Apps For Dinner

Last evening Bea and I broke out the bikes and headed downtown for some appetizers at McCormick & Schmick's, then over a block to see a film. In all, pretty damn paleo. All of these can be clicked for the full size versions.

Three grilled lamb chops, rare. The drizzle and the cup are greek live oil with some sort of leaves in them, perhaps grape, and I thought I also tasted a bit of sage, maybe savory. Anyway, totally excellent, as good as any rack of lamb I've ever had.


Here's Bea's shrimp cocktail.


Then I had a sashimi & sushi plate. The rice was easy to deal with, 'cause if you'll notice, the nori wraps around the fish and cucumber, so I just tore it off right there and left the rice.


The bread went easily untouched. I'd have used the butter on the lamb chops, but the olive oil was the bomb.


So, some restaurants are easier for paleo eaters by eating a-la-carte from the appetizer menu. Other choices on the menu that would have fit paleo were steamed mussels in a white wine broth, oysters on the half shell, and butter and garlic drenched clams.

Looks like I have something left for a another visit. At 5-minutes away by bicycle and no parking issues, it's a wonder I don't go there more often. Then again, there's about 2 dozen restaurants that meet the same criteria. I love living urban.

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  1. Aaron Blaisdell on June 10, 2009 at 12:19

    I've found eating paleo (or lacto-paleo/primal in my case) to be quite easy at most restaurants. As you did, I chuck the bread, ditch the grains, but order nice meat or sea food appetizers (or cheese plate) followed by the same for the entree. A couple of weeks ago I had a delicious pork belly appetizer followed by roast lamb at Cafe Del Rey in Marina Del Rey. It's about a 15 min drive from my house. Downtown Culver City (where I live) has some excellent options, too. The pulled pork at Gyenari is awesome (and they have Chimey White, a delicious Belgian Trappist ale on tap as the perfect accompaniment) and Rush Street right next door has some yummy items on their menu (haven't eaten there yet).

  2. minneapolis J on June 10, 2009 at 13:38

    atta boy Richard, way to lay off the bread.

  3. minneapolis J on June 10, 2009 at 13:38

    and rice

  4. Monica on June 10, 2009 at 11:38

    Looks awesome, Richard! Wish I still lived in a city (but then, I'd be spending too much on food if I did and would not have developed any cooking skills!). We have to drive 40 minutes to get to a decent restaurant. blah.

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