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BOSTON’S BEST SPOTS FOR PALEO-FRIENDLY EATS

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ASHLEY REGO

MAR 24, 2020

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So you and your bestie have decided to jump-start the month with the “Whole 30” challenge (looks like lobster rolls are out). Or maybe you're simply opting to follow a more natural and clean lifestyle by way of eating paleo.

Whatever the reason, having paleo-friendly eats on lock is pretty much a necessity in this day and age. Thankfully, Boston’s sprinkled with plenty of paleo-friendly restaurants that would make our cave ancestors proud.

You might be surprised to find an Italian restaurant on a paleo list, but guys, this South End hot spot allows you to substitute spaghetti squash for pasta. Can we get an amen? Whether you opt for red meat, seafood, or a vegetarian dish, Stella’s made-to-order menu is on point… paleo or not.

Another South End gem, Washington St.’s Toro is a Spanish-style tapas restaurant serving up Barcelona-inspired small plates that would satisfy any paleo stomach. It’s not just the locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients that makes Toro stand out; the staff is ready and able to point out exactly what is and is not suitable for the hunter-gatherer diet.

So this one’s not technically in Boston, but it’s close enough that we had to count it. Cabot’s in Newton actually has a paleo-friendly menu — as in, you don’t have to dig to find something to eat. It’s literally laid out for you. Our vote? The Paleo Hamburger Platter Special.

If you find yourself in Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, or Prudential Center when the hunger pangs hit, Dig Inn’s got you with a quick and healthy bite. First of all, the ambiance already makes whatever meal you choose Instagram-worthy. Priorities. Second of all, you have the option to build your own bowl. Yes, you can cater your dish to your own specific paleo taste buds. Then, you can… dig in.

Bring on the meat. Seriously, if you’re looking for somewhere to get in your meat fix, The Salty Pig on Dartmouth St. is the place to do it. Round out your plate (depending on how strict you are with your caveman diet) with Marcona Almonds, Roasted Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, and Vermont Wildflower Honey, and let your taste buds revel in paleo heaven.

On top of being one of Tom Brady’s favorite Boston spots, you’ll find that Sonsie on Newbury is particularly accommodating when it comes to serving up paleo-friendly dishes. For starters, you can always order off the gluten-free menu. But the staff is also super-helpful and will point you in the direction of customizable lean meats with organic fruits and veggies. Better yet? They’ll also suggest having your food cooked in olive oil and encourage subbing out certain sauces to make sure your meal is up to paleo code.

With 11 locations across the city, Sweetgreen is known for their delicious, yet insanely healthy, lean meat and veggie-centered options. Plus, their highly-sustainable, locally-grown products are organic and hormone-free, making them perfect for curating your favorite paleo-approved dishes. Try one of their make-your-own salad options and simply leave off the cheese — it won’t disappoint!

A beloved spot in the Back Bay, City Table boasts something for everyone, including its own 100% paleo menu. Highlights include the Roasted Acorn Squash and Carrot Soup, Grilled Faroe Islands Salmon with zucchini noodle pad thai, and the Chilled Shrimp. Come for the food, stay for their extensive cocktail menu.

With locations across the major food hubs of the US, Tender Greens has perfected sustainably sourced, health-conscious, comfort food. Try one of the two Boston locations, Chestnut Hill and Copley Place, for their famous steak plate: a bonafide paleo dream come true. Plus, you’ll never get bored — every day, every location offers a brand-new, unique dish.

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