Paleo Plates For Caveman Cravings

Carrie Bell
Ceviche from El Michoacano Restaurant

The Paleolithic diet is sometimes referred to as the caveman or whole-food diet as the basic philosophy is: if it walks, swims, or grows, it’s ok to eat. Paleo peeps seek out minimally prepared sustenance made with lean proteins, fresh produce, nuts, and seeds, eschewing grains, processed foods, legumes, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and dairy products. When you want to eat like your hunter-gatherer ancestors without all that pesky hunting or gathering (or even cooking), let these DoorDash partners put paleo diet-friendly food on your plates.

Rio Acai Bowls

This downtown shop is whipping up an un-bowl-ievably yummy take on Brazilian street food as well as smoothies and poke bowls. 

The Paleo 

An açai berry base is loaded with antioxidants, and the bowl’s toppings—flaxseed, banana, coconut, and almond butter—are all on the OK-to-eat list. A pitaya bowl, which uses dragon fruit as the base, is also available (lose the granola to make it paleo).

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Hulk Juice

It’s easy being green when you order this kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, coconut water, pineapple, and lemon drink.

El Michoacano Restaurant

Mexican restaurants can be a minefield for paleo patrons, but skipping chips and requesting smart substitutions can unlock a whole new world of dining.

Ceviche De Pescado o Camaron

The shrimp or fish is “cooked” with lime juice. It comes with lots of raw veggies like tomatoes and cucumber slices.

Coctel Mixto

A shrimp, oyster, and abalone cocktail served with tomato, onion, cilantro, avocado, and cucumber.

Ensaladas de Fajita de Res

A steak fajita salad with bell peppers and onions is a perfect paleo lunch; request oil and vinegar on the side as dressing.

Mad Duck Craft Brewing

The brewpub’s Cuban-style skirt steak and burgers (ditch the bun) are worth quacking about.

Mojo Skirt Steak

Beef marinated in mojo, a Cuban jus made of citrus, garlic, cumin, onions, oregano, cilantro, and chiles, and topped with chipotle-lime compound butter (skip if dairy is not part of your personal plan). Ask for double the helpin’ of seasonal vegetables instead of potatoes.

Beet Salad

Add grilled chicken breast, spicy shrimp, bacon, or grilled salmon for an extra pop of protein.

GGs Food Factory

Take pride in enjoying some of the freshest Meditteranean foods at GGs Food Factory.


Pick a protein from boneless beef, lamb, chicken breast, or pork; all come with grilled pepper, tomato, onion, and herbs. Skip the bread and grains, and request a salad instead.


The Lebanese salad, made with tomato, cucumber, green onion, lettuce, lemon juice, parsley, and olive oil, qualifies as paleo as long as you don’t partake in the pita chips.

The Annex Kitchen

This popular Italian-inspired bistro has some good options in the meat and salad sections if you’re craving something a little fancier than fast casual.

Butter Lettuces Salad

Bacon, avocado, walnuts, and onions tossed into a butter lettuce base; to make it paleo, request a dairy-free vinaigrette.

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Sliced Hanger Steak

Prime beef cooked in the wood-burning hearth with an aged balsamic sauce. Choose a salad (kale, arugula, or simple mixed greens), or grilled broccolini as the side.

Sticky Rice

When your inner caveman craves Asian flavors, look for rice-less dishes like the ones found at this place.

Larb Salad

This popular Northeast Thai and Lao salad can be made with beef, chicken, fish, or shrimp; to keep it strictly paleo, request that the rice powder (which adds crunch) be omitted.

Nam Thok Salad

Grilled, sliced beef tossed with green onions, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, red onion, fish sauce, and seasonings that rests on a bed of lettuce.

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