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Paleo Eating in Austin

Welcome to my 100% biased, 0% scientific recommendations on my favorite places to get paleo-friendly eats in Austin. There are a few things you need to keep in mind while reading my suggestions:

1. I eat paleo by choice, not medical necessity. That means I’ve been fairly lazy about confirming exact ingredients in restaurant dishes. I assume when I eat out that I’m going to end up eating stuff that I would’t eat at home: canola oil; added sugar; maybe some sneaky soy; hidden grain or legume flours, especially in dishes labeled gluten free. I have the flexiblity to do that. If you follow a paleo diet because you have health issues that require it, please verify ingredients at the restaurants if you take any of my suggestions.

2. I don’t eat out very often… My “thing” is really making paleo food at home. But when I need a break from cooking, I either go to one of my local favorites where I know I can eat fairly healthily and without stress — or I throw caution to the wind and enjoy treats. This post focuses on the restaurants I rely on to feed me as well as possible when I can’t bear to rattle the pots and pans.

3. This list is not comprehensive. Also, I’m a Recommender, not a Reviewer. I haven’t exhausted all the possibilities for paleo in Austin, and I haven’t set out to review them critically the way a restaurant reviewer would. These are merely the places I feel confident recommending to you because they’re my personal choices when I eat out. Also, I live in South Austin, so most of my go-to places are near my neighborhood; sorry (but not really, ’cause I love South Austin).

4. When in doubt, order fajitas. There’s a tasty Tex-Mex joint everywhere you look in Austin, and most of them serve fajitas. When in doubt, order fajitas with extra guacamole. Say “no” to the tortillas, rice, beans, and sour cream — and do not allow the waitstaff put a basket of chips on your table.

24 Diner

600 N. Lamar | 512-472-5400
My current favorite! 24 Diner sources produce and meat locally and there’s an obvious focus on high-quality, seasonal ingredients. They also offer a gluten-free menu and don’t mind picky ordering. The chalkboard features daily specials, and most days it includes greens braised with bacon. Love! I’ve enjoyed a wonderful chicken and apricot salad, the lamb burger, and sweet potato home fries. The waitstaff is very tolerant and patient, and even when it’s busy, there’s a sense that you’re welcome to linger over conversation and coffee. (They have great decaf!) Bonus: open 24/7.

My go-to meal: lamb burger, minus goat cheese, no bun, with braised greens on the side… but all of the burgers are amazing, as are the salads.


Madam Mam’s/Sap’s

Sap’s: 4514 Westgate Blvd | 512-899-8525
Madam Mam’s: 2700 Anderson Lane, Ste 419 | 512-371-9930
Note: In my opinion, the Guadalupe location is to be avoided. It smells like an indoor swimming pool, and I don’t think the food is as good as other locations. (See what I did there? I reviewed instead of recommending. Bad Mel!)

There’s probably some sugar and maybe a little soy sneaking into these dishes, but the food is super fresh, and I’ve never felt oogey after eating here, so if there is soy involved, it’s minimal. Both the Westgate and Anderson Lane locations are beautifully decorated with a casual atmosphere, so you can dress up or dress down. The coconut curries are rich and flavorful, and each has its own flavors rather than being a generic mix of protein and veg with some coconut milk thrown on top. The “Special” versions of traditional dishes feature succulent, tender beef that’s worth the extra couple of bucks.

My go-to meal: P44 Special Keow Wan Beef Curry with extra eggplant or P41 Speckal Panang Beef Curry. If we’re super hungry, we start with an order of A6 Tod Mun Chicken or S5 Yum Green Bean (eat around the peanuts).


Lambert’s

401 West 2nd Street | 512-494-1500
When we want a dinner that feels special, Lambert’s is always our first choice. The meats are locally-sourced and cooked to perfection — and there are plenty of options for veggies sides. One caveat: there’s definitely sugar in the meat rubs and braised veggies; but quality wins out over strictness for me. The atmosphere is relaxed and cool, waitstaff is well-informed but not snooty.

My go-to meal: Spicy Deviled Eggs or (and!) Crispy Wild Boar Ribs… Bibb Lettuce & Avocado Salad…  Country Style Pork Ribs… Mustard and Brown Sugar Crusted Niman Ranch Ribeye. The Japaleno & Garlic Roasted Broccoli will make you weep, it’s so good — but all of the green veg are worth eating. (Hello, Brussels Sprouts!)


Tarbouch

534 East Oltorf Street | 512-326-2001
I’m always cautious when approaching Middle Eastern restaurants because I was born and raised on the stuff. Tarbouch was a lovely surprise: hole-in-the-wall atmosphere with drool-worthy food that tastes like my parents could have made it — and that is the highest compliment I can pay Middle Eastern food. There’s cute interior seating and a big patio with a new covering to help defray the blistering Texas sun. Great place for a lazy lunch that slides into a relaxed afternoon. The servings are generous and focus around big plates of meat with supporting players like salads and vegetables. I had no problem subbing their Baba Ghannouj for hummus.

My go-to-meal: Chicken or Beef Shawarma Plate, Kafta Kebab, or Lamb Kebab, sub Baba Ghannouj for hummus


Habanero Mexican Cafe

501 West Oltorf | 512-416-0443
For two decades, Dave and I have always followed a Saturday morning workout with a relaxed breakfast in a restaurant. Our Austin pick for our ritual is Hanabero. It’s family-owned and located in a renovated house; best tables are on the porch. Habanero is only vaguely paleo friendly; I’m sure they use canola oil and the meat is definitely not of the local-and-grass-fed variety. But the food is very fresh and very, very good. The caldo de res, available only weekends, is a deep bowl of crazy-tender beef with big hunks of cabbage and zucchini (eat around the half ear of corn on the cob). Their guacamole is excellent, as is the just-hot-enough red salsa. Avert your eyes from the baskets of tortilla chips. Also excellent are carnitas and barbacoa plates: big piles of fall-apart tender meat with a mini side salad of iceberg, pica de gallo, and guacamole.

My go-to meal: When I want eggs, it’s Machacado and Eggs or Roberto’s Special (Huevos Rancheros with a side of Fajita Beef) with a side of guac. When I want meat, the carnitas or barbacoa does the trick.


Polvo’s

2004 S 1st Street | 512-441-5446
Polvo’s is always hopping! If you’re looking for a loud, energetic atmosphere for your fajita consumption, Polvo’s is the place. The only thing I ever order there is the Fajita al Guajillo: sizzling chicken, beef, or pork sautéed with sun-dried peppers, grilled onions and poblanos, pecans, raisins, and peanuts. I’m not a fan of their guacamole and advise against ordering it. But the salsa bar with three varieties plus pickled vegetables makes up for it.

My go-to meal: Fajita al Guajillo — request no peanuts — with a side of sliced avocado instead of guac. I also eat plenty of the kickass black salsa from the salsa bar and the searingly-hot pickled veggies.


P. Terry’s

5 locations; all equally great; handy drive-thru location at 204 West Ben White (@ South Congress)
Burgers! Burgers! Burgers! Sometimes you just need a burger, and P. Terry’s is committed to high-quality ingredients, and their burgers taste damn good. It’s a no-frills experience, and that’s how I like it when I’m in that mood.

My go-to meal: hamburger or chicken burger, no bun (Sometimes I also order the french fries; don’t judge.)


Kerby Lane

5 locations; love them all
Kerby totally feels like a college hangout to me, even in the neighborhoods where there are plenty of grownups or young families. It’s open 24 hours and has a sprawling menu of diner food, breakfast anytime, and more sophisticated entrées like seared tuna steak and Greek chicken. There are lots of meat + veg options that can be customized to remove problematic ingredients like cheese. It’s a relatively stress-free experience to eat there because there are so many options.

My go-to meal: I either opt for eggs/omelet with fruit and salad instead of toast and potatoes, or Nabil’s Mid-East Feast salad (olives, egg, avocado, lettuce, tomato) with garlic-sesame dressing, minus the garbanzo beans and feta cheese, plus grilled chicken.


Magnolia Cafe

2304 Lake Austin Blvd | 512-478-8645
1920 S. Congress Ave | 512-445-0000

Mags is very similar to Kerby Lane in atmosphere and menu choices. When we moved to Austin in 2000, the Magnolia on South Congress was like our second kitchen, we ate there so often. It’s got a friendly, relaxed vibe that is so Austin, and the menu reflects its Austin roots with Tex-Mex specialties alongside diner classics and California-influenced “lighter” dishes like big salads; the California Salad is refreshing and satisfying (order with no cheese). They also have a pretty great selection of herbal teas which is really helpful for me because even decaf can sometimes be too much stimulant for me. Open 24 hours. Always, always bring a sweater or jacket because the A/C is generally cranked all the time.

My go-to meal: Burger, sans bun, plus a side salad… or breakfast food with fruit on the side. The Magnolia Stir Fry is also really great, if you make occasional exceptions for a little soy sauce.

 

Alamo Drafthouse

multiple locations; similar menus
The Alamo Drafthouse is another Austin institution that won our hearts when we were new transplants, and the romance hasn’t faded. The Drafthouse has a handful of menu items that fit into the paleo template, and they taste really good, too. Big salads (easily paleo-ized and satisfying), quality burgers, and even a spaghetti squash entrée with marinara and chicken that seems to have been designed with paleo people in mind. One of my favorite things is feeling like a “normal” person when I eat out, and it’s enormously rewarding to sit back in a dark theater and dig into some tasty food, just like everyone else in the room.

My go-to meal: Spicy Bleu Burger (sometimes with the bleu cheese; so scandalous!), no bun; they wrap it in lettuce instead, and it’s juicy and awesome. Sub salad for fries or chips: I like the Lemon Vinaigrette. I also really like the Once Upon a Time in Mexico Salad with either chicken or steak; no cheese, no tortilla strips, sub Lemon Vinaigrette for the default dressing.


Fire Bowl Cafe

5 locations; same menu
This is our go-to takeout when I’m tired/have hormone poisoning/we’re watching “American Idol” (sorry!) and no one wants to deal with dishes. It’s a build-your-own stir-fry situation, and I love selecting my own veggies from the veggie bar (I pick lots of broccoli, mushrooms, white and green onions, pineapple chunks, and bamboo shoots). Fire Bowl recently added an option to get fresh field greens under a stir-fry instead of rice or noodles, which is totally awesome — and the menu includes indications for gluten-free items. I’ve also verified that the Lemongrass Basil, Ginger White Wine, and Coconut Curry are also soy free (but if you go, double check to make sure they haven’t changed their recipes).

My go-to meal: My fave veggies with beef and Coconut Curry sauce, no rice/noodles, sub field greens. I also just fell madly in love with the side salad with Creamy Garlic dressing (but it probably includes canola oil, so if you’re concerned about industrial oils, you might want to investigate).

 

Central Market Café

4001 N. Lamar Blvd | 512-206-1020
4477 S. Lamar Blvd | 512-899-4300
In both locations, the Café offers indoor and outdoor seating that does a pretty good job of making me forget I’m eating in a grocery store. But it has all the advantages of a grocery store, so I can order my entrée from the Café and supplement with other foods from the store. Nifty! There are plenty of options on the menu that can be cleaned up: beautiful salads, meat-and-veg entrees, and juicy burgers. (By now you should be seeing the trend. This is why I rarely make burgers at home; the bunless burger is a go-to, out-of-the-house meal.) I should also mention that the salad bar and the counter of prepared food are also a good option, but you have to be super picky. (Don’t we always have to be super picky?) It’s got a really nice selection, but is less hectic than Whole Foods.

My go-to meal: A burger with no bun, double side salad with vinaigrette on the side, extra pickles, plus a grapefruit that I buy separately from the produce department. The steak salad (with a luscious shallot vinaigrette) is also very good; remember to request no cheese. I also like to go to the Café for brunch after yoga on Saturdays; omelets are good, but again, request NO CHEESE. I forget as often as I remember, and they automatically put it into omelets there.

What are your fave choices for Paleo in Austin?

This post is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance 2012 City Guide. Check out the full list of blog posts at the AFBA web site!

 

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63 Responses to “Paleo Eating in Austin”

  1. Alicia Ang says:

    Awesome list! Don’t forget Wholly Cow Burgers. It’s directly across South Lamar from Kerby Lane. Grass fed beef, local produce, and sweet potato fries – cut and cooked there.
    My go to: Ask for a burger Paleo style! They’ll put it between two portabella mushroom caps!

  2. LeeAnn says:

    This makes me want to visit Austin. Yum!

  3. Jennifer says:

    It’s funny that you posted this today, because I was googling “paleo restaurants austin” earlier! Chipotle is a good place. Just grab a salad bowl, say no to the rice, beans, and dairy, yes to guac, and you’ve got a tasty, filling meal.
    PS So true about Magnolia’s A/C. Great food though.

  4. Jamie says:

    Thanks for this! I live in Fort Worth, but we are coming to Austin in April for a little getaway. Yay!

  5. Craig says:

    Thanks for the list, thought I would throw in my two cents on a few quick and easy meal places that are Paleo friendly (always the hardest to find I think).

    You should check out Flat Top Burgers. New joint that opened up on Manor in the little island across the street from El Chile and what used to be Red House Pizza and rumor has it is going to be something called Salty Sow that specializes in make delicious things from all parts of the pig, fingers crossed.

    Anyway, Flat Top has a grass fed beef option and a lettuce wrap option. I’d advise adding an extra patty (making it 3) b/c they are on the thin side (like P Terry’s). Anyway, its delish and healthy, yippee!

    Elevation burger also offers a lettuce wrapped grassfed burger option (2 locales: arboretum and on Anderson across the street from Alamo Village)

    I also love what the South Central Market Cafe has to offer for Paleo eats. They almost always have a special that is great and if it has a non-Paleo ingredient (often some sort of potato) they are happy to switch it out for grilled veg.

    • Elle says:

      Yes to Elevation Burger! And there’s a new one opening – it’s going to be a drive-thru where the former Terra Burger was on 183 by Costco. Now if they’d just start carrying sweet potato fries!

  6. aseafish says:

    Love the post, though you’ve left me wishing eating this way was a choice for me and not a necessity. You have a delightful way of describing food.

  7. kell says:

    OMG, you have sooooo many options!! im super jealous . . . and possibly moving to austin :)

    • Mark says:

      This can be a fantastic place to live. The energy of the people and attitude towards healthy living is amazing!

  8. sarah k. says:

    Yeah, jealous. While I’m outgrowing my lust for living in a big city, I do regret the limited restaurant choices of Dayton. We just don’t eat out very often anymore, mostly because I just can’t bear the thought of the consequences of poor eating. Everything you described sounds heavenly.

  9. Ben Williams says:

    Haha, I love Madam Mam’s! I’ll have to give the others a try including Wholly Cow Burgers another person commented. Keep the blog rolling!!

  10. J.Marshall says:

    Man, and to think the only place we ate when we were in Austin was “Big Lous”…the giant pizza…for the kids of course.

    I’m so going back for a paleo feast when we visit my darling MIL! :) Thank you for the recommendations!

  11. M. Huff says:

    I love this! We live in Austin and I appreciate the recommendations. You mentioned alot of places that we loved to go to before we recently went Paleo. Habanero has always been a fave. All Star Burger is new to Hill Country Galleria and I haven’t had a chance to try it but looks to have some great Paleo options. Thanks again for posting this.

  12. kimberly says:

    i asked mel for a recommendation about places to go in austin that would be whole30 compliant and 24 diner was suggested. holy crap. so amazing. their coffee is FANTASTIC, even black! i got the gluten free version of the sweet potato hash (fruit instead of toast, no cheese for me at least) and added an additional egg (it comes with two). i attempted to duplicate that (super browned bits and all) at home because it was so good.

  13. Lamb Burger from 24 is the best burger I’ve had in recent memory. OH, yes.

    Girl, I could eat my weight in that dark salsa @ Polvo’s. I’m going to go to work as a dishwasher or something so I can get that recipe.

    Great recs.

  14. Melissa says:

    Love it! i have more new places to try!

    Nabil’s mid-east feast is my favorite at Kerbey! I usually have them add shrimp or chicken.

    Have you been to the Steeping Room (Domain)? They have some really good items on their menu that are Paleo and some that are easily changed to be.

    Another Broken Egg is another favorite of mine.

    Zax is another place I have seen forever and only been twice, but their food blew me away so good!

    And if you are ever way up North, Bellini’s in Cedar Park is SOOO good.

  15. Melissa says:

    After reading about paleo a bit (including buying Well Fed!), my fiance and I finally are easing into paleo eating habits. We finally spent the extra money on grass fed beef that we bought at a farmer’s market here in Austin. We used your (simple but awesome) ground beef recipe for our ground beef. I wasn’t expecting it to taste so good! We’re sold! Full on paleo starts as soon as we go shopping and clear out our pantry! I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  16. Mel says:

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing your faves. Keep ‘em coming!

    Melissa –> Good for you for making the switch to paleo. I hope you have a smooth transition and have lots of fun cooking with Well Fed. Keep us posted on how you’re doing!

  17. Emily says:

    Love this!!! You’re the first paleo blogger I’ve come across who lives in Austin. As someone suggested, Chipotle salads topped with guac are awesome. Wholly Cow is definitely awesome–I don’t like portabella, so they lettuce-wrapped a burger for me. Parkside is pricey, but it has some tasty paleo-friendly dishes. There’s a new place called Muscle Maker Grill that has paleo-friendly dishes, but I haven’t been yet. Oh, and Jimmie Johns has a lettuce-wrapped “unwich” that I get sometimes. Everywhere else, I just get a salad with some protein on top :)

    • Mark says:

      I cannot believe I did not mention the love of my life: Chipotle. Thank God they are everywhere in the USA so I can get my guac fix…

  18. Mark says:

    As an Austin resident, I am glad you asked…
    For burgers: Elevation Burger (grass fed, lettuce wrap option, blah blah blah)
    Madam Mams: chu chee salmon P15. they must put heroin in the thing… also the kai jaiw 5 egg omelette… tons of love…
    Manuels: black drum filet fish on spinach, fajitas, guac, more love…
    Zoe’s Kitchen: I would sacrifice my firstborn for the salmon kabobs. fish, veggies… gifts from the gods…
    OK, not Paleo but macrobiotic and an awesome veggie boost and a total gem of Austin: Casa de Luz. CEO of Whole Foods even eats here all the time! He knows….
    Rudys: my best bbq. no sauce (HFCS is evil)
    Tomosushi & Uchiko (NOT Uchi!)
    If you feel like spending for awesomeness and willing to throw a little rice into your paleo world…
    Trento: new place on 360/Westlake. amazing hanger steak with kale! kale! who serves kale? (sub the potatoes for more kale!)
    North by Northwest: tons of paleo choices
    ok done. thanks for tolerating my rant..

  19. gviveka says:

    Love the BBQ @ Poke Joe’s.. Not too much sugar in their sauces and the sides can be as paleo as you like.. Their porkribs plate is the best I have ever had!

    Burrito bowl @ freebirds.. It might look like a fast food joint but the food is fresh!!

    And for the not-so-paleo kebabs, kebabilicious is a weekend 6th street grub that shouldn’t be missed!!

  20. Julie says:

    Tarka Indian Kitchen — Hold the white rice or get it on the side: gluten and dairy free coconut curries, kebabs, masalas, vindaloos…drool.

    Koriente — freshest Asian food I’ve had anywhere, just look out for soy sauce if that’s an issue. Impossible parking but delicious.

    Second Freebirds — locally owned. It’s not as spicy as Chipotle if you have tummy issues but still crave Tex-Mex.

    Not in town but hard to beat: Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood and Round Rock) … get the brisket, no sauce; proceed to swoon.

  21. AustinGirl says:

    If you’re by the Capitol around lunch time, LaVaca Teppan is GREAT. It’s like Bennihana, without the fanfare (and high prices). If you ask for no rice, they will offer double veggies. Dog and Duck have rocking burgers that you can get sans bun, and sub a salad for fries. Hog Island has a stupid good chef’s salad (I am not a salad fan, so this is a big deal) and you can get their Philly cheesesteak on a bed of baby spinach. All of that is around 15th Street and LaVaca.
    Otherwise, I also am in love with Elevation Burger off of Great Hills Trail in N.Austin. They are SO good.

  22. Lisa says:

    Alyssa and I took your advice while at Paleo FX and went to 24 Diner and Kerbey Lane (the original location.) They were terrific, thank you so much! And we also went to Wink, which was fabulous (and they were more than willing to remove anything with gluten, or to substitute.) We can’t wait to go back and try the rest of your recommendations.

    • Mel says:

      I heard that Wink was really accommodating — that’s AWESOME. So good to know. Glad you enjoyed 24 Diner and Kerbey Lane… yay!

  23. Kendra says:

    Red’s Porch–ask for the grass fed burger and lettuce leaves to wrap it in. Divine!

    Hai Ky is a Vietnamese place with a GF menu. I order the beef pho with no noodles and extra veggies (or sometimes just go with the rice noodles). Many locations in town. Probably not be the best quality meat.

  24. Diana says:

    Eastside Cafe is a great place for dinner. They have a gluten free menu but were great about adapting specials and the regular menu.

  25. Elle says:

    AWESOME list! Recently Paleo & gluten-free, and I love to cook at home, but it’s nice to have some suggestions.

    If you’re out for a fancy dinner, Olivia has locally sourced meats & veggies (some from their own garden in the back!), and they’re very accommodating to special diets as well. My favorite!

    And for more casual fare, Black Sheep Lodge has a great burger that they’ll serve on a bed of mixed greens (& a side of sweet potato fries for a splurge).

  26. hilah says:

    This is great, Mel! I love your creative ordering strategies at all these familiar places. My favorite omelet at Kerbey Lane is the California, I think it’s called? Kalamata olives, tomato, avocado (hold the cream sauce) – so good.

  27. Shef says:

    Had no idea there was an Austin Paleo blogger! So cool! I had been researching paleo for the last few months because husband is paleo now. We are finding it pretty easy to find selections here anywhere we go in Austin (but not everywhere for the grass-fed/local meat sources of course). I have GOT to try elevation burger now and would really like to try Tarbouch!

    • Mel says:

      YAY! Glad you discovered me over here! YAY for you guys trying paleo, and yes, we’re pretty fortunate in Austin that we have some good options.

  28. Pia Marie says:

    Hopdoddy is GREAT as well. They have a lot of extras that they’re willing to add on at no charge (bacon, egg, etc etc). And bunless, they still taste great!

  29. Kimberly says:

    Wow. While I get to make my own mayo with eggs from my hens, I have to cook every meal. I am lucky if I get to avoid cooking a full breakfast a few mornings a month. We only have one place open in town for dinner and it is gross. The closest decent food is an hour a way and we only go there for anniversaries and birthdays. Life is different in the middle of nowhere…

  30. Levi Smith says:

    I’m opening up a new barbecue food trailer on the southwest side of Austin on Aug 11th for Sat only lunch service. Our all natural meats, along with the rub and sauce, are gluten-free and paleo friendly.

    http://www.woodpilebbq.com/menu

    • Mel says:

      Sweet! Thanks for letting me know. We’ll definitely come check it out. YAY!

    • Mel says:

      Just read your bio. Congratulations on making the big switch from corporate land to food world! I left my 20-year gig as a corporate writer this February to focus on cookbooks and my blog full time… feels good!

      Really looking forward to trying your BBQ. Thanks for the heads-up!

  31. Sarah says:

    Ok so I’m totally new to the paleo thing but have a question. Isnt paleo also sugar free? How can you have the brown sugar ribeye at Lamberts? Just wanna make sure I’m doing this right! :)

    • Mel says:

      Yes! You’re right: added sugar is a ‘no’ for paleo… but I eat at home almost all the time, so sometimes when I go to restaurants, I loosen up on my rules a little bit.

      For us, Lambert’s is always a “special occasion” restaurant, so I assume that I’ll be eating a little extra sugar and maybe some sneaky soy or wheat that makes its way into the food.

      When I’m “strict” and eating out, I stick to stuff like burgers with no buns and salads with oil + vinegar, so I know I’m PROBABLY not getting any hidden ingredients. One trick I’ve learned: always ask if restaurants put dairy, wheat, or soy in their eggs for omelets and scrambled.

  32. Kate Ground says:

    Found you while doing Whole30, but didn’t realize you were in Austin! Great recommendations for a nice night out. FYI, when in San Marcos, try EuroCafe. Albanian food, adjustable to Paleo. Lots of meat. Our go to place for a meal out. Thai Thai….just leave out the rice…And Italian Gardens has a low carb menu…but, oh their bread is tempting.

  33. Marisa H says:

    Sadly, I contacted Kerbey Lane and they told me all their breakfast items are made on the same grill, so that means ALL items are contaminated with gluten from the pancakes :( :(

    So I will definitely be hitting up 24 Diner instead.

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  35. Mary Elizabeth says:

    I just bought your cookbook. a.w.e.s.o.m.e. I thought about buying the downloadable version but your design was so awesome, I had to hold it in my hands, as-is.

    I have a friend in Austin who just had a baby and I would like to order a paleo dinner for her family and have it delivered. (I don’t live in Austin.)

    Can you recommend a restaurant (and meal) in Austin that delivers? Their family includes a mom, a dad, two 5 year olds (plus baby). I believe that they are all adventurous eaters.

    Thank you so much. I love your cookbook and can’t wait to try it all out. I think I ate half a dozen scotch eggs last weekend. haha

  36. Chelsea W. says:

    Had this post saved for quite a while in the hopes that I would make it to Austin someday. Finally did and used it as a reference all weekend! Thanks a bunch!

  37. Laura says:

    At home we use your cookbook all the time! Today we were driving through Austin and used this as a reference – Fire Bowl Cafe was amazing! Thanks for the recommendation :)

  38. Val says:

    Thank you for providing all the information about restaurants in Austin that are paleo friendly. My husband and I just started Paleo on New Year’s Day and we’re loving it. I’ve been cooking the fabulous recipes in Sarah Fragoso’s “Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook” instead of eating out, but we do like to have dinner dates so your list is just what we need. Thanks again!

  39. Val says:

    Thank you for providing all the information about restaurants in Austin that are paleo friendly. My husband and I just started Paleo on New Year’s Day and we’re loving it. I’ve been cooking the fabulous recipes in Sarah Fragoso’s “Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook” instead of eating out, but we do like to have dinner dates so your list is just what we need. Thanks again!
    Also, I just bought your cookbook. Can’t wait to start cooking!

    • Mel says:

      Congratulations on making the switch to paleo! And I hear ya: sometimes you just want someone else to do the cooking.

      Hope you enjoy Well Fed!

  40. Andrea says:

    How about an update as a pre-Paleo(fx) special?

    Any place on this list that’s closed? Any new awesome joints?

    Thank you and see you in a few weeks!

    • Mel says:

      We’re eyebrows-deep in cookbook production. If I can get to it, I will! But no promises… if it helps, I still eat at all of these places now and the menus are still the same.

      • Andrea says:

        Awesome, thanks! My favorite place for any ‘diet’ in Austin is Franklin BBQ. Oops – am I not supposed to speak of the place?

  41. Andrew says:

    Great tip on Tarbouch! Delicious and paleo friendly.
    -appreciated traveler

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  43. My girlfriend and I sell a product which we think would be of interest to the paleo community. We call is Chim-chimichurri, a chimichurri relish for anything grilled. It’s made with 100% olive oil (no canola!), parsley, red wine vinegar, red onion, red pepper flakes, garlic and a little salt. That’s it, no preservatives or other additives. Would you be interested in trying a sample? Please let us know. Thanks!

  44. Kerri says:

    Mel, After buying Well Fed and Well Fed 2, I didn’t think you could be any more awesome (well, except maybe if you come out with a Well Fed 3!) And then I read this post!!!! I’m FINALLY getting the opportunity to travel to Texas, and have made a point to spend a few days in Austin. So, when I did a search for Paleo restaurants in Austin and found a list of places suggested by none other than you, I was thrilled! Thank you for this…I can’t wait to try them all! You definitely rock! And I promise I’ll try not to jump up and down screaming if I see you around town….

    • Mel says:

      Thank you so much for buying both of our cookbooks — YAY!

      I’m excited that you’re excited about Austin. Definitely go to 24 Diner — it’s really fun and the food is good and paleo-friendly, so you can just relax and enjoy.

      If you see me around town, you better say hello!

  45. I like Chango’s on Guadalupe. They serve only antibiotic and hormone free meat and are a little brother of Manuel’s. I like the Tijuana Nirvana sans cheese and dressing with grilled mahi mahi or grilled chicken. They have wonderful chicken soup and they make their corn tortillas if you caveat occasional corn tortillas fresh while you watch. It’s also next to Wheatsville-a plus.

  46. Jen Story says:

    It was great to meet you and the other girls last night. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on paleo approved fiber and protein supplements. I have a lap band and simply can not eat the volume of good foods to get all the fiber I need. I’ve been taking Benefiber but that has wheat dextrin in it. I’m looking for the protein powder to use in smoothies because lots of times I can hardly eat anything solid in the morning because that is when my band feels the tightest. Thanks for any advice

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