Dining Out Paleo: Fresco II

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo 
Every Thursday I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to my Paleo lifestyle, opting for the freshest and most nutrient dense foods while avoiding grains, sugars, dairy, and soy to the best of my ability.  Unless informed otherwise, I always assume that the restaurant uses vegetable/canola oils for cooking.  

This particular day started with the dogs, Matt, and I joining the Antelope Valley masses as space shuttle Endeavour departed from Edwards Air Force Base on the back of a 747 and made its final tour around the skies of California.  


Apparently standing on one's roof offered a much closer view and the possible hope of high-fiving a pilot?

After the cheers and the waving of good-byes, Matt went off to work and the pups and I tended to things around the house... like getting ready for a lunch date with my mother-in-law at Fresco II in Palmdale.

Fresco II is a Mediterranean restaurant with a vast selection of vegetable and meat dishes from which to choose.  There are also plenty of pasta, pizza, and sandwich options for friends who may not necessarily subscribe to the same eating habits.  My mother-in-law and I were immediately seated at a comfortable table, brightly illuminated by the natural sunlight coming in from all the windows.  We made our way into the low table and easy chairs and casually scanned the menu for what we wanted to eat.

I sipped on my cucumber-infused water and ordered the Grilled Chicken and Avocado salad.   A nice mix of vegetables, protein, and fats:  baby greens, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, avocado, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and grilled chicken.

The salad was HUGE!  I love ordering salads and suggesting salads to Paleo friends because they are so easy to customize and tweak.  Lately I've been leaving the cheese on, but when I'm being more strict opt to 86 the cheese.  Unless it is a special goat cheese or feta, I have yet to come across a cheese that I absolutely can't live without. 

My mother-in-law ordered the Mediterranean Chopped salad: a mountain of lettuce, tomatoes, basil, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, onions, olives, pine nuts, mozzarella and feta cheeses, and chicken.  

Dressing is available on the side and even though my salad was tossed with it directly, it was light and just barely distinguishable.  I appreciate getting to the bottom of my plate and not seeing a small pooled collection of dressing and salad refuse.  My mother-in-law easily packed half of her salad to take home for lunch on Friday, though it could have probably been split AGAIN for Friday's lunch and a dinner side salad.  Prices are a little on the high side, but the meals are sizable enough to split or to take home for later eatin's.

The dinner menu is enticing and one I want to come back for... oven roasted chicken, lamb chops, or salmon and vegetables to name a few.  Plenty to choose from and all selections I would be thrilled to try.  So glad Fresco II is in the Antelope Valley, especially when I have to have the big salad.

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