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What are the best Boston area restaurants for AHS 2012 attendees?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2012 at 5:02 AM

For those inclined to eat paleo-style during the conference, I plan on adding lists of restaurants to check out on a website I'm working on.

Any good recommendations from Boston residents?

That "Animal" restaurant in LA was a real treat, I wonder if there are some like that in Boston?

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on July 26, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Haha @ MSG. Nothing at HLM is guaranteed 100% Paleo, but I love chicken feet, stewed tripe, shrimp dumplings (just a little rice wrapping won't hurt!), the various types of meatballs, and maybe the BBQ pork, though it's definitely sugared.

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on July 26, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I cut Legal some slack because they were the first chain of restaurants that totally and completely eliminated trans fats from their menu (even going so far as finding a manufacturer of oyster crackers that would use no trans fats). Unfortunately, they replaced it for frying with high-oleic canola oil. So much effort for such a misguided result. But, they do a lot to accommodate various dietary restrictions and I've never gotten sick there from gluten. Just don't get fried stuff (really duh there anyway) and you'll have a good meal.

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on July 26, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Yes to both Toro and Coppa. Soooo good.

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on July 25, 2012
at 08:47 PM

What do you eat at Hei La Moon? I'd given up going, and I miss the fun outings with friends. (...though I don't miss the MSG rush, whee!)

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on July 25, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Toro and Coppa. Cannot be beat. Dali for tapas is also good but not as careful about gluten allergies.

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on July 26, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Yes to both Toro and Coppa. Soooo good.

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on July 26, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Make sure you find the pickle guys on the common near Park St. station.

If you find yourself in Jamaica Plain, GrassFed is great.

Cuci Cuci (Cambridge) and Stoddards (Boston) both do a lot of lovavore dishes and classic house-made cocktails. Cuci Cuci I know has a gluten-free menu.

And surprisingly, for a chain (and a beer place), Boston Beer Company has a good gluten-free menu and many ciders on tap and in bottle. Not uber paleo, but certainly a good option if you find yourself in suburbia.

And hell, I'd probably just eat lobster the whole time. It's everywhere, totally paleo, and right now is record cheap.

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on July 25, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Bostonians suffer under the (enriched) iron grip of an oligopoly of cheap sandwich shops. That being said, there are some options:

1) Bon Me (food truck): You can get a good Vietnamese salad here. Just ask for the rice bowl with no rice but extra veggies. I don't know what kind of cooking oil they use, though.

2) Seafood, as Balor suggested. Oysters, anyone?

3) Smith & Wollensky is probably my favorite steak in town. Good place if you want somewhere more upscale.

4) If you don't mind a little BBQ sauce, Boston's famous for steak tips, and there are some good steak tip salads about. I like the one from Les Zygomates in the Leather District. They also serve a very good grilled salmon salad.

5) If you know what to look for, dim sum in Chinatown can work out. I prefer Hei La Moon. No idea what oils they use, but I'd guess you can expect peanut and sesame at least.

6) Similar to dim sum, you can pick out Paleo options at tapas places. Toro's my recommendation here.

7) Hot pot (e.g. shabu shabu) in Chinatown. Raw ingredients + boiling water = easy Paleo. Kaze Shabu Shabu isn't bad.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on July 25, 2012
at 08:47 PM

What do you eat at Hei La Moon? I'd given up going, and I miss the fun outings with friends. (...though I don't miss the MSG rush, whee!)

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on July 26, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Haha @ MSG. Nothing at HLM is guaranteed 100% Paleo, but I love chicken feet, stewed tripe, shrimp dumplings (just a little rice wrapping won't hurt!), the various types of meatballs, and maybe the BBQ pork, though it's definitely sugared.

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on July 25, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I recall reading about a restaurant in Cambridge that serves pastured Bison if that's of interest. You can get some wild caught fish at Legal Seafood but it's nothing special - just a good local seafood chain. You might try asking on the meetup group.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 26, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I cut Legal some slack because they were the first chain of restaurants that totally and completely eliminated trans fats from their menu (even going so far as finding a manufacturer of oyster crackers that would use no trans fats). Unfortunately, they replaced it for frying with high-oleic canola oil. So much effort for such a misguided result. But, they do a lot to accommodate various dietary restrictions and I've never gotten sick there from gluten. Just don't get fried stuff (really duh there anyway) and you'll have a good meal.

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on August 13, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Just leaving Boston today and have to give Russell House Tavern in Cambridge a shout out. Marrow bones, lamb belly, bunless burgers, and sashimi were some of the yum mines we enjoyed. Will def go back when in Boston.

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