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Paleo Restaurant

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Created December 09, 2010 at 9:40 PM

One of my dreams someday is to open a Paleo restaurant. That said, you can imagine how excited I was when my friend forwarded me this link.

Dick's Kitchen http://www.dkportland.com/ "Delicious, sustainable fare featuring grass-fed beef burgers, fresh local veggies and plenty of vegetarian options. Dick's Kitchen - Portland's answer to the "Paleo" diet."

What do you guys think of this? You can click on the link for a preview of the menu.

At first I was very excited (I live in Seattle, and regularly go to Portland to visit family). But as I looked at it, I got a bit concerned. If they put croutons on the salad, and serve sandwiches on Rye bread, I'm a little concerned about what their definition of paleo is, and wonder if the condiments & desserts are going to be truely paleo.

Still, it is a step in the right direction. Maybe they felt they needed to give a little to be accepted by the mainstream. Like their "potato" buns.

Thoughts?

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on December 13, 2010
at 09:54 PM

I'm actually in Seattle, but am originally from Portland, and visit regularly, so yes, these sites will be useful!

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on December 10, 2010
at 02:36 PM

The menu mentions gluten-free bread in one place. Are the other rolls gluten-free? My skepticism of this place is increasing...

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:58 AM

Yeah, that's a funny website. I love the meat-o-meter and his nuanced rating system.

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:34 AM

You're welcome--even if you don't live in Portland, their reviews are pretty entertaining. I think they come at paleo from a Crossfit perspective. I found another review, from a gluten-free blog. They fared a little better than the paleo folks. More insight into how they cook their food in this one: http://www.glutenfreeportland.org/2010/11/17/restaurant-review-dicks-kitchen/

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on December 10, 2010
at 02:59 AM

THANKS for the link, this is great. I especially liked this line: " First, if you are claiming yourself to be a Stone Age Diner, don’t say that NO-BUN is optional. It should say that burgers come with lettuce, tomato, etc.. and bun is optional." TRUE.

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:21 PM

coconut oil is vegan

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D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

on December 10, 2010
at 02:34 AM

Here's a review by a local. In a word? Faileo

http://meateats.com/2010/09/30/dicks-kitchen-diner-dks/

P.S. Lots of vegans and vegetarians in Portland, and there's plenty of places for them to eat already.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

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on December 10, 2010
at 02:59 AM

THANKS for the link, this is great. I especially liked this line: " First, if you are claiming yourself to be a Stone Age Diner, don’t say that NO-BUN is optional. It should say that burgers come with lettuce, tomato, etc.. and bun is optional." TRUE.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on December 13, 2010
at 09:54 PM

I'm actually in Seattle, but am originally from Portland, and visit regularly, so yes, these sites will be useful!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 10, 2010
at 03:58 AM

Yeah, that's a funny website. I love the meat-o-meter and his nuanced rating system.

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on December 10, 2010
at 03:34 AM

You're welcome--even if you don't live in Portland, their reviews are pretty entertaining. I think they come at paleo from a Crossfit perspective. I found another review, from a gluten-free blog. They fared a little better than the paleo folks. More insight into how they cook their food in this one: http://www.glutenfreeportland.org/2010/11/17/restaurant-review-dicks-kitchen/

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:17 PM

I still think I would be a little frustrated at this restaurant like I am at so many others, because even though you could theoretically get a fair amount of meat, everything is centered around hamburger and hot dog (i.e., ground beef and sausages). And even if you take out the potato bun, you're still eating what is essentially a burger or a hot dog -- just without the bun. I want to be able to get big stews with meat on the bone, or nice cuts of meat with interesting sauces and veggies on the side. A different "paradigm" altogether. This is what I eat at home, and this is what I always imagine the characters of nineteenth-century novels eating when they stop at an "inn" for the night. Big, hearty dishes like the kind you would make yourself. Would it necessarily be less cost-effective to do this? I really don't know because I've never run a restaurant, just worked as a waiter. But I imagine a restaurant could save some money by preparing large batches at a single go -- we follow the same basic principle at home when we make big amounts of food and put some of it aside for later.

No more sandwich substitutes! Bring on the hearty food!

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 10, 2010
at 02:26 PM

Any restaurant I can go to and eat anything at all on the menu is good news to me.

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:43 PM

Faileo.

Annoyed at the marketing. Not safe for the celiacs (too much bread in that kitchen) and doesn't appear to really know what paleo means.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 10, 2010
at 02:36 PM

The menu mentions gluten-free bread in one place. Are the other rolls gluten-free? My skepticism of this place is increasing...

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on December 10, 2010
at 02:40 PM

I would give this place a shot at least once. It seems like it would be really easy to sub out the hoagie rolls or buns and the server probably won't stare at you like you're another low-carb loser. Nevertheless, something that jumped out at me was, "Our potatoes are not deep-fried, but instead are ???air-baked??? Yukon Gold potatoes, which reduces the amount of fat to an absolute minimum." Come on! Keep the fat!

I think it's cool that the bottom of the menu has a "further reading" list, even if it's missing some of the biggies. Overall it's a good effort.

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:12 PM

I'd be more worried about the vegetable oil (all there sides are vegan, which can mean only one thing: they use vegetable oil) than the potato buns or croutons. Chipotle's more paleo-friendly than "Portland's answer to the 'Paleo' diet" IMHO.

F53a74de3f8df19a114c5ac702af2b12

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:21 PM

coconut oil is vegan

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F53a74de3f8df19a114c5ac702af2b12

on December 09, 2010
at 09:59 PM

Croutons on salad is something that can be removed, the potato buns can be refused. We cant expect a business to attract customers if they don't make some exceptions and IMHO, these exceptions are very reasonable. Let's face it, a meatatarian establishment, no grains, dairy, legumes wouldnt last a month in most towns. I also think its commendable that the owner is offering veg/an options...gotta lure them in somehow!

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:01 PM

It looks pretty decent. I suspect that the croutons and the like are more for the veggie types than the Paleo types though. He seems to be catering to both.

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