Surprise, surprise: there’s no shortage of healthy food in Los Angeles. From Beyond Meat setting up shop in El Segundo to Sqirl Kitchen and their perpetually sold-out jam, it feels like there’s almost always something new and trending hitting our feeds straight out of LA.
With all these other fancy food trends to keep up with, one meal plan has seemed to slip off the radar in popularity, but not entirely in nutritional value: the Paleo diet. Otherwise known as the Caveman or Stone Age diet, the Paleo meal plan made a splash in 2014, but has been waning ever since (probably due to the oodles of other meal plans that keep making headlines…)
But, you shouldn’t sleep on Paleo—the meal plan has its perks. It emphasizes eating naturally (like our prehistoric ancestors did), skipping processed sugars and grains, and opting for high-protein meats, fruits and veggies. It can also potentially help with inflammation.
Can’t remember everything there is to know about Paleo? Let an expert refresh your memory…
Our favorite Paleo restaurants in Los Angeles:
1. Amara Kitchen
Breakfast lovers, rejoice! This comfy little cafe in Highland Park serves breakfast all day long, offering “alternative takes on classic dishes, reinterpreting menus for all types of eaters from gluten free to vegan and Paleo.” If you’re looking for something sweet, check out the Paleo pancakes, which are totally grain-free and served with fresh fruit, whipped maple butter, and pistachios.
519 North Ave 64, Los Angeles, 90042, 323-255-2220, amarakitchen.com
Hungry after a few hours at the Santa Monica pier? Fuel up with a bite at Kye’s, a healthy to-go eatery with a stacked Paleo menu. Be sure to grab one of their famous KyeRitos, which are made-to-order handheld bowls and salads wrapped in either Nori seaweed or romaine lettuce. They also offer boba (bubble tea, for the uninitiated) and herbal water.
1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310- 395-5937, kyesmontana.com
3. The Source Cafe
Out of all the Paleo restaurants in the Los Angeles area, The Source Cafe in Hermosa Beach cannot be matched for menu and IG-friendly vibes. Everything on their menu is organic and locally sourced, “created with the intention to nourish and heal your mind, body and soul.” Try the delicious Paleo Chicken Panini or the Curry Egg Salad Toast, both served on savory house flax bread.
509 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, 310-318-1600, thesourcecafe.com
When it comes to Paleo-friendly dishes, Granville’s menu is certainly adaptable. The casual dining restaurant has five locations across Los Angeles, all with an upscale feel but reasonable prices and menus that are mostly organic, sustainable and ethically sourced. If you’re sticking to the Stone Age diet, try the Branzino, which is pan-seared and comes with beets and grilled asparagus.
8701 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-522-5161, granvillecafe.com
Sometimes, you need to just treat yo’self. If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend date night or celebrate a special occasion, head to Jar. The steakhouse is owned by acclaimed Chef Suzanne Tracht and serves mouth-watering plates cavemen would beg for. From its broils and sautés menu, you can pick your protein (from king salmon to skirt steak), top it with a sauce of your choosing (like green peppercorn or lemon caperberry relish), and then add a side (such as Brussels sprouts or sautéed pea tendrils).
8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-6566, thejar.com
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