Burgers that bare all

BareBurger

Location – NY, CT, NJ, PA, OH and coming soon to CA
Type of Establishment – Burger Restaurant
Serving – Lunch and Dinner
Level of Paleo – Paleo-catered
Price – ££

Spoiled by the choices of burger chains in the UK serving options adapted to Paleo, we were pleased to find BareBurger as a suitable stateside version. They pride themselves on serving free-range, pastured raised meats that are hormone, antibiotic and gluten free. A fantastic start. Add to that the choice of beef, chicken, duck, wild boar, bison and elk, and you’re onto a winner. With some careful selections and sensible omissions, this is the ideal place to eat with a group of people with differing requirements. Opt to construct your own burger, and you can choose your meat, add cheese if you want to, wrap it in a collard green, add veggies and spreads (all gf) and choose from a vast array of gluten free sides if you wish. They do have a disclaimer stating gluten free products may be fried in the same oil, but I have it on good authority from a New Yorker that depending on the individual location they may fry separately at their discretion. If in doubt, avoid the fried foods. This is easy to do due to the abundance of combinations, and the menu stating their organic products is a god-send for making informed choices. The addition of extras and sides obviously inflates the price, but again remember its dollars not pounds. I have a feeling we’ll be going again before we leave!

Update: We went again yesterday, to a different location in the Wall Street area, which was a much more casual affair, with no menus (you just chose from the wall and ordered at the counter) and there was additional items to add on compared to the other place. Seems like each location does its own thing, which is cool.

Grain-Free Grazing Goes Global

Disclaimer – Apologies for the poor quality photos

Hu Kitchen

Location – Manhattan, NYC
Type of Establishment – Deli/Cafe
Serving – Breakfast/Lunch/Everything in Between
Level of Paleo – Predominantly Paleo
Price – ££

So. We made it to NYC without a gluten attack from aeroplane food, or dying of hunger, due to careful snack planning. I used to look forward to holidays in America that were beer-centric. I was a huge beer fanatic, and the US blew the UK away in craft beer and micro-brew. Then psoriasis happened. And I grew up. Throughout the planning of this city hopping trip, food has been at the forefront, for where better to get Paleo products than the land of the free-range? And Hu Kitchen was top of the list from the get go. To say I was overwhelmed may be an understatement. From a liquid bar serving on tap kombucha and paleo banana bread and blueberry muffins to go, to pre-prepared sugar free, dairy free, wheat free treats, to breakfast burritos made from almond flour, and organic eggs on grain free Paleo bread, I did not want to leave. The prices are reasonable for meals, but kinda pricey for snacks, although keep in mind they are in dollars so it isn’t as expensive as it first seems when you look at the menu. A Paleo haven if ever there was one. Anyone who’s anyone, Paleo or not, should give this place a visit on a trip to NYC. However, tread with caution – you may not want to eat anywhere else!

Wheat-free at Heathrow

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Leon

Location – Heathrow Terminal 3 (also Heathrow Terminal 2, and non-airport locations all over London)
Type of Establishment – Fast food outlet
Serving – Breakfast, lunch
Level of Paleo – Wheat-free, gluten-free
Price – £

Remember not that long ago when the combination of eating and air travel was a terrifying concept, and the only thing to do was to either load up on food before getting there, or compromising your food choices with less than perfect options? Well, while airline food is still miles off the mark for most of us, and nothing more than a packed lunch is the only possibility, (beware that they’ll confiscate jars of almond butter – I learned the hard way, spooning it into my mouth before they’d release my hand luggage) the airports have at least stepped up their game to cater for the food conscious traveller. Arriving at Heathrow Terminal 3 3.5 hours before our flight, and desperately seeking breakfast that wouldn’t see us consume our packed plane food before even boarding, we came across Leon. Although no stranger to this chain, we hadn’t been here for breakfast before, and as it was pre-11am, we had the choice of a poached egg pot or ‘magic’ porridge. Foregoing the latter, we chose the poached egg, gruyerre and ham hock pot with extra poached egg. For £2.95, you cannot grumble. Surely even the biggest advocate of the Egg McMuffin can’t turn their nose up at a pot of protein for under £3.