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I have an idea for a paleo website - scout out the food @ restaurants

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2011 at 12:40 AM

I'm thinking of a paleo version of Yelp, but for restaurants. Users report what they ordered, what they did to paleo-ize it, or if there was an unfortunate surprise and what they ordered was not paleo as they thought. Like at Pollo Loco...I ordered the tostada salad or something and got a big helping of beans and rice at the bottom. This little detail was not in the description. Could also include a general review as well. If a restaurant is not listed in the databse, just add it and report what on the menu is paleo. This would also be handy if you are trying to order takeout and don't have access to a menu or it isn't posted online. What do you think?

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on July 01, 2011
at 08:18 PM

+1 for Rose's answer

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on July 01, 2011
at 03:41 AM

This is a good point. On the other hand, many smaller (and possibly higher-end) restaurants, non-chains, have owner/chefs who are accessible, and who actually love to talk about their food. When we were last at Belly in Eugene, I was easily able to discover that their fries were cooked in vegetable oil (to my dismay -- I don't eat them, but my husband does), and also to make a pitch for using old-fashioned beef tallow, a pitch that was received with some enthusiasm -- I hope he does it.

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on July 01, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Just adding a "me, too."

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Great idea... I would definitely be interested in something like that.

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on July 01, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Problem is that most good restaurants change their menus seasonally.. only ones that don't are generally chains and fast food. But even for those, I think it would help. For example, I read on paleohacks that basically everything at Chipotle, except carnitas i think, is cooked in soybean oil.. ugh. A website that tells people things like that would be useful. I don't know how you would find that out though. Simply saying tostada with beans and rice doesn't help if it was cooked in vegetable oil

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on July 01, 2011
at 03:41 AM

This is a good point. On the other hand, many smaller (and possibly higher-end) restaurants, non-chains, have owner/chefs who are accessible, and who actually love to talk about their food. When we were last at Belly in Eugene, I was easily able to discover that their fries were cooked in vegetable oil (to my dismay -- I don't eat them, but my husband does), and also to make a pitch for using old-fashioned beef tallow, a pitch that was received with some enthusiasm -- I hope he does it.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

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on July 01, 2011
at 08:18 PM

+1 for Rose's answer

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on July 01, 2011
at 02:28 AM

Count me in! I'd love to see a site like that. :) It would obviously need to factor in caveats like risk of cross-contamination for gluten exposure and the like, but I think it would be of great practical benefit. The ideal is certainly preparing every meal at home under controlled conditions with the exact ingredients you want, but having the OPTION to eat out in an informed way would be SO nice.

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on July 01, 2011
at 01:08 AM

Great idea. Every time I want to go out to eat, I decide it's too much hassle to hope there are paleo food available. I think these things have been attempted before, but I don't know if there has been much success.

I wish you well on this. If you get it up and running, let me know so I can post. I think I would eat out more if this existed (and it had a developed list of options).

The trick is going to be convincing people to add to it, and to keep visiting while a decent database of restaurants are developed. It's kind of like the paleo doctor websites that have sprung up. Great idea, but of limited practical value with so few practitioners listed.

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