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Some Questions for all levels of Paleo People out there:

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Hi, I'm back again after a long absence. If you look at my previous posts and history you'll see I've gone, done and been through a lot in the past 2 years. But now that's all behind me I'm getting back on my two feet.

Getting back on my two feet, I'm now taking a course at T.A.F.E starting next week on Kitchen Operations, and also hope to take an apprenticeship as a chef or butcher I have a goal of opening my own Paleo restaurant/cafe, but would like feed back from all you "Cavemen and Cavewomen". I just hope what I'm about to conduct doesn't break any rules here, as I'm only 18 and honestly just want to see what people think and would like to see.

If you could list the general area where you live, such as Victoria, Australia or Ohio, USA, or if you want to be more exact London, England

  1. If a Paleo restaurant opened in your area would you become a regular customer?

  2. Would you prefer it to be breakfast/lunch orientated, late evening dining, or open all day with a general menu covering all meals of the day.

  3. What kinds of foods would you like to see served?

  4. Would you like to see the menu cater to strictly Paleo, moderately Paleo (including dairy based products) or a balance of both? Such as giving the option for something else or having some meals with dairy and others without.

  5. Knowing most Paleo people can't live without coffee I'm pretty sure you'd all say YES for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for your kids or kids at heart. But how do you feel about alcoholic drinks and fizzy drinks. Instead of sugary soda drinks would you purchase Kombucha?

  6. Is the quality of the food sourced important to you? Such as grass fed beef, organic produce, and free range/organic eggs.

  7. Are you willing to pay a premium price for the quality?

  8. Would you attend often?

  9. Are you comfortable/would want to see "Paleo cheat foods" served? Including Almond Bread, Coconut Ice-Cream, etc

  10. How do you feel about deep fried foods?

  11. Do you prefer large meals or would you like them to be portion sized, making it easier for you to control, or have room for dessert.

  12. Would you like to see the menu cater to Paleo dieters (such as low carb meals) or People living a lifestyle based on the Paleo diet (naturally moderate carb)

  13. Do you enjoy eating "replacement foods" such as cauliflower rice or cauliflower mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries or wedges, zuchinni pasta, almond/coconut flour pancakes.

  14. How do you feel about sugar, or other natural sweeteners such as Maple syrup, agave, honey, raw sugar, fruit, stevia.

  15. What about fake sugars such as aspartame?

  16. Concerning meats what kind of meats would you like to see dominate the menu? Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken or any other exotic meats such as quail, and kangaroo?

  17. Would you like the theme to be refined dining or a with a caveman theme?

  18. Do you think such an restaurant would be successful?

That's all the questions I can think of right now. If you've got the time please feel free to add any ideas and suggestions and also meals you enjoy eating or would like to see served at the restaurant.

Thanks!

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 24, 2013
at 09:16 PM

At regular restaurants, I get the burgers between lettuce. But really, I'd rather see other offerings at a paleo restaurant.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 24, 2013
at 08:13 PM

How would you make a Paleo burger? I know some use 2 burgers and put fillings in between but wouldn't that because bit off setting to the general public?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 24, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Oh I see thanks for clarifying

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

(1663)

on January 23, 2013
at 11:46 PM

Unfortunately, no :( I did join the paleo meetup.com group however. I hope to change that. I have a friend/co-worker who is also paleo, converted cuz of, well, me :)

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:42 PM

My understanding is that family-style means you order the dish, and the table share it, like what it typically done at Asian food cuisine restaurants.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Burgers and steaks are my go-to meal when eating out, because it can normally be done to meet my needs. I'd like to see something a little different at a paleo place. Burgers are a fine option on the menu, but they shouldn't replace other options.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:40 PM

I'd rather see more nutritious things on the menu, but both white and sweet potato fries seem like reasonable options as long as they're cooked in healthy oils (tallow, lard, coconut, etc). I'd rather see home-fries (pan-fried) than french-fries (deep-fried).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 23, 2013
at 02:43 PM

A gluten-free restaurant sounds great, blueballoon. The problem is there's just not a large enough clientele to keep one going I think. Not enough folks are convinced that celiac-level gluten-free is necessary. Maybe in the largest cities, but the average suburb or mid-sized city, I don't see it surviving.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 23, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I dunno, Dragonfly. I can remember the early 2000s Atkins popularity... where is it now? I do think whole-food/paleo is different, but we're not there yet.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:21 PM

I think it would do well just for being gluten-free. Marketed as gluten-free whole foods, a paleo restaurant or cart would be successful. If set up that way, rather than "caveman" eating, you'd end up with a lot of happy celiacs who'd FINALLY be able to eat without worrying at a restaurant. (I, for one, get nervous going out to eat and rarely do because of it. Any 100% gluten-free restaurant would at least get a look from me.)

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:15 PM

My family wouldn't bother with the kids' menu, probably. My kids eat from the regular menu at restaurants. (We take home any leftovers.) I wouldn't mind a kids' menu, but I'd rather it be just plainer flavors instead of special "paleo" versions of SAD foods. Kids eat real food too, you know? (Steamed shrimp or grilled chicken or small portion of red meat + plain/buttered vegetables + sweet or regular potatoes instead of something spicy, perhaps. That kind of thing. Must smaller portions.)

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:12 AM

That's why I'm starting to take classes on the way to be a chef :)

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:04 AM

I know, my point exactly for opening such a place. I often wish I could eat out with friends and family but generally avoid doing so because of all the junk served.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:01 AM

how do you feel about salt?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:01 AM

I've noticed many Toronto dwellers on this website, do you know many people following Paleo as well?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Family-style on the bone meaning you would like a family oriented restaurant?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 03:59 AM

But you'd be ok with Sweet Potato fries?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 03:57 AM

Don't worry I plan to do that as well. But I had to start somewhere!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 03:56 AM

As you said you've got kids, another question I forgot to add would be: Would you like to see a kid's menu, how would you like your kids to be catered? Being a Paleo family what tastes do your kids have? Would you mind them being served partly "paleo" meals that appeal to an average kid's tastes such as coconut or almond flour based pizza, pancakes with real syrup, etc

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:23 AM

Even Paleo food carts are taking off in places as off-the-beaten-track as Boise, Idaho. You are a bit behind the times, Matt!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Thanks I forgot to mention organ meats, whether you'd prefer organ or muscle meats

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12672)

on January 22, 2013
at 10:19 PM

I can simplify to this: don't use vegetable oils and serve offal. Those are pretty much my main qualifications for a restaurant. If it has that and I'll give it a try and if it tastes good I'll come again.

I live near Seattle and there's some good Vietnamese, Mexican, and French restaurants that meet these specs.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Thanks I forgot to mention organ meats, whether you'd prefer organ or muscle meats

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on January 23, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Edit: I live in northern Virginia right now, but am rather transient (and am moving back west soon) so it shouldn't make too much a difference. If a Paleo restaurant opened in your area would you become a regular customer?

Probably. I don't go out often, but would definitely go if i knew it were to be 100% gluten free and whole-foods based.

Would you prefer it to be breakfast/lunch orientated, late evening dining, or open all day with a general menu covering all meals of the day.

Lunch/dinner. I usually eat breakfast at home. A paleo weekend brunch would rock, though.

What kinds of foods would you like to see served?

Offal.

Would you like to see the menu cater to strictly Paleo, moderately Paleo (including dairy based products) or a balance of both? Such as giving the option for something else or having some meals with dairy and others without.

both

Knowing most Paleo people can't live without coffee I'm pretty sure you'd all say YES for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for your kids or kids at heart. But how do you feel about alcoholic drinks and fizzy drinks. Instead of sugary soda drinks would you purchase Kombucha?

All of the above? I drink coffee, tea, and wine regularly. Offer different options for those who want something other than water. Kombucha is another good bet.

Is the quality of the food sourced important to you? Such as grass fed beef, organic produce, and free range/organic eggs.

Yes. It's extremely important to me.

Are you willing to pay a premium price for the quality?

Absolutely. I know the cost of my food, and I'm willing to pay the price for high quality.

Would you attend often?

If close enough by, I'd go relatively often. I have kids, so we don't go out as often as we would without kids.

Are you comfortable/would want to see "Paleo cheat foods" served? Including Almond Bread, Coconut Ice-Cream, etc

Yep. No problems here. Good ice cream is good ice cream.

How do you feel about deep fried foods?

In lard, tallow, or duck fat? Yes, please. Duck fat fries? I'd go just for those.

Do you prefer large meals or would you like them to be portion sized, making it easier for you to control, or have room for dessert.

Smaller portions.

Would you like to see the menu cater to Paleo dieters (such as low carb meals) or People living a lifestyle based on the Paleo diet (naturally moderate carb)

Just naturally whole/local/organic/grass-fed type foods. Moderate carb is fine by me. Probably offer some lower carb stuff, too, but if small portions that would take care of itself I think.

Do you enjoy eating "replacement foods" such as cauliflower rice or cauliflower mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries or wedges, zuchinni pasta, almond/coconut flour pancakes.

Not really. I like sweet potato fries because they're delicious, not because they're "healthy. I don't mind those things, but meh.*

How do you feel about sugar, or other natural sweeteners such as Maple syrup, agave, honey, raw sugar, fruit, stevia.

Honey and maple syrup are fine. Fruit is fine by me as well.

What about fake sugars such as aspartame?

Yuck

Concerning meats what kind of meats would you like to see dominate the menu? Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken or any other exotic meats such as quail, and kangaroo?

Shellfish, fish, and local meats. Wild game would be nice as well.

Would you like the theme to be refined dining or a with a caveman theme?

Refined dining. When we go out, we go out. I can make ribs at home.

Do you think such an restaurant would be successful?

I think any restaurant with an organic/grass-fed/whole foods approach would be successful, paleo or not. A lot of raw places are successful and attract meat eaters as well as vegans, just because they're whole foods and different.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:15 PM

My family wouldn't bother with the kids' menu, probably. My kids eat from the regular menu at restaurants. (We take home any leftovers.) I wouldn't mind a kids' menu, but I'd rather it be just plainer flavors instead of special "paleo" versions of SAD foods. Kids eat real food too, you know? (Steamed shrimp or grilled chicken or small portion of red meat + plain/buttered vegetables + sweet or regular potatoes instead of something spicy, perhaps. That kind of thing. Must smaller portions.)

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 03:56 AM

As you said you've got kids, another question I forgot to add would be: Would you like to see a kid's menu, how would you like your kids to be catered? Being a Paleo family what tastes do your kids have? Would you mind them being served partly "paleo" meals that appeal to an average kid's tastes such as coconut or almond flour based pizza, pancakes with real syrup, etc

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:03 AM

This is probably not the best place to do your market research. You will get very skewed responses that represent a very small sliver of the total population. I.e., this is clearly a very biased statistical sample. You are better off surveying random people in the market where you plan to open this restaurant and trying to extrapolate from that. I don't mean to discourage you, but you need to be very thoughtful about this part of your business case before you make any significant financial commitments. Good luck!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 03:57 AM

Don't worry I plan to do that as well. But I had to start somewhere!

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 23, 2013
at 11:08 AM

More:

I think such a restaurant CAN be successful. While aiming for the Paleo hardcore menu-wise, understand your main walk-in clientele may be rich hippies and experimenters looking for something new to do. It’s where I might take someone out on a date – to a restaurant with a new theme.

Not overly formal dining, but yuppie/academic/trendster chic.

Paleo is a lifestyle. Regular Paleos want 3 meals. Either they cook it themselves, or are quite well off and would order. Therefore, OFFER HOME/OFFICE DELIVERY. Advertise that you deliver anywhere in the town/city HOT. Simply charge at cost, which won’t be cheap. If they’re rich enough to order, they won’t mind the charge.

Your deliveries to homes in rich districts or office towers may eventually receipt bigger than in house. Think to open near business and/or university district.

Don’t cheap out or cut corners anywhere on shit like “raw sugar” and especially not aspartame.

Your coffee or tea or cocoa would have to be special, the Paleo favs, not the stuff they can buy next door.

Offer a family pack. Offer catering for parties, weddings, etc. GOOD LUCK. AND TELL ME WHEN YOU OPEN UP, BECAUSE I WILL BE SURE TO STOP BY!!

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 23, 2013
at 10:32 AM

It would have to be a trendy, relatively affluent area and you would have to do advertising to reach all the Paleos, but those probably won't be your main clientele, IMO.

Open up next to a vegan restaurant - those guys are your future customers. Seriously. If it supports a vegan restaurant, it'll support a Paleo restaurant. Or maybe near a Whole Foods. Or Starbucks.

Your guys are the experimenters. The NYU studets, the San Francisco trendies with some cash. Because your food costs will probably hit many with sticker shock.

And in terms of marketing, that's the way, IMO, is to position yourself as high-end quality. Otherwise no one gonna pay those prices.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I would go everyday!

A few important notes though- I'm very paranoid about my health which is why I went paleo in the first place. Any beef MUST be 100% grass fed AND grass finished, otherwise I don't consider it paleo.

Avoid of these artificial flavorings and fake paleo foods- stuff like agave nectar and stevia isn't paleo to me.

I like to stay away from sugar as much as possible, including fruit and too much coconut. A little is ok, but not too much.

I'd like to see one section of the menu be "pure paleo"...this where you see dishes made of ONLY -meat -vegetables (all organic, of course) - mushrooms -eggs -herbs/spices/salt/pepper

exotic meats would be cool, again as long as its grass fed/finished or the equivalent for that animal.

paleoonthego.com has good ideas to look at, although they arent perfect

i would like to see a dessert menu, but again, pure paleo, so no dairy. stuff like nuts, coconut, etc. as little sugar as possible. smoothies are good- blend some ice, coconut, and mint together and you can make paleo smoothies, ice cream, etc.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:33 AM

  1. Yes.

  2. Lunch/dinner

  3. Local foods (grown/raised within 100 mile radius) as the focus. Offal-based dishes, bone-broth-based soups, Paleo "comfort food". Gluten-free treats.

  4. Lacto-Paleo

  5. Kombucha, yes. Alcohol, yes, just avoid HFCS-based drinks.

  6. YES!

  7. Yes

  8. Weekly, if the food was good enough!

  9. Sure.

  10. Only in coconut oil or lard

  11. European portions.

  12. Both

  13. Yes, but only when I eat out.

  14. Sugar & honey only.

  15. Gasp! No way!

  16. See #1.

  17. Neither. I would like the restaurant to reflect the locality or your ancestry--something real--not fake or contrived.

  18. Absolutely. Location, location, location & a really excellent chef.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:12 AM

That's why I'm starting to take classes on the way to be a chef :)

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on January 23, 2013
at 02:23 AM

i live in pittsburgh, pa and would love to find a restaurant with organic, grass fed meat and organic produce. that is the only thing i would care about to be honest. i have no place i can go to so i cook all my meals at home. it would be nice to get a steak with a friend.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:04 AM

I know, my point exactly for opening such a place. I often wish I could eat out with friends and family but generally avoid doing so because of all the junk served.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Paleo has no bearing on where I eat out. I generally avoid places I know don't cook their own food. I like my Mexican joint, because I watch them make (wheat) flour tortillas (and yes, I eat wheat tortillas on occasion). I like my favorite Thai, Korean and Chinese places because they all have what I can detect are fresh veggies in their food, as opposed to nasty frozen mixes from places like Panda Express. Quality is important, flavor is important. Fitting in a paleo-shaped box, not so much.

I can't really see a 'paleo diet' restaurant taking off, particularly when paleo is just a fringe diet to most. It would be analogous to an Atkins diet, Dukan diet, or DASH diet restaurant opening - doomed from the start, as it simply limits its clientele too much. My food preferences are Thai, Korean, Latin and New American, most of these types of restaurants are arguably paleo enough if I want to be paleo when eating out.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 23, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I dunno, Dragonfly. I can remember the early 2000s Atkins popularity... where is it now? I do think whole-food/paleo is different, but we're not there yet.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 23, 2013
at 02:43 PM

A gluten-free restaurant sounds great, blueballoon. The problem is there's just not a large enough clientele to keep one going I think. Not enough folks are convinced that celiac-level gluten-free is necessary. Maybe in the largest cities, but the average suburb or mid-sized city, I don't see it surviving.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:21 PM

I think it would do well just for being gluten-free. Marketed as gluten-free whole foods, a paleo restaurant or cart would be successful. If set up that way, rather than "caveman" eating, you'd end up with a lot of happy celiacs who'd FINALLY be able to eat without worrying at a restaurant. (I, for one, get nervous going out to eat and rarely do because of it. Any 100% gluten-free restaurant would at least get a look from me.)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:23 AM

Even Paleo food carts are taking off in places as off-the-beaten-track as Boise, Idaho. You are a bit behind the times, Matt!

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Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

on January 23, 2013
at 12:52 AM

Midwest, USA

I would frequent a paleo restaurant. I would prefer a restaurant that provided high quality carry-out for lunch and dinner rather than a sit-down meal. I'm most likely to order out during the week when it's hectic and I need to get dinner on the table. I wouldn't want to sit down to eat, but would love to be able to grab and go. It would be important to me that the meat be locally sourced, grass-fed, etc. I would like the option of dairy.

I'm not a huge fan of paleo baked goods, but I think people would respond well to it if it were good.

For the restaurant to be successful, I think you'd need to appeal to a broader audience. I'm not sure I'd even mention paleo, but focus on whole foods (while omitting grains). That said, I wouldn't theme the restaurant in a caveman style, but use local materials and make it a community feel. Also, I think someone already mentioned this, but the hardest thing to find when going out to eat is food that isn't cooked in vegetable oils. It's nearly impossible. That alone would be a great start.

Sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 23, 2013
at 12:40 AM

yes, i would love it, but only if it was very pure paleo.

ALL BEEF MUST BE 100% GRASS FED AND GRASS FED! all food must be the highest quality possible for that food- all vegetables organic,

i wouldnt want any impurities added, no added sugar, even natural sugars. no agave stevia, cocnut sugar, etc.

less fruit, more veggies

thee only flavorings id want would be spices, herbs, coconut, etc.

lots of beef and vegetables, thick filling meals.

it was pure enough and i could afford, id probably go everyday, sometimes multiple times a day

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:01 AM

how do you feel about salt?

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74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on January 22, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I live just outside Toronto, Canada.

If a Paleo restaurant opened in your area would you become a regular customer?

Most likely!

Would you prefer it to be breakfast/lunch orientated, late evening dining, or open all day with a general menu covering all meals of the day.

Open all day with a little of everything.

What kinds of foods would you like to see served?

Would you like to see the menu cater to strictly Paleo, moderately Paleo (including dairy based products) or a balance of both? Such as giving the option for something else or having some meals with dairy and others without.

Balance of both; I'm strict paleo due to intolerances.

Knowing most Paleo people can't live without coffee I'm pretty sure you'd all say YES for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for your kids or kids at heart. But how do you feel about alcoholic drinks and fizzy drinks. Instead of sugary soda drinks would you purchase Kombucha?

I don't care for kombucha honestly. I'd rather have a glass of water...or a good glass of red wine!

Is the quality of the food sourced important to you? Such as grass fed beef, organic produce, and free range/organic eggs.

I'm comfortable with food being mostly premium quality; I'd much rather see grass-fed beef/pastured pork/whatever than seeing absolutely everything be organic, including produce. That will drive prices way up.

Are you willing to pay a premium price for the quality?

Yes. But then I may not be such a regular customer ;)

Would you attend often?

See above!

Are you comfortable/would want to see "Paleo cheat foods" served? Including Almond Bread, Coconut Ice-Cream, etc

I think FALEO foods are BS. But that's just me. I don't think coconut ice cream is faleo. But almond "bread", absolutely.

How do you feel about deep fried foods?

LOVE IT! LARD BABY!

Do you prefer large meals or would you like them to be portion sized, making it easier for you to control, or have room for dessert.

Large, baby. Why bother?!

Would you like to see the menu cater to Paleo dieters (such as low carb meals) or People living a lifestyle based on the Paleo diet (naturally moderate carb)

Either or. I like both.

Do you enjoy eating "replacement foods" such as cauliflower rice or cauliflower mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries or wedges, zuchinni pasta, almond/coconut flour pancakes.

All of the above except for the pancakes.

How do you feel about sugar, or other natural sweeteners such as Maple syrup, agave, honey, raw sugar, fruit, stevia.

Agave is a farce. Please don't use it :) Otherwise, sugar is sugar. I'm fine with all of it, including xylitol.

What about fake sugars such as aspartame?

NO!

Concerning meats what kind of meats would you like to see dominate the menu? Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken or any other exotic meats such as quail, and kangaroo?

I lurrrrrve beef and lamb. But I'll try just about anything!

Would you like the theme to be refined dining or a with a caveman theme?

Caveman theme would be hilarious!

Do you think such an restaurant would be successful?

Location, location, location. ABSOLUTELY!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on January 23, 2013
at 04:01 AM

I've noticed many Toronto dwellers on this website, do you know many people following Paleo as well?

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

(1663)

on January 23, 2013
at 11:46 PM

Unfortunately, no :( I did join the paleo meetup.com group however. I hope to change that. I have a friend/co-worker who is also paleo, converted cuz of, well, me :)

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E9d1fde8a4cb27454b8391ed04aa7b1a

on January 22, 2013
at 11:12 PM

I currently reside in a town outside of Charlotte, NC.

I lived the life of Grok (Primal) for about 5 months and really enjoyed it. It was nearly impossible to go out to eat. Most of the time I would go to a Chinese buffet and hope for the best :-).

Nowadays I'm mostly a Paleo Purist and eat grass-fed steak with organic free range eggs 6 days a week with one anti-Paleo cheat day thrown in each week. Eating like this takes out the guess work of what is/isn't Paleo or any shade in-between.

Here are answers to your questions:

Would you prefer it to be breakfast/lunch orientated, late evening dining, or open all day with a general menu covering all meals of the day. Full menu all day all the time

What kinds of foods would you like to see served? Meat

Would you like to see the menu cater to strictly Paleo, moderately Paleo (including dairy based products) or a balance of both? Such as giving the option for something else or having some meals with dairy and others without. All shades in between

Knowing most Paleo people can't live without coffee I'm pretty sure you'd all say YES for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for your kids or kids at heart. But how do you feel about alcoholic drinks and fizzy drinks. Instead of sugary soda drinks would you purchase Kombucha? Coffee is a must, tea, and I love Kombucha

Is the quality of the food sourced important to you? Such as grass fed beef, organic produce, and free range/organic eggs. If it ain't grass-fed I'll go to Denny's

Are you willing to pay a premium price for the quality? Possibly

Would you attend often? If it's good

Are you comfortable/would want to see "Paleo cheat foods" served? Including Almond Bread, Coconut Ice-Cream, etc. I'm not fond of things that are cleverly disguised or that masquerade as Paleo. If you say it's Paleo then it should be Paleo

How do you feel about deep fried foods? Were there Fry-daddy's available way back then?

Do you prefer large meals or would you like them to be portion sized, making it easier for you to control, or have room for dessert. Family-style on the bone

Would you like to see the menu cater to Paleo dieters (such as low carb meals) or People living a lifestyle based on the Paleo diet (naturally moderate carb) See my other answer on Paleo

Do you enjoy eating "replacement foods" such as cauliflower rice or cauliflower mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries or wedges, zuchinni pasta, almond/coconut flour pancakes. Love them

How do you feel about sugar, or other natural sweeteners such as Maple syrup, agave, honey, raw sugar, fruit, stevia. If it's processed don't serve it.

What about fake sugars such as aspartame? See my last answer

Concerning meats what kind of meats would you like to see dominate the menu? Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken or any other exotic meats such as quail, and kangaroo? Grass-fed beef or free range organic chicken. I like Elk, too.

Would you like the theme to be refined dining or a with a caveman theme? A mixture of both.

Do you think such an restaurant would be successful? Location, location, location

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:42 PM

My understanding is that family-style means you order the dish, and the table share it, like what it typically done at Asian food cuisine restaurants.

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on January 24, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Oh I see thanks for clarifying

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Family-style on the bone meaning you would like a family oriented restaurant?

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:10 PM

Current location: Boston, MA

Home: West Coast, USA

If a Paleo restaurant opened in your area would you become a regular customer?

Yes, if they cared about sourcing gluten-free ingredients and followed good practices to cut down on cross-contamination in the kitchen, making it safe for celiacs.

Would you prefer it to be breakfast/lunch orientated, late evening dining, or open all day with a general menu covering all meals of the day.

All day, or at least covering lunch and dinner.

What kinds of foods would you like to see served?

Some things that are difficult to make at home (e.g. pate, especially dairy-free pate), plus simple comfort foods.

Would you like to see the menu cater to strictly Paleo, moderately Paleo (including dairy based products) or a balance of both? Such as giving the option for something else or having some meals with dairy and others without.

A mix of strict and moderate paleo / primal. But please for the love of dog don't bake your own gluteny bread in the same small kitchen as everything else.

Knowing most Paleo people can't live without coffee I'm pretty sure you'd all say YES for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for your kids or kids at heart. But how do you feel about alcoholic drinks and fizzy drinks. Instead of sugary soda drinks would you purchase Kombucha?

YES, kombucha!

Is the quality of the food sourced important to you? Such as grass fed beef, organic produce, and free range/organic eggs.

Food quality is hugely important: both for taste of the food, and for nutritive value.

Are you willing to pay a premium price for the quality?

Yes, real, good food costs more than crap, and I am happy to pay that difference.

Would you attend often?

At this point, I am so sick of cooking all of my own food and not getting to eat out, I would eat at a celiac-safe paleo restaurant a few times a week.

Are you comfortable/would want to see "Paleo cheat foods" served? Including Almond Bread, Coconut Ice-Cream, etc

That's fine. It might help some people transition, and it's fun for a night out.

How do you feel about deep fried foods?

Not the biggest fan.

Do you prefer large meals or would you like them to be portion sized, making it easier for you to control, or have room for dessert.

It doesn't matter to me: with portion sized I have one meal, with normal restaurant meals I have two.

Would you like to see the menu cater to Paleo dieters (such as low carb meals) or People living a lifestyle based on the Paleo diet (naturally moderate carb)

My biggest pet peeve with restaurants is that the food is too carb heavy, with not enough non-starchy veggies. Low carb is great, and should definitely be an option, but I'm personally more moderate in my macros.

Do you enjoy eating "replacement foods" such as cauliflower rice or cauliflower mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries or wedges, zuchinni pasta, almond/coconut flour pancakes.

No, I prefer eating food for what it is. I'd rather see fermented buckwheat pancakes on the menu, or idlis, than coconut flour pancakes, but I'd be fine with seeing neither, as well.

How do you feel about sugar, or other natural sweeteners such as Maple syrup, agave, honey, raw sugar, fruit, stevia.

I think stevia tastes gross, and agave has a poor mix of fructose and glucose. Honey, maple syrup, and dates are fine for treats that need sugar.

What about fake sugars such as aspartame?

Gross, and not a good idea.

Concerning meats what kind of meats would you like to see dominate the menu? Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken or any other exotic meats such as quail, and kangaroo?

A nice variety, but especially local stuff. Really, whatever you can source at a good price with good quality. I'm cool if it's constantly changing, aside from staples like chicken and beef.

Would you like the theme to be refined dining or a with a caveman theme?

How about REAL FOOD as a theme. The only places I can safely eat out are fancy places: I want someplace REAL and down to earth.

Do you think such an restaurant would be successful?

I really hope so! I do think good quality will speak for itself, but you'll have to balance prices and expenses, and I think that's where restaurants get in trouble.

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on January 23, 2013
at 03:59 AM

But you'd be ok with Sweet Potato fries?

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Burgers and steaks are my go-to meal when eating out, because it can normally be done to meet my needs. I'd like to see something a little different at a paleo place. Burgers are a fine option on the menu, but they shouldn't replace other options.

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:40 PM

I'd rather see more nutritious things on the menu, but both white and sweet potato fries seem like reasonable options as long as they're cooked in healthy oils (tallow, lard, coconut, etc). I'd rather see home-fries (pan-fried) than french-fries (deep-fried).

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on January 24, 2013
at 08:13 PM

How would you make a Paleo burger? I know some use 2 burgers and put fillings in between but wouldn't that because bit off setting to the general public?

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on January 24, 2013
at 09:16 PM

At regular restaurants, I get the burgers between lettuce. But really, I'd rather see other offerings at a paleo restaurant.

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