So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It: 10 Paleo-Friendly Restaurant Menus in Houston

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The Birdie Galore at Cafe TH: roasted chicken over all the vegetables you could ever want.
It's reader request time around here, and this week's reader request was for a list of paleo-friendly restaurants around Houston. (See, you do love our lists. Yes you do.)

Although I don't adhere to the paleo diet, many of my good friends do. Here's an explanation of the nutritional regimen in a nutshell, for the uninitiated: The paleo (short for "paleolithic") diet encourages the consumption of foods which advocates claim were abundant in the diets of paleolithic-era peoples. Fish, seafood, grass-fed meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, mushrooms (and other fungi), roots, seeds and nuts are all fair game. It discourages consumption of foods that cavemen wouldn't have had access to: gluten of any kind, grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, processed oils and basically any and all processed foods.

To go into all the pros and cons of eating a paleo diet would take all day. Suffice it to say the diet has its proponents and its detractors. Neither I nor Eating...Our Words are advocating any kind of diet except the kind of diet where you're doing the healthiest things you can for your body. If paleo is that diet for you, here's a list of places that make it easy to stick to your clubs. (Cavemen didn't have guns.)

Corner Table

It's on the pricey end -- and you may have qualms about the whole Bruce Molzan angle -- but the new restaurant offers a rather large paleo section on Molzan's menu that's been getting rave reviews from everyone I know who's tried it. Look for dishes such as Paleo Paella with grated cauliflower rice, housemade chorizo, organic chicken, crispy salmon, shrimp and mussels cooked down with saffron, tomatoes, coconut milk, coconut oil and jalapeños, or a Turkey Bolognese with spaghetti squash noodles, tomato sauce with ground turkey, fresh herbs, basil, EVOO, shaved Parmesan and grilled asparagus. If you're super strict, just ask them to leave the Parm off.

Roots Bistro

Much of the menu at Roots Bistro is naturally paleo-friendly, as it focuses on raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes with a modern, upscale twist. There's still plenty of meat to be found, though. Try appetizers such as smoked mushrooms or sauteed Jerusalem artichokes with beet puree and pesto, or entrees such as roasted chicken with market-fresh vegetables and a pesto made with kale and sunflower seeds.

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Wild game is plentiful at Sammy's.
Sammy's Wild Game Grill

The paleo diet strongly encourages consumption of wild game, which is naturally very high in protein and which contains higher levels of omega-3 fats than domesticated meat sources. While Sammy's does offer plenty of wild game burgers and hot dogs, the real appeal here for paleo adherents is its salad section: You can get nearly any animal on a salad here. Llama, elk, antelope, venison, buffalo, kangaroo, ostrich -- anything goes.

Cafe TH

As with Corner Table, chef and owner Minh Nguyen has devoted a large section of Cafe TH's menu to a paleo section, which Nguyen calls "Fan Specials." A logo next to many of the items indicates that they have been "Washington Gym-approved," referring to a gym that's a favorite of many paleo adherents in Houston, which makes choosing a dish even easier. You can also add extra meat to any of the dishes, like the "Squamicelli," which replaces noodles with spaghetti squash for a delicious paleo version of bun (your choice of chargrilled pork, chicken or beef).

Georgia's Farm to Market

Not only does the grocery side of Georgia's (both downtown and in Memorial) carry an abundant selection of paleo-approved grass-fed meats, the buffet at both locations features a great daily selection of paleo-friendly food for very little dough.

Location Info

Corner Table

2736 Virginia St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Roots Bistro - CLOSED

507 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

3715 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe TH

2108 Pease St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Snap Kitchen

3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Georgia's Market Memorial Village

9201 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ruggles Green

15903 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dadami

1927 N. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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11 comments
wrightpatriot
wrightpatriot

The paleo diet sounds like a cool diet, but I follow the common sense diet.  We know what is bad for us (processed foods, red meat, high fructose corn syrup, artificial anything, preservatives, sugar, sodas, etc...) and we know what is good for us (nuts, whole grains, fresh fruit/vegetables, fish, turkey/chicken if you have to have meat, etc.., and lots of water!), so why do we have to prescribe to so many different diets?  Instead of reading all the information about different diets and why it's better than other diets, just read about why antioxidants and omega-3 fats are so beneficial and what foods have them.  Learn why processed foods are causing an epidemic of health concerns and read the ingredients of food products instead of the nutrition bar.  Think about it, if you are only buying food that is fresh, natural, and not processed, chances are it is low in calories, fats (bad), and sodium!  

WestsideJoe
WestsideJoe

Tried the Paleo diet a few years ago but it elevated my cholesterol and blood sugar to such a high level that the MD wanted to put me on medication.  Now following plant-based diet (aka vegan) and everything back to normal. 

tmorey
tmorey

I think a few places should be added to this list.  Elevation Burger http://www.elevationburger.com/EB.php on Kirby.  They have burgers wrapped in lettuce and french fries in olive oil. The Counter http://www.thecounterburger.com/HoustonTX/ is my go to paleo place because you can customize your whole order, and they have sweet potato fries that aren't dusted with flour. Jenni's Noodle House http://www.noodlesrule.com/ will substitute sauteed vegetables for noodles or rice for free.

Aaron Stephens
Aaron Stephens

the place on page one says I can have kangaroo or llama on a salad... that's two animals I have not yet eaten

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Cafe TH, always a winning choice!

carriebwc
carriebwc

Was really disappointed with the (non-paleo) food at Corner Table.  Maybe the paleo stuff is better.  Or at least comes out of the kitchen hot and doesn't taste like it fell off the back of a Sysco truck.

Felicia Bryan
Felicia Bryan

ooooh!!!! Thanks!! So far, I love Corner table. You should try it out. Yummmm!!!

mern721
mern721

Ooh, I always got the Ironman Jay at TH, I'm glad there are a few more selections! Way to go Minh!

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