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ALL THE BEST PALEO-FRIENDLY EATS IN NASHVILLE

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ELISE KELLY

JUL 14, 2020

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While we don’t have many (or any) strictly paleo restaurants here in Nashville, there has been an influx of places focusing on fresh, ethical, and seasonal ingredients. Combine that with a little creativity and customization, and you’ll have no problem satisfying your caveman cravings.

Let's be real — a bunless McDonald’s patty isn’t gonna cut it. Farm Burger on Charlotte Ave., on the other hand, offers grass-fed beef burgers and a long list of toppings, like arugula, local bacon, roasted garlic, and fresh jalapeños. In the mood for something lighter? Their seasonal salads (one of which is topped with a burger and sprinkled with plenty of nutritional yeast) are fire.

With “butcher” in the name, it’s no wonder this Germantown restaurant is a go-to among paleo eaters. Here, you can sub corn tortillas for lettuce cups when diving into a plate of their street tacos. But if you're eyeing one of their mains, we highly recommend the Oak-Fired New York Strip with heirloom beets and radishes. Either way, secure a spot on the patio — it's one of the best in town.

This paleo paradise has, wait for it... a dozen different burgers to choose from. Substitute a bun for a lettuce wrap, order a side of the best sweet potato fries in Nashville, and get ready for a guilt-free, paleo meal dreams are made of. And if you're feeling a salad, they have those, too. Hit 'em up on 12 South or in East Nashville.

True Food Kitchen in Green Hills is great. The healthy fast-casual specializes in colorful, seasonal dishes created with all types of eaters in mind — paleo included. From charred cauliflower to salads, bowls, and customizable plates, you could come back every day for a week and never order the same thing twice. Oh, and cocktails and juices are with freshly-squeezed fruits. What more could you ask for?

Music Row wouldn't be the same without Grabbagreen. They have it all, breakfast and lunch bowls, soups, smoothies, juice, and even cold brew. We told you they have it all. And if you're a believer (and we are) that every season is soup season, order their miso soup. It's a comforting combo of shredded carrots, edamame, and green onion that always hits the spot. If you're not in the neighborhood, there's also a location in Franklin.

Just because you're paleo doesn't mean you can't have sushi. Just head over to Kawai Poké Co. near the East End for a bowl packed with fresh fish, greens, and all sorts of good-for-you ingredients. There are a few signature selections to choose from, but what's the fun in that? Build your own and don't head home without snagging a kombucha for the road.

Paleo and keto donuts are a thing — and you can find them at East Park Donuts & Coffee. Yep, this charming bakery and cafe serves up a rotating flavor of each variety. And while that means you have to stop by IRL to check it out, but we don't think you'll have a problem with that, especially considering they also serve coffee.

It's not all juice at this Nashville staple. The menu also includes a ton of healthy eats (think salads and acai bowls), including some delicious paleo-friendly options. In our humble opinion, nothing pairs with a Wake Up Call juice shot better than a Chopped Keto Kale salad. Even better, there are a handful of locations around the city.

Funny how the salads we make at home never seem to turn out as well as the ones they make at Chopt. Guess that's why they're the experts. Set up in Green Hills and Brentwood, this is our favorite place to go for a warm grain bowl (you can sub regular rice for cauliflower rice!) or a delicious mashup of grilled meats and veggies. And if you can decide what to order, there's nothing wrong with sticking with the classics — the Avoketo Chicken Club or the Paleo Chicken Harvest.

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