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A lot of people ask me if I am ever able to go out to eat because I am following the Paleo diet. The fact is I eat out quite regularly. While I will admit that I didn’t eat out very often when I first started paleo, I think it is quite easy to eat out once you have a good handle on what works for you. It also helps to know where to eat, and since the words “Paleo friendly” have yet to make it onto menus, I decided to put together a list of five restaurants in the Reno area that are favorites of mine, and the coaches at CrossFit Sparks Elite. These restaurants are in no particular order, and span all price ranges. While almost all restaurants will have one or two items at are Paleo friendly, a salad for example, these restaurants have multiple menu items that are Paleo and are very accommodating.

Outback Steakhouse: Everyone loves steak! The great thing about Outback is the variety of menu options that come with sides you choose. Whether you’re looking for steamed vegetables, a salad, or a baked sweet potato, you can get exactly what you are looking for. Another reason why Outback is on the list is because of the two convenient locations in the Reno area. Favorite menu items include: The Outback Special, a lean cut of sirloin steak, with a house salad and a sweet potato, without the honey butter and brown sugar.

Genghis Grill: A bowl full of your favorite meats and vegetables. Nothing more. Nothing less. The reason Genghis Grill is on the list is because you get to decide all the ingredients in your meal. Each meal does come with your choice of “starch” to go along with your creation, but a simple reply of “no starch” when asked by the chef when you hand over your ingredients keeps your meal Paleo and your diet on track. With two locations, in Sparks and south Reno, Genghis is a great option wherever you are in the Reno area.

Fuego: Whether it’s the Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops, the Charbroiled Tiger Prawns, Skewers al Fuego, Pork Medallions, the Baseball Cut Top Sirloin, or the Chorizo Cataluna, Fuego has an enormous variety of Paleo friendly options. With the ability to combine any three tapas, giving you a discount off the total bill, it’s easy to get plenty of what you want without having to deal with what you don’t. Feugo is a must for a romantic date night, or even a casual dinner with friends.

Eclipse Pizza: I know what you’re thinking. What could a pizza place possibly have to offer someone who is Paleo? Well, that answer is simple! Paleo Pizza! Besides tasty salads, Eclipse Pizza has a menu item made with us in mind! Starting off with a “crust” made of pepperoni, then made with the ingredients on their other pizzas on the menu, or made your way with only the ingredients you want, the Paleo Pizza is definitely very popular with my Paleo friends.

Midtown Eats: Voted into the top three of at least five different categories in the 2013 Reno News and Review’s “Best of Northern Nevada,” Midtown eats is an amazing restaurant regardless of whether or not you’re Paleo. Offering grass-fed beef, menu items from local farms, and a menu that changes every few months, Midtown Eats will never disappoint! Pork Osso Buco, served with celery root, pearl onion, and pancetta, and Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly, served with a beet puree, frisee, and Asian pear, are two amazing dishes that are currently featured on their menu. Midtown Eats should definitely be on your list of Paleo friendly restaurants.

As you can see, there are Paleo friendly restaurants in Reno. Now it’s your turn! Share your thoughts on these restaurants and any of your favorite Paleo friendly Restaurants in Reno by leaving me a comment.