I am sharing my Seattle dining out experiences with you because I want you to be encouraged that it is possible to stay Paleo and eat in restaurants. This month we tried some new places because my husband has been on a Paleo challenge at the gym. Truly giving up grains and legumes for the first time. He has been seeking out news places where we can eat and he is not tempted by his favorite dishes. It is a pretty good tactic for someone looking to clean up their diet. However, I have always been able to navigate away from the bread basket, the bun on the burger, and the dessert tray whenever we eat out.
I don’t want to officially review any of the restaurants below. You can eat Paleo at them, but they weren’t my favorite meals. This month we went to The Brooklyn, The Flying Fish, and BluAcre Seafood. At the Brooklyn, I had a salad to start and the duck two ways. They were able to make the duck gluten-free and it came with a juniper berry sauce. Do yourself a favor and do not eat the whole juniper berries on your plate. They taste like pieces of pine cone and left a terrible taste in my mouth. My husband had a salad and a steak. At the Flying Fish I ordered the blackened albacore and my husband had the salmon. With both dishes we had to request that they leave the rice off. I could not eat the albacore. Fortunately, my husband switched entrees with me. Our server didn’t even ask why we switched. At Blueacre, it took my husband three ordering attempts to find a dish that wasn’t already coated with flour. Apparently, they are precoating a lot of the fish and cannot make them gluten-free. He settled on the swordfish and I had the halibut. The halibut was an A plus with a beautiful sauce and hearty mushrooms.
We also visited an old standby in a new location, Restaurant Zoe. We sat at the bar and had a very attentive bartender who literally shuddered at the thought of not being able to eat grains. He happily made me a Sage Margarita without the presweetened lime juice. We indulged in the french fries with our celery root soups. It was finished with creme fraiche and crisp bits of apples. I had the pork tenderloin with brussel sprouts and pickled pumpkin. My husband had a bunless burger. The food was top notch and it is a fantastic new spot. This was a place we would go back and find it easy to stay Paleo.