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.
I'm so lucky to have a husband that can meet me for lunch. I love the days he's working in town and can get away from his desk to get together over some delicious chow.
The more I go to BeX Bar & Grill on The BLVD in Lancaster, the more I seem to enjoy it. It may have taken a few years, but the kinks that once prickled the hairs on the back of my neck seem to have been worked out. And this particular day happened to be my favorite visit of them all.
Matt and I were seated adjacent to an entire table of Los Angeles County law enforcement officers, which made me laugh; mostly because I felt like Matt was going to get a ticket for being seated on the wrong side of the table or something along those lines. Matt didn't find their presence as humorous as I did, noting the entitled parking job which had taken place just outside.
Once I was sure my car, my husband, and I weren't going to be hauled off, I set my focus on selecting my lunch. I have mentioned before that BeX is probably the best place in Lancaster for a Paleo lunch and they only reassured me of that fact during this particular meal.
I decided on the BexBQ Combo, choosing the BeX Tri Tip and the Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken for my two items and the roasted vegetables for my side dish selection.
I was in no way prepared for the mouth-watering marvelousness that was set down in front of me. I have had the tri tip before and it is moist, tasty, and pefectly cooked to medium rare. This lunch was no exception. I'm not a fan of chicken, but felt I needed to expand my BeX horizons and found a new favorite in the process. The Lemon-Herb Roasted chicken ignited my taste buds. How could chicken possibly be this flavorful?? Tender, juicy, and full of bright fresh citrus flavor, these few pieces of chicken could almost turn me into a chicken eating convert. Almost. I even had leftovers which I shredded into a nice bowl of kale salad the next day for lunch.
The roasted vegetables on the side were a little soft for my taste. But I was happy that they weren't cheesy or gooey or slathered in some type of sauce. They were just herbed roasted veggies. I prefer the grilled vegetable platter for a hearty serving of healthy eats and will probably stick to the steamed broccoli as a side order from now on.
Long after the food was gone and Matt and I were crunching on our last few ice cubes, we were still deeply engaged in conversation. The large comfy booths and vast industrial space always make this a great spot for hubby-wife lunchtime meetings.