Let’s face it: having any kind of dietary restriction can make going out to eat stressful. It’s much easier to cook at home with the reassurance that you know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth. But, sometimes you get tired of your usual grilled chicken and cauliflower rice. You want to spice it up a little — and we don’t blame you.
Luckily, these LA favorites make it easy for you to enjoy a meal out, try something new, and not have to worry if what you’re eating is really paleo.
Kye’s in Santa Monica is giving millennials exactly what they want — healthy, fast-casual food. This Asian-inspired eatery is the perfect place to grab a quick lunch or a bite before hitting the beach. And it’s best known for the Kyerito — a sandwich sans bread, wrapped in a patent-pending sleeve ensuring that all of the sandwich’s deliciousness makes it to your mouth. They also go above and beyond for dietary restrictions — the menu details which items are gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and/or soy-free, and which items can be made paleo.
Talk about an overnight success. In 2011, Khalil Rafati opened the first SunLife Organics in Malibu. Fast forward; there are now nine scattered throughout LA, from Thousand Oaks to Pacific Palisades (and one coming soon to Palos Verdes). Paleo eaters, order a smoothie bowl or a vegan frozen yogurt. And obviously, don’t forget about the toppings. They have about every superfood add-on imaginable, including paleo granola. Stop by and taste for yourself why this juice and smoothie bar is a clear favorite among Angelenos.
With four LA restaurants and a fifth on the way (coming to Pasadena), GRANVILLE is killing the game when it comes to offering gourmet-quality food at a reasonable price. And that’s not the only thing to love — excellent service, a full bar (hello, handcrafted cocktails), and a menu catered to all diets. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are clearly marked on the menu, too. Paleo-friendly selections can also be found with a little browsing, or with the help of your server. Fitt Tip: the “paleo plate” is available daily until 4pm.
The Source Cafe
The Source Cafe at the beach is the go-to spot for the health-conscious community living in the South Bay. They proudly serve many paleo items, including the Paleo Chicken Salad Panini. A paleo panini? Yep — this sandwich is made with an incredible paleo flax bread. And in addition to delicious food, they also have a dog-friendly outside patio. This means there’s truly no excuse for leaving any family members behind.
Amara Kitchen prides itself on serving a wide variety of dishes for all kinds of dietary preferences. No matter what you order from this Highland Park cafe, you will feel good knowing that the food is organic and locally sourced when available. One of the best paleo options on the menu is definitely the high-protein and grain-free Paleo Pancake. Not a morning person? Don’t worry. Paleo Pancakes (and the rest of the breakfast menu) are served ALL DAY LONG! Plus, they get some serious good karma points for offering a donation-based “Come Together Bowl” which costs only what you can afford.
Looking for top-quality meat? Look no further. Belcampo serves only the best — organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed meat from animals raised on their own farm in California (#goals). If that’s not enough to get you racing out the door, you will be pleased to know that Belcampo is also very paleo-friendly. So, next time you have a burger craving, don’t think — just hop in your car and head to a location in Santa Monica, DTLA, or West 3rd St. You won’t be disappointed. Fitt Tip: make sure to stock up on an array of their incredible grab-and-go foods, including meat, bone broth, and jerky.
True Food Kitchen
We prefer to keep our lists focused on the local stars, but it would be wrong to leave this one out. With restaurants in 13 states, eight in California, and three in LA (Pasadena, Santa Monica, and El Segundo), True Food Kitchen is quickly catching the attention of health nuts everywhere. While the menu doesn’t specifically state which items are paleo-friendly, the servers are well-versed on all food preferences. Just tell them what looks good, and they will be happy to suggest substitutes to make your meal 100% paleo.
Leo’s Superfood Bakery & Deli
Paleo-friendly grilled cheese, anyone? Everything inside this Northridge bakery and deli is 100% vegan and gluten-free. But that’s not all — they also offer a paleo menu loaded with everything from a Pesto Roasted Veggie Sandwich on superfood toast to Ginger Turmeric Almond Cookies. Just as exciting as the diet-friendly menu is the budget-friendly costs. We’re talking $5 avocado toast and $6 breakfast burritos.
**Updated by Marika Price, November 2018