Dining Out Paleo: The Apple Shed

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo
Thursdays I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to a whole foods diet, 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.

Breakfast.  Probably the easiest meal for dining out Paleo.  And breakfast is just an awesome meal all in it's own right.  The smell of bacon sizzling before getting out of bed in the morning.  Families coming together.  Starting the day.  There is just something special about breakfast.

Before Matt and I ventured off to Murray Family Farms a few weeks back to collect hoards of berries in our little wagon, we fueled up on a hearty Paleo breakfast at The Apple Shed in Tehachapi, California.  The Apple Shed reminds me of a small town Cracker Barrel, only a little more cozy, a lot less commercial roadside stop, and no peg game.

I scanned through the omelets, the egg options, and the available meats.  I decided with all the walking and picking we had ahead of us, I would fuel my fire for the day with two poached eggs and tri-tip.  I just have this thing for poached eggs on top of meat products.  I believe that at some point on this journey I have replaced eating a favorite comfort from my youth:  "dunky egg with a bagel" with "dunky egg with meat product." 

I nibbled on a few of the potatoes.  Curious about the potatoes?  Read more on whether or not to make potatoes part of your diet over at Mark's Daily Apple.  And more than likely, breakfast potatoes served at restaurants are cooked in oxidizing oils which places them in a special treat/every once in awhile category and not the breakfast norm.

I also added a side bowl of fruit.  Since I didn't see any available options for something leafy green and vegetabley, fruit made for a nice side instead.  Little did I know how much MORE fruit I would be consuming later that morning.

And this is pretty much how all my breakfasts at restaurants pan out.  Eggs, meats, fruits, and vegetables whenever possible.  No toast.  No pancakes.  Occasionally potatoes if the hankering arises.  Just a "dunky egg", a tasty slab of meat, and some great company with my berry harvesting hubby!

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