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JUL 14, 2020


The stone age diet is back in a big way.

If you aren’t familiar, going paleo or subscribing to the “caveman diet” 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 Kaleo (Keto & Paleo) night! They have tasty bites like their paleo and gluten-free baked chicken tenders, pull pork sandwiches, and the "Caveburger". Forget about hunting and gathering; go to TownHall instead.

If you’re in a jam, get your paleo dinner at this spot on the corner of Lorain Ave. and West 24th. They have tasty salads made with fresh vegetables and delicious meats for your main dinner course (like the roast chicken, or short ribs with whipped potatoes). 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 paleo-friendly ingredients conveniently marked on the menu.

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.

You won’t need to hunt and gather for paleo-friendly dishes at Forage Public House. The menu is endlessly customizable, indicating where substitutions can be made. If you need to know where to look, order off of the “All Day Menu”, which includes locally sourced steak, roasted salmon, and beef brisket bowls.

If you’re dining out with a group of dietary sensitive eaters, Johnny Mango’s is a must-visit. From gluten-free to vegan and paleo, nearly all the plates at this all-day cafe and brunch spot can be augmented. Strict paleo diners should go for the grilled steak salad, jerk chicken, or grilled tuna — they’re all good choices.

pHuel Cafe, with locations on Euclid and Chester Ave., offers a simple, substitute-friendly menu that’ll satisfy even the pickiest of paleo eaters. The cafe believes in the power of nutrient-dense foods that balance a person’s pH, which keeps joint pain and inflammation at bay. The menu at pHuel offers plenty of unprocessed food to satisfy paleo diners, too. Order the seared salmon, pork belly, or bunless burger for a perfect balance.


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