A popular seafood/smokehouse destination with tasty food and, incidentally, good options for most paleo-ish diners. They don’t make claims about organic/wild/grass-fed/natural ingredients, and the gluten sensitive menu bears the usual caveats, but if you’re looking for an indulgence on a low-carb, paleo, or similar diet you’ll likely find something to delight. Review is based on Deforest location, but they’re also in Madison and Verona.
605 South Main Street, DeForest
6604 Mineral Point Rd, Madison
958 Liberty Dr
Paleo Mama Bakery produces and sells paleo-friendly treats like cupcakes, cheesecakes, dessert bars and cookies, as well as crackers, granolas, tortillas, pizza crusts, frozen pizzas, naan, and more. Some, like donuts and pop tarts, rotate daily. Decorated special-occasion cakes are available.
The space is mainly production in back, with a small retail store in front. Though there’s no seating, they offer wraps and hot Paleo Mama pizzas for carry-out. That bears repeating: Madison now has hot paleo pizza!
In addition, they stock selected items from local producers like Rude Brew Kombucha, Ona Foods, Cadence Cold Brew, RPs pasta, Yum Butter, Tabal Chocolate, and Supercharge Foods.
Ingredients are well-considered and top quality. Some items are technically primal due to dairy. Some options are keto-friendly.
Hours are Tuesday-Friday 9-4, and Saturday 9-1.
409 South Few Street, Madison
Surprisingly, Noodles and Company (“Noodles”) offers a variety of paleo and/or low carb options, including zoodles (zucchini noodles)! You can substitute them (or gluten-free pasta if preferred) in almost any dish. You can also add your choice of proteins – even shrimp. See menu for other options. The nutrition calculator on their website even has paleo and keto checkboxes. Delivery is available in many locations.
2812 Prairie Lakes Drive, Sun Prairie
4280 East Towne Boulevard Madison, WI 53704
232 State Street At Johnson Madison, WI 53703
6520 Monona Dr At Pier 37 Monona, WI 53716
3600 University Ave And Midvale Blvd Madison, WI 53705
1601 Deming Way Middleton, WI 53562
7050 Mineral Point Rd Madison, WI 53717
2981 Triverton Pike Dr. At McKee Rd Fitchburg, WI 53711
Located in front of their urban farm, Supercharge! offers a variety of organic juices, smoothies, and teas, as well as a limited selection of food items, nearly everything locally sourced. Among the selections are wraps made with Paleo Mama tortillas. Note: some review stars are estimated based on published menu, and subject to updating.
1902 E. Washington Ave., Madison
Surya Cafe is a vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurant which is also entirely gluten free. To the extent that they don’t serve meat, they are also surprisingly paleo friendly. They do offer duck eggs (provided by the chef’s personal ducks) and a choice of dairy or non-dairy yogurt. They’re very willing to alter recipes to accommodate a paleo diet. For example, swapping roasted veggies for beans in the sweet potato hash, or cashews for peanuts.
I haven’t had a chance to personally try their food yet, but menu options that appeal to me include the zucchini noodle alfredo (cashew sauce, cauliflower, portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus), hearty bowl (sweet potato hash, kale, avocado, cilantro-lime dressing, omit black beans), and duck egg quiche (spinach, sun-dried tomato, mushroom, served with mixed greens). In addition to entrees, they offer a variety of salads, snack platters, soups, smoothies, juices, coffee and tea. Sandwiches can be made as lettuce wraps or with dry roasted mushroom cap “buns.”
The cafe uses simple, pure ingredients, avoiding additives and processed foods, and utilizing local and organic produce when possible. Cooking fats are exclusively coconut oil and olive oil. Surya Cafe seems like an especially good option if you’re dining with a mixed paleo/vegan group.
5500 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg
Sadly, the Good Food – Low Carb Cafe and food carts are permanently closed. However, you can find some of their items at a growing list of retail stores, or order from https://www.christines-kitchens.com/s/order.
From a paleo perspective my expectations for an Italian restaurant are low, especially one that clearly specializes in pizza and pasta. Accordingly, I can’t really recommend Papino’s to fellow grain/dairy-free eaters. They do offer gluten-free pizza and pasta choices. While I found nothing fully paleo on the menu (opportunity calling, Papino’s!) I was quite happy with my Italian Salad (minus cheese & croutons) and side order of sausage. On-menu confirmation that the sausage and meatballs are gluten free (assuming they are) would be appreciated.
6601 Traveler Trail, Windsor
Considering that it’s basically a burrito place, Chipotle gets major props for trying to do things right! To start with, the web site lists paleo options by name. They use mostly simple, natural ingredients that you would expect, many of them natural and organic. Most locations offer grass-fed beef. They enforce minimum standards for animals and prominently disclose any exceptions. They cook mostly with rice bran oil and sunflower oil – not perfectly paleo, but in my opinion much better than the soy and canola found elsewhere. They’re very close to completely eliminating GMO ingredients too.
You can design your own naked burrito bowl (or salad), and unlike some competitors most of the options contain only the ingredients you’d expect. Meat choices include steak, chicken, carnitas, and barbacoa. See menu on web site for more details. Catering available. Some locations deliver.
4628 E Washington Ave, Madison
658 State St, Madison
4000 University Ave, Madison
8422 Old Sauk Rd, Middleton
Most menu items are based around corn or wheat tortillas and/or rice. You can order meat and veggie items as a bowl or a naked tortilla, but be aware that there are a lot of unexpected ingredients. For example, all the meats contain various combinations of cornstarch, corn syrup, whey, and/or soybean oil. The fajita vegetables contain soy oil. Therefore, essentially nothing is pure paleo, but you could check ingredient lists for personally acceptable cheats here.
Even most of the salsas contain cornstarch and/or gums. Pico de gallo is one clean exception. The guacamole should also be fine. Of course, there’s always a possibility of gluten cross-contamination.
4718 E Towne Blvd, Madison
548 State St, Madison
2 N Park St, Madison
101 W Broadway, Monona
6650 Mineral Point Rd, Madison
2741 University Ave, Madison
5401 Caddis Bend, Madison
They will do a naked or lettuce-wrapped burger on request. Choices include local grass-fed beef, and sometimes bison. Optional toppings include bacon, egg, and guacamole. Other sandwiches can be made gluten-free also. Steamed veggies available as a side. Most salads ok with omissions. Known as “the birthday bar.”
223 N. Frances Street, Madison
1021 N. Gammon Road, Middleton
315 E. Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie