For many paleo eaters, making the primal shift means saying goodbye to meals made outside of our home kitchens. Especially in cities like Seattle where the paleo diet is still gaining ground, the prospect of navigating a menu when soy, grains, dairy and sugar are off limits can turn a relaxing night out into a total stress fest.
When I started eating paleo, one of the first things I did was Google “Seattle paleo restaurants,” and I was surprised and disappointed to find next to nothing about where to eat on the paleo diet. For the next three months or so, I pretty much gave up on eating out. I didn’t even try exploring menus online — I just figured it was a lost cause. Suddenly, the incredible Seattle food scene, which used to be one of my favorite things about living in this city, felt like an obstacle.
But, as I’ve learned, it doesn’t have to be that way! You can have your paleo lifestyle and eat out too (har har)! You just have to know where to look and what to ask. That’s where the Eating Out Guide comes in.
In this ongoing series, I’ll be writing reviews of restaurants around the city that accommodate our paleo needs particularly well. The result will be a dynamic guide to help Puget Sound paleos take advantage of our region’s incredible culinary culture, stress free!
Each review will cover everything from staff knowledge to average cost per meal by answering the following questions:
- What is the price point? ($, $$, $$$, $$$$, as per Yelp’s price rating)
- How many ready-made paleo options are on the menu, and what are they?*
- How easy would it be to create paleo options with substitutions? (1-5)
- How many dishes could be made paleo with substitutions, and what are they?
- How accommodating is the staff? Are they knowledgeable about the paleo diet? (1-5)
- What kinds of fats/oils does the kitchen use?
- What did you order?
- How satisfied were you with the meal? (1-5)
- Would you recommend this restaurant to a paleo friend? Why or why not?
*To be considered “paleo,” dishes must NOT include grains, dairy, soy, sugar or legumes.
Eating out in Seattle should be a treat, not a headache. With a little resourcefulness and some good writing, it will be!
I want to hear from you!
Got a restaurant you’d like to see in the Guide? Like to submit a review of your own? Send me an email through my contact form!