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Boulderites are no stranger to the paleo craze. Lucky for you, Boulder restaurants have your back with lots of tasty (and caveman-approved) options. Yes, it’s possible to stay the course, even on a night out.
Whether menus call out paleo items or not, these restaurants know their ingredients and take pride in quality, so you can feel good about sticking to your lifestyle while exploring the local restaurant scene.
Yes, you CAN satisfy your Southwestern craving without breaking paleo rules. Thank you, Zolo. While paleo items aren’t called out specifically, they can be crafted easily using Zolo’s fresh, flavorful, and transparent menu (figuratively, not literally). Zolo (off Arapahoe Ave.) also notes that they are happy to accommodate paleo eaters; just let the server know! Good luck resisting Zolo’s margs, though.
The kitchen at Shine is completely gluten- and GMO-free. Even better? Shine on Canyon Blvd. is committed to sourcing sustainable and local ingredients from the Front Range. Its kitchen scraps are even composted to feed the soil and the animals at several of Boulder’s local farms. Shine makes it easy and marks paleo-friendly (PF) items on the menu. They don’t phone it in, either. Try the Probiotic Slaw Sampler, Local Mushroom Bisque, or Local Lamb Meatballs.
Fresh Thymes chef and owner Christine Ruch was inspired by her own experience with celiac disease to create an entirely gluten-free menu. Translation: the menu is also largely grain-free! Paleo-eaters will love the responsibly-raised and perfectly-prepared proteins. And this 30th St. eatery makes it easy to hang and nosh or grab and go. Honestly, they are serious about clean-eating and fresh flavor; you can’t go wrong.
The folks behind Yellowbelly on Arapahoe set out to create a menu with delicious, natural food that is quick and affordable. And that they did. Using Colorado’s antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and cage-free Red Bird chicken, Yellowbelly is the real deal. But they don’t stop at just chicken, offering fresh and healthy sides and salads like organic citrus quinoa and crunchy red slaw to polish off the meal. No sleuthing needed: paleo items are easily identifiable.
Blackbelly in East Boulder (an obvious competitor to Yellowbelly) focuses on flavor first, using only the best local ingredients. The dinner menu is full of creatively delicious (and paleo-ish-friendly options, like the half rotisserie chicken with schmaltz roasted vegetables, olive, grape and chile relish, and preserved lemon). Blackbelly also has its own (and Boulder’s only!) whole-animal butcher shop in-house. Breakfast and lunch are served in the butcher shop, too, so you can scope it out then!
Yes, Boulder’s gem of a juice bar is paleo-friendly! But Wonder on Pearl St. is more than juice. They also serve homemade nut milks, meat and veggie broths (try the Hazel Dell mushroom broth), organic smoothies, and Bulletproof coffee (with Bulletproof Brain Octane)! No matter your craving, your belly will thank you.
If you find yourself a little north of Boulder near Longmont, check out this dedicated paleo spot. Here, you can find menu items like egg salad, BBQ jackfruit, chicken salad, and a delicious paleo bowl made with greens, grass-fed beef sausage or chicken sausage, sweet potato, sauerkraut, egg, and avocado. Depending on how strict paleo you are, there are also gluten-free paninis you won’t want to miss. Oh, and don’t forget to wash it down with some of their fresh smoothies or coffee!
If you’re looking for fast food that is healthy, sustainable, and fits all of your paleo needs, check out Modern Market on 28th St. It has a broad menu of scratch-prepared items—salads, grain bowls, protein-packed bowls with hand-carved meats, soups, sandwiches, and more—that you can customize to fit your food preferences. For you paleo folks, go for the bowls. Pick your choice of protein: chicken, Berkshire pulled pork, sustainable salmon, or grass-fed steak, and pair it with your favorite sides, like fire-roasted veggies, rosemary sweet potato mash, or fresh greens.
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