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Eating Paleo in Kingston September 24, 2014

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Eating out and being a good little Paleo “life-stylist” is not impossible. Here are a few rules to help you along the way.

Paleo Rules for Eating Out:
Avoid anything breaded, wrapped, or sandwiched in some way. Many sandwiches and burgers are plenty to eat without the added bread/bun. You don’t need it…really you don’t! Gluten free is not paleo either…nice try.

Sauces – Almost all foods come with some kind of sauce and unless everything is homemade (like mayo and ketchup etc) it isn’t considered Paleo. However, as a treat, we think you can let this slide as it is the lesser of the evils. If you are a truly religious, dairy free and sugar free Paleo eater, good for you, go sauceless!

Cheese – Mmmm cheese makes everything better but it is NOT Paleo. While some people can tolerate cheese, and other dairy, many can’t. If you can tolerate it, lucky you, you can enjoy a bun-less cheese burger. If you can’t, simply ask for your item without. Be careful also of “cream” sauces.

Deep fried – No, No, NO! Deep fried = Cancer, cancer everywhere! Even non-paleo eaters know this is bad news! Don’t give in. You are strong!

Dessert – So far no restaurants in Kingston are offering Paleo desserts…sorry but you will just have to make your own at home.

Below you will find Paleo friendly menu options from some of our favourite Kingston Restaurants.
This is not an extensive list of what’s available, just a teaser.

Dianne’s Fish Bar (195 Ontario Street)
Located just steps from the waterfront, a classic East Coast kitchen meets the flavours of Baja Mexico! Dianne’s has a lot to offer the Paleo eater from mussels, oysters, crab, lobsters and even chicken and steak. Just avoid anything breaded, taco’d or sandwiched.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Tequila Shrimp – Sautéed jumbo shrimp with garlic and citrus juices.

Ceviche – Vallarta – Pacific cod, avocado, red onion, cucumber, green olives, jalapeno,
clamato and lemon.
– North Atlantic Sea Scallop Aguachile – Orange, lemon and lime juices, mango, jalapeno, sweet drop peppers, red onion, avocado and toasted coconut.

Surf and Turf – Grilled 10oz. Chile Rubbed AAA Strip Steak with your choice of blackened jumbo shrimp or spicy roasted ½ NS lobster.

Harper’s Burger Bar (93 Princess Street)
Featuring ‘flat top seared’ burgers handcrafted from fresh ‘AAA’ local beef from ‘Enright Cattle Co.’, raised using sustainable methods, on pasture. This is a paleo meat lovers Paradise! Pasture raised meats and no bun options with endless variety of toppings….yummm. “Patty” options are; beef, turkey, chicken, salmon and lamb. Ask for no cheese if you are unable to tolerate dairy or know it’s best to avoid it.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Lettuce Wrapped Bull’s Eye Beef Burger – Monterey Jack, local fried farm egg and bacon, jalapeno, with S.Carolina BBQ sauce.

Lettuce Wrapped La La Land Lamb Burger – Goat cheese, roasted red pepper, avocado spread and arugula pest mayo.

Lettuce Wrapped Greek Chicken Burger – Feta, sautéed spinach, green olives and sundried tomato pesto.

The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
Well this restaurant is an easy pick for Paleo eaters. Meat, meat and more meat!
Menu features tender, juicy steaks, slow roasted prime rib, succulent shellfish and the freshest of salads.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Escargots – Stuffed mushroom caps with garlic and herbs

Filet Classic – Wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, served with salad and sautéed mushrooms.

Sirloin Oscar – Grilled top sirloin topped with shrimp, scallops, asparagus and béarnaise sauce.

BBQ Chicken and Ribs – Basted with Keg BBQ sauce

Woodenheads (192 Ontario Street)
While the classic Kingston restaurant is known for their gourmet pizza, the paleo lover can also find some amazing eats here as well so don’t be afraid, unless you are easily tempted by the pizza…
Favourite Paleo Options:
Satay Kai Tapa- Bamboo skewered Thai marinated chicken with coconut cashew lime & Thai cucumber sauces

Mixed Mushroom Salad – Grilled smoked oyster mushrooms, marinated button and fresh portabello mushrooms served on mixed greens in balsamic vinaigrette, topped with feta cheese

Mandarin Mixed Nut Salad – mixed nuts & fruits with baby oranges on fresh greens with mandarin vinaigrette

Verdure Arrostite – Wood fired roasted mixed vegetables on baby spinach with port balsamic reduction & goat’s cheese

Red House (369 King Street East)
The Red house is unique restaurant that will not let you down with its casual yet sophisticated atmosphere. They have unique menu options using only the best local ingredients. For a night out with friends you can find great munchie options along with gluten free beer (as an occasional treat) and a fantastic wine list.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Arugula Salad – pear, roasted walnuts, chevre, vincotto

Smoked Almonds – Made in house

Roasted Olives – citrus, chili, herbs

Braised Short Rib Arancini – chipotle aioli, marinara

Roast Chicken with spinach and orzo salad, tomato concasse, fresh basil

Local Trout with spinach, lemon, sauce vierge

Hwa-Ki (269 Princess Street)
Hwa-Ki is a Korean and Japanese restaurant with great decor and delicious paleo friendly options which are hard to find in the world of rice and noodles but you can stay Paleo and enjoy authentic Asian flavours. There are a lot of Paleo options here, just ask them to hold the rice or noodles where applicable.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Seaweed Salad – No it does not taste fishy and is great source of Iodine.

Sashimi – Fresh, raw and thinly sliced fish (salmon, tuna, snapper and shrimp)

Korean Hot Pot – choice of beef, lamb, chicken or vegetable with mixed veggies in an anchovy based broth. This is a do it yourself soup which you cook right in front of you on the table, so much fun!
(Skip the noodles)

Golden Damrei (850 Gardiners Rd)
The Golden Damrei hosts a combination of Cambodian and Thai cuisine. The flavours and quality you will experience here are the best in Kingston! Again it is hard to enjoy this style of food without being tempted to eat the rice. Just say no to the rice and add on some extras like sweet potatoes or veggie mix.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Sweet Potato Soup (spicy) – A thick red curry broth with green beans, eggplant and sweet potatoes

Zesty Coconut Soup – A rich creamy broth with basil, lily-sprouts, abalone mushrooms, & freshly squeezed lemon

Steve’s Number Six – Spicy golden curry with extra chicken, mixed vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, green beans), button mushrooms, & freshly chopped ginger.

Ginger Beef – Beef, button mushrooms, & freshly chopped ginger in garlic oyster sauce. Garnished with spring onions. (Add the veggie mix!)

Kelsey’s (650 Gardiners Rd)
Before the movie at the theatre nearby you might want to stop at Kelsey’s for dinner. A wide variety of options on the menu means there is something for everyone to enjoy, even the well behaved Paleo eater.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps (starter) – Sautéed Korean chicken breast, green apple coleslaw, onions, celery, peppers, garlic and sambal with crisp Boston leaf lettuce.

Sonoma Salad – California Greens with red peppers, tomatoes, feta, raisins, seeds and nuts, with spicy honey citrus dressing topped with grilled chicken. (Comes with croutons so ask for it without)

The Big What Stuffed Burger (without the bun, who needs it?!) – Double stacked 4oz sirloin patties, double smoked bacon, goat cheese, caramelized onions, apple butter bbq sauce, crispy onions strings (say not to these!) and chipotle mayo.

The Loyal Oarsmen (1724 Bath Rd)
In the west end of Kingston you will find this traditional English pub with a warm atmosphere and hearty menu. They even serve breakfast which is usually the most important meal of the day for the Paleo eater who believes in a filling start to the day!
Favourite Paleo Options:
It’s Magic Jimmy – New York sirloin sandwich steak with scrambled egg, fried mushrooms and home fries (But you know you have to skip the home fries right?)

Grilled Chop Salad – Grilled chicken, steak and peameal bacon with shrimp over crisp greens, vegetables and cheeses.

Grilled Liver and Onions – Served with rashers of bacon and sautéed onions. Served with potato and vegetables. (May want to ask for an alternative to the potato if you’re truly following Paleo 100%)

The Pork Chop – A large, bone-in, pork loin, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Le Chien Noir Bistro (69 Brock Street)
Le Chien Noir features French bistro classics & modern ‘Farm to Table’ comfort food. All dishes are prepared using fresh, high quality, seasonal and whenever possible local ingredients. The food is ALWAY delicious here and there is lots to satisfy your Paleo cravings.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Baby Kale ‘Caesar’ – ‘Seed to sausage’ bacon, shaved ‘monteforte dairy’, egg mimosa and roasted garlic dressing. Add your choice of meat and make it a meal; Grilled marinated chicken,N.Y. striploin,
sea scallops, rare yellowfin tuna, fresh 1/2 N.S. lobster.

Fresh Oysters – Served on the Half Shell with different toppings – featuring east & west coast varieties

Duck Confit – potato, peas, leek, spinach, mustard vinaigrette

Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise – Bibb lettuce, ‘reinink’ organic egg, olives, radish, onion,
fingerlings, capers, herbs, red wine vinaigrette

Olivea (39 Brock Street)
Olivea is a family-run traditional Italian trattoria serving local foods with freshly made in store ingredients. While most Paleo people would steer clear of an Italian restaurant due to the undeniable pull of the pasta that will surround you, remember that Olivea also has delicious non-pasta options that you cannot miss.
Favourite Paleo Options:
Warm Roasted Olives – Appetizer

Mediterranean Seafood Salad – Chilled shrimp, scallops, mussels and squid lightly marinated with lemon, olive oil and parsley.

Tuscan Pork Belly with Rhubarb Mostarda – Slow roasted with fennel and rosemary and served with vegetables (Also served with beans but not Paleo!)

Tango Nuevo (331 King Street East)
Tango is all about Tapas which are small plates of food meant for sharing and bringing people together. The variety and quality here is perfect for the real foodie and even better for the Paleo eater. Always using local foods whenever in season and cooked with a creative flare that will have your taste buds dancing and asking for seconds, and thirds and fourths…
Favourite Paleo Options:
Tuna Taki – Rare, pan-seared tuna served with a spicy ponzu sauce & dressed, local mustard greens

Aceitunas – Mixed olives marinated in lemon, coriander, thyme & chilli

Asian Spare Ribs – Tender pork ribs with a ginger, soy, honey & anise glaze

Pan Seared Pickerel – Pickerel fillets with a spicy ponzu sauce, topped with arugula

Gambas Al Ajillo -Tender shrimp sautéed with garlic & white wine, served with grilled baguette (No, no baguette)

Mussels – In a shallot, garlic & white wine broth, with grilled baguette ( Just drink the broth, don’t use the baguette.)

And there you have it. There are always Paleo options you just have to look for them and be strong enough to say no to the side of bread, mounds of rice or tempting desserts.
When possible chose organic and local sustainable foods which are beneficial to you and your community and when you aren’t sure just stick the basic paleo principals: Eat Quality meats, veggies, fruits and healthy fats. Steer clear of grains, processed foods, vegetable oils and sugar. And, once and awhile cut yourself some slack. You are doing your best after all right?

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