Eat Paleo at These Normal Restaurants in Austin, Texas

First, a disclaimer: YOU CAN EAT PALEO WHEREVER THE HELL YOU PLEASE. Literally. You can order your food however you want it. You’re paying for it. Don’t be shy.

That said, there are places where it is much EASIER to eat paleo and where you won’t be as tempted by thin crust pizza or the most delicious bread in the whole world or whatever it is that you love that isn’t paleo. There are also normal places where you want to sneakily eat paleo without making a fuss. I also place an emphasis on local, grassfed meat, some people don’t. Links take you to thisislifeinaustin.com, where this is cross-posted. Leave your faves in the comments!

Paleo Eating Out:
24 Diner – 24 hour diner on 6th & Lamar. Grassfed beef, local produce when possible. Owner is a CrossFitter, they’re used to making things paleo.
Bess – West 6th, Sandra Bullock’s restaurant, local meat, great entrees. Sides aren’t always paleo and they bring out a huge bread basket, so just ask them not to.
Buenos Aires Cafe – East 6th Street (e of 35), local meat, heavy on the meat portions

Pick Up/Quick:
Snap Kitchen - to-go food. Vegetable lasagna (no noodles!) is the best thing ever. Very conscious of paleo.
Whole Foods - sounds like a cop-out, but no other WF has the salad bar and other food bars of the flagship at 6th & Lamar.
Chipotle - also a cop-out, but the meat is grassfed and they do salad bowls with extra servings of guac!

Sushi/Bar:
Bar Chi (2nd & Colorado) is the sushi place I just wrote about and they are really flexible, making you cucumber-wrapped rolls without rice. Reverse happy hour, all day Sunday happy hour.
Piranha Killer Sushi (Rio Grande & 3rd) is also usually really accommodating and they have AWESOME fish prepared without rice anyway. Great mussels too.

Thoughts, paleos?

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17 Responses to “Eat Paleo at These Normal Restaurants in Austin, Texas”

  1. The hot foods bar at Whole Foods is almost always a bust for me. – too many things with gluten or sugar.

    I suspect a lot of paleos without an actually known gluten problem just go ahead and eat by eye, but the fact that soy sauce contains wheat means that a lot of the hot bar is totally off limits to me.

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    • Hey Nicole! I don’t eat the hot bar much either … I don’t like soy sauce at all, which is fortunate it turns out :-) They still have a pretty stellar salad bar and I love their unseasoned chicken on the cold bar to grab some easy protein.

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      • Whole Foods also will season and steam any fish fillet that you buy from the fish counter. And they have 10 different seasonings, all dry (the chipotle and green chile are excellent) and it takes 10 minutes. Pick up a little kale salad at the salad bar and you’ve got a solid (freshly cooked) meal for under $10.

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  2. ohhh man oh man I wish Texas was closer…I am in Mississippi and besides like Outback we aint got crap for eating out!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. There’s Sushi Zushi on 5th that has a couple of good rice-less rolls – one is Paleo, the other has cheese. Delicious, and their salmon tastes like butter. Amazing.

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  4. Last night I noticed that Galaxy Cafe now has a Gluten-Free menu, that if you pay attention to the descriptions, they will modify just about anything to get you a paleo meal! Another impressive thing is that by ordering from the gluten-free menu they automatically think you’re allergic, so they will tell you that certain things are or are not gluten-free.

    Try the Roasted Tomato & Prosciutto Grilled Chicken (no rice, pick another side). It’s excellent!

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  5. Luby’s. Seriously!

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  6. Okay, if you’re gonna say Luby’s (uhk!), then I’ll have to say (all in the same class):

    Ryan’s
    Furr’s
    Thomas super buffet
    any buffet steakhouse
    any cafeteria style restaurant

    But!, there is almost no restaurant that has clean food. If they buy from Sysco (Meadowbrook, Performance Food Group, U.S. Foodservice, etc.) then their food is full of crap (fillers and GMOs).

    Pick something local that gives a damn, and order Paleo (off the sides menu if you have too).

    Here’s some more options:

    Ruby’s Barbeque, 512 W 29th St
    FoodHeads, 616 W 34th St
    Monument Cafe 500 S. Austin Avenue [Georgetown]

    And I agree, Whole Food’s downtown could have a great buffet bar, but they screw it up so much I never bother to even try anymore.

    Best,

    Michael

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  7. I second, Galaxy. They use hormone free beef and chicken and are very accomodating. I always order burgers with no buns and salad instead of fries for a side. Chipolte is my other go to. Tarka is a good choice for quick Indian, if you order right. They have a gluten free menu too. It’s the little sister of the Clay Pit.

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  8. Elevation Burger — not paleo, but does have delicious grass-fed burgers that are offered bunless or lettuce-wrapped.

    Unlike Whole Foods where the “100% Grass-fed” is actually still grain-finished, Elevation is grass-fed AND finished.

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    • I think you can get pretty close to paleo at Elevation, if you eschew the bun for lettuce and skip the condiments and the cheese. And it’s not too bad that way!

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  9. One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Austin is Foreign & Domestic located at 306 E. 53rd, they boast an eclectic & inventive menu made with fresh local ingredients & grass-fed meats…their pork belly is seriously to die for!

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  10. Olivia on South Lamar has great locally sourced food and organ meats as well.

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  11. Wholly Cow burgers – hands down! Locally sourced grass-fed beef and they will do a “paleo burger” where they sub giant portabellas for the bun!
    http://www.whollycowburgers.com/

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  12. P. Terry’s will wrap any burger in lettuce. Best paleo drive thru option, hands down.

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  13. I live in North Austin and recently completed a Whole30. Sagiang (Vietnamese at 183/McNeil) will sub steamed veggies–broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage–for the rice noodles in their pho, and Eggroll Express (McNeil/Parmer) will do cashew or almond chicken completely steamed with no rice or sauce. I pretty much lived there for lunches during my Whole30. And my local HEB has installed a MyFitFoods counter, and they have several Paleo options and are looking to add more. A good option for me to grab for lunch or pick up as the foundation for dinner at home.

    I was super disappointed that Kerbey Lane had little to nothing for me to eat on Whole30 since I don’t eat eggs.

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  14. Contigo is a great place for paleo. I live off of their olives, seasonal salads, and local roasted chicken. They’re always changing the menu, so you have to sometimes ask what’s in something, but there’s always at least two paleo friendly items on the menu.

    I also like Hyde Park. I get the grass-fed burger bunless and add a side of their bacon sauteed collard greens. :)

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