Let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking. You’ve been running errands all afternoon, projects took longer than you expected, or darn it, you just don’t want to cook! These moments hit all of us. That is why it is good to have a list of go-to restaurants that you know your family can eat at without getting too far off the Paleo wagon. I thought I would share my family’s list. I know that not everyone will have the same restaurant options, but I am hoping you get the general idea and maybe it will help you find some locales that will work for you!
- Chipotle! We LOVE Chipotle! So much so, that we have finally persuaded grandparents to buy Chipotle gift cards in place of Halloween candy for the kiddos! Of course, not all options are Paleo-friendly. We like the burrito bowl. We modify it by getting it with no rice or beans, extra meat, and all the veggies our hearts desire (except of course the corn salsa). We always get a couple of sides of guacamole and throw hefty portions on each platter! If you don’t have a Chipotle, try to find a fresh-mex place of some sort…Qdoba, Baja Fresh…you get the idea…they are easy to alter to Paleo-friendly.
- Red Robin- I know that their burgers are not grass-fed beef, but they will do in a pinch. All their sandwiches have the option of ordering “bun-less” so that they come wrapped in big pieces of lettuce. Order with a side salad in place of fries…Perfect! Most restaurants are willing to alter their burgers to bun-less or wrapped in lettuce (I’ve even gotten a lettuce wrapped burger from Portillo’s before!) even if it isn’t on the menu. Just ask!
- Lou Malnati’s- When I don’t have time to throw together my own Meatza, I order one from here. Yes, it does come with cheese (I’m sure you can ask for it without cheese, we never do!) Again, not exactly Paleo, but great in a pinch and at least you are still avoiding gluten!
There you have it! That’s my top 3! I would love to hear from you with any other places that make your list!