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 have simply just chosen 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 this day and age. Thankfully, Boston’s sprinkled with quite a few of these Paleo-friendly restaurants that would make our Paleolithic Era ancestors proud.
The Salty Pig
Bring on the meat. Seriously, if you’re looking for somewhere to get in your meat fix, the Salty Pig on Dartmouth Street is the place to do it. Round out your plate (depending on how strict you are with your Paleo diet) with Marcona Almonds, Roasted Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, and Vermont Wildflower Honey, and let your taste buds revel in Paleo heaven.
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 straight up vegetarian dish, Stella’s made-to-order menu is on point…Paleo or not.
Another South End gem, Washington Street’s Toro is a Spanish tapas restaurant serving up Barcelona-inspired small plates that would make any Paleo stomach happy. 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 what is (unfortunately) not suitable for the Paleo-ians.
So this one’s not technically in Boston, but close enough. Cabot’s in Newton actually has a Paleo-friendly menu — as in, you don’t have to dissect the menu, praying that maybe you’ll be able to eat something. It’s literally laid out for you. Our vote? The Paleo Chicken Platter.
Perusing Boylston looking for a quick (and healthy) bite? Dig Inn’s got you. 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 tastebuds. Then, you can…dig in. (We had to.)
The Boston Burger Co.
Okay, obviously you’re going to have to order your burger sans bun at this Boston favorite. Sans cheese, while you’re at it. But that’s okay. Sub in avocado and a fried egg and you’re good to go. Hell, go crazy and pile on some sautéed peppers and onions. Though, if you’re super strict with your Paleo diet, we suggest double-checking with the staff that their burgers are grass-fed. If you’re burdened with sad news — just get the turkey patty instead.
Piperi Mediterranean Grill
Okay, so you might have to bypass the pita (if you ever jump off the Paleo bandwagon — do yourself a favor and try it), but the flavorful proteins and Mediterranean-inspired toppings are a fair trade. Bringin’ the eats downtown on Beacon Street, Piperi is perfect for all you hungry Paleo business folk, scouring the city for a quality lunch spot that won’t break your diet.