CLEVELAND’S BEST PALEO-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

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LAYNE GIBBONS

APR 18, 2019

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Love it or hate it, the paleo diet has become pretty popular.

If you aren’t familiar, going paleo or subscribing to the “caveman diet” is a simple food plan that calls for eating like our ancestors. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats — basically, as long as it’s not packaged and comes from Mother Earth, it’s game on.

So if you’re in Cleveland and craving some “cave food”, get to these local spots for delicious, paleo-friendly eats.

This East 6th steakhouse is all about sourcing local and organic ingredients. And since most paleo-eaters love a good piece of meat, Urban Farmer has you covered with just about every part of a cow you could ever want. But if red meat isn’t your thing, they also have chicken, duck, fish, and plenty of greens for a balanced paleo meal no matter the time of day.

If you frequent Tremont’s Fahrenheit, you’ll notice their menu always seems to be different. That’s because their head chef changes its selections every six weeks to keep Tremont stomachs on their toes. However, they do have house signatures that will rock your paleo socks off. Rip into their Kobe Beef Short Ribs or Rocco’s Black Truffle Meatballs (formed with veal, pork, and beef) as an appetizer and you’ll leave full and satisfied.

At TownHall, the entire menu is made up of fresh, local, and non-GMO ingredients. And get this, every Wednesday night starting at 5pm, it’s paleo night! They have tasty bites like their paleo and gluten-free baked chicken tenders, their Open Faced Sloppy Joseph, and Chorizo Stuffed Peppers. Forget about hunting and gathering; go to TownHall instead.

When the restaurant you’re dining in serves ingredients from their own farm — yeah, they mean business. Spice Kitchen & Bar on Detroit Ave. supports local farms and only serves sustainable agriculture from the area. Kick off the evening with their Brussels On the Cob before diving into some chicken confit or pork belly. This menu is perfect for the paleo diet, but heck, it’s also perfect for any diet.

If you’re in a jam, get your paleo lunch or dinner at this spot on the corner of Lorain Ave. and West 24th. They have tasty salads made with fresh vegetables, salmon burgers for lunch (no bread, of course!), and delicious meats for your main dinner course (like the Grilled C.A.B. Ribeye served with root vegetable puree, haricot verts, and smoked onion demi). Basically, this place is a paleo paradise.

This fast casual in Public Square is dedicated to locally-sourced, GMO-free eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For AM, try their Breakfast BOL (aka bowl) sans the goat cheese. It’s filled with fried eggs, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bok choy, onion, and your choice of protein. But if you’re not an early riser, you can always try their bone broth soups, zucchini noodle BOLs, or salads. Better still, you can create your own BOL, adding whatever paleo-friendly ingredients your heart desires.

Dining at Cleveland Chop on St. Claire Ave. makes us feel fancy (even when it’s just a normal Tuesday). Keep it paleo by keeping it simple. Here, you can choose between any piece of beef they have to offer (NY strip, boneless ribeye, petite filet, etc.), or you can try some of their favorites like the tenderloin tips or the Berkshire pork chop. Pair it with a fresh vegetable and a cold glass of water, and your night is set.

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