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
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
This was one of the first places to actually offer lettuce-wrapped burgers right on the menu, and they do it well – using a cut stack of iceberg on each side so it’s easy to pick up and eat. (They also offer a gluten free bun choice.) Otherwise, not much to attract paleo customers unless you have wiggle room on gluten, which most do not. They do offer sweet potato fries, but they’re cooked in a shared fryer. Watch out for possible gluten in the grill seasoning. Salads would be another option.
2440 East Springs Drive, Madison
6522 Monona Drive, Monona
Chain offers full menu of appetizers, entrees, salads, burgers, sandwiches , etc. and full bar. Some dishes can be tweaked to paleo or close. For example, try a steak or grilled salmon and replace rice/potatoes with garden salad. Available sides and extras include steamed broccoli, seared shrimp, avocado slices, and bacon. Salads and bunless burgers too.
4344 E. Towne Blvd, Madison
7301 Mineral Point Road, Madison
I like the salmon salad, though I think it could use a little more of the (very tasty) salmon. If you avoid beer (wheat) be aware they put it many of their dishes. Team Trivia location.
120 East Wilson Street, Madison
Good food, but as with most Mexican places, eating paleo takes some effort here. The vast majority of dishes feature some combination of tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, and sauces which could contain anything. There are some salads (remember to omit cheese and croutons), steaks (watch out for sauces) and a few specialty dishes (Jarocha and Cancun Special are tasty) that might pass if you skip the rice (and sometimes cheese/sour cream. They do make a good tequila & soda, and one guy even knew about the Norcal Margarita. I’d be happy to eat there much more often if they put a simple meat & veggies dish on the menu with no grains/dairy/beans/gluten.
142 Market Street, DeForest
We’ve been there several times and I can’t recommend at this time. Pretty much everything on the menu involves bread/grains of some kind. I ordered the grilled chicken salad without croutons. Each time it came with croutons anyway, except once it came with a dinner roll instead! Paleo customers should (and celiacs must) go elsewhere.
300 E. Holum Street, Deforest
Best paleo options are the simple steaks. I usually get the New York Strip with double broccoli instead of the usual sides. Some other dishes are possibilities with minor adjustments. This is, however, one of those places that can’t/won’t offer any assurances about gluten. If not concerned about dairy or trace gluten, there are a number of interesting primal-friendly dishes with minimal junk in them. Preparation of food is generally better than you’d expect.
660 S. Whitney Way, Madison
Despite the name, much more than oysters: seafood, steaks, roast duck with parsnip mash, vegetable sides, seaweed slaw…
120 E. Wilson Street, Madison
Quality, mostly locally-sourced food; nice atmosphere. Cured meats cutting board and wild salmon with beluga lentils & kale may not have been the most paleo choice (lentils, butter) but close enough for some definitions, and delicious.
121 S. Pinckney St., Madison