo" but there are some that do and loads that will make changes to a meal, when asked. Whether or not they are conveniently placed to where you work is another matter

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Talk directly to your local establishment. Part of living a paleo lifestyle is buying real food from your LOCAL farmer (as often as you can). This goes for restaurants that also look locally. A global website isn't necessary and seems against the paleo/primal way, no?

Furthermore, I find it VERY VERY easy to order things "Paleo" at ANY restaurant. Being super Celiac may make it a wee challenging for some, but for the vast majority of us, get a little creative and speak up!

The Paleo newbies sometimes are a bit over zealous about the LIFESTYLE and want EVERYONE to know they're "paleo" but I find simply asking for that "open faced sandwich" to be served without the roll or bun (and add a bit more veggies on the side) is an easy way to accomplish your mission.

I also find ordering the appetizers - ie, the meat sampler, or the sausage sampler, or the ceviche, or the anitipasta plate, etc with a salad and steamed veggies always works.

I'm seeing more wait staff knowing exactly what I'm up to and appreciate my simple requests.

Good luck!

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:59 PM

All valid points, but as someone who's worked food service, it's the stuff behind the scenes that's impossible to control for.

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Sure. I'm just not sure what exactly they're going to accomplish. I live in a small town that prizes small businesses and I can't imagine how a campaign such as this would help. Luckily, many of the businesses here are responsive and focused on healthy, local options.

Now, I could see this having traction with bigger restaurants. I know there has been a concerted effort to get Chipotle to start using healthy oils (coconut maybe?) already underway, so maybe this can add to that momentum.

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:47 PM

I haven't signed the petition, but I was at a brunch place in Baltimore last weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see the "Omega-3 Wrap", which seemed designed specifically for paleo people. It was salmon, avacado and veggies wrapped in lettuce. This place also will do anything on the menu gluten free as well.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on May 03, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Cool! What's the name of the place? (I'm in southern MD)

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:35 PM

It's Miss Shirley's, a Baltimore institution. It's not cheap though, and the Omega-3 Wrap was one of the most expensive things on the menu ($18). I hope it comes with a lot of salmon.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on May 03, 2012
at 05:59 PM

I haven't signed up; there's a petition for everything out there these days and they've become less and less effective. Using better fats in restaurant food would be great, but aside from that, I never have a problem getting a good meal when I go out; I pretty much avoid Italian places but that's about it. Most places are very accomodating about substitutions, wrapping a burger in lettuce, etc., and if they won't, they don't get my business. Besides, given that most people still don't know what paleo is, I can see this getting brushed off by the decision-makers at restaurants.

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