There’s a lot of hype surrounding the paleo diet. But love it or hate it, paleo eaters say they have more energy, better sleep, and a deepened relationship with avocados. What could be better than that?
The nutritional powerhouse has even become a favorite lifestyle choice for celebrities like Jessica Biel and Matthew McConaughey. But, you don’t have to live in Los Angeles to go paleo. There are plenty of spots in Philly that make eating paleo easy. And we’ve got the details on all of your options, ranging from grab-and-go to fancy feasts!
It’s important that you’re sitting down for this one — Pure Fare has paleo chocolate chip cookies. It’s hard to believe that a no-guilt version of this classic dessert exists, but that’s the beauty of this Rittenhouse fast-casual mainstay. There are also delicious smoothies if you prefer eating breakfast on the run.
Thanks to the customizable salads and stir-fry options, honeygrow will become your paleo best friend. With seasonal, organic ingredients, like roasted yams and roasted shrimp, there’s a lot to be thankful for. Also, their smoothies are amazing. Is it lunchtime yet?
REAL FOOD EATERY
This healthy newcomer is a paleo dream. Tell us you can read these menu items without salivating: Herb-rubbed chicken thighs, slow-cooked pork shoulder, and roasted carrot fries. You can’t! Though, for a quicker option, you can run in for a perfectly portioned avocado half! Bet you didn’t think being paleo could be so fun.
We were pretty stoked when Philly finally got a Bareburger. The organic burger joint is an awesome option for those wanting an eat-in experience. Don’t get it twisted, though. While this place has AMAZING burgers, there are also delicious options, like salads and crispy Brussels sprouts. Or get adventurous and try a burger option like bison or elk.
This trendy Fishtown restaurant is all about the meats (sorry, Arby’s). All meats are antibiotic- and hormone-free, so you know you’re getting the goods. Menu items include Freebird Organic Chicken Legs and Duroc Pulled Pork. Plus, the restaurant itself is adorable with wooden interiors that are reminiscent of a ski lodge. Trust us — go there.
This fast casual Rittenhouse restaurant has it all: a bottle shop, allergen-free food, and proteins like pineapple glazed chicken. Let us be frank with you: Not enough foods are glazed with pineapple in the world! Other yummy options include sweet potato salad and a whole salad bar!
BLACK & BREW
Finally, we’ve got a Passyunk option for all you South Philly paleo folks! Here, you’ve got your very own daily special, called the Paleo Hash. And trust us – it’s delicious. And those caramelized onions — gah! Fitt Tip: their happy hours, Monday to Friday from 3pm–5pm, include $1 iced coffee. Can we get a “hallelujah”?
For a paleo-friendly burrito bowl, look no further than Ánimo Juice. Seriously, this is some of the best guacamole in the city. For a sweeter option, the acai bowl has your name on it.
This completely transparent salad chain is a fan favorite in Philly. Load up your salad with delicious paleo options like avocado, chicken, vegetables, and a hard-boiled egg. Plus, most ingredients are locally sourced, so you’ll truly be dining locally.
For that special occasion dining option, Marathon Grill is your best bet. Order the farm-to-table pork chop with asparagus and chutney, and your fellow diners will be jealous of your meal. Other options include the grilled salmon and all-natural smoothies. Get this: they even have a menu item called the “Control Freak Salad”, where you can pick from tons of fresh ingredients to craft your perfect paleo salad.
With locations all throughout Philly, Snap Kitchen makes it easy to stay healthy. The chain offers mouth-watering paleo options, like grass-fed lamb lasagna and even banana pancakes.
**Updated by Jordan Price, October 2018