7.25.2013

Dining Out Paleo: Moo Creamery

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.

Kern County, California.  A metropolis of oil production and agriculture.  Home to a tax rate more desirable than that of LA County and one of the top ten largest cities in the state - BakersfieldMatt's company does quite a bit of work in the area and he's always traveling up there to pick up industry related parts, drop off parts, make sales calls, and even get my wedding ring cleaned at our favorite jewelery store.

Matt had a sales call a few weeks ago, meeting with a gentleman at his home surrounded by farm land and orchards.  He needed a water well.  And I needed an excuse to get out of the house, so I towed along for the ride.  When Matt was done selling the gentleman on the benefits of direct rotary drilling and assessing the area for workability, it was time to hunt down lunch.

The decision was made immediately with no discussion required.  Moo Creamery.  This unique little spot is tucked deep inside of a commercial/industrial complex and requires a bit of navigating through back streets.  All the more time for my rumbly tummy to appreciate the meal that was forthcoming.  The simple facade outside of Moo is no indication of what to expect once inside... a bustling diner/soda shop atmosphere with the tantalizing smells of burgers and ice cream permeating the air.  What I love about Moo Creamery is the menu diversity and the possibility of enjoying an upscale (Paleo, if I want) meal while my dining partner may choose to chow down on a deli sandwich and an ice cream sundae.


Moo Creamery has partnered with local farmers to source their ingredients and whenever possible, uses ingredients that are local and in-season.  Sauces, seasonings, toppings, brioche buns, ice cream, and desserts are all made from scratch.  And if you're up for a heck of a cheat meal, this is the place to do it.  Just a few of the ice cream flavors that appear on the menu board:  Guinness Stout, Bacon Love, Lemon-Ginger, and Malted Butterscotch Brownie. 

But since this particular lunch date was a day for clean-eats, I scoured the menu up and down, across all the amazing lunch options before coming to a final decision.  The menu has an assortment of salads and burgers and the cool part is that any of Moo Creamery's burgers can forgo the brioche and come out lettuce wrapped or prepared "salad style."  When they say "salad style", they don't mean a few shreds of bagged iceberg and cabbage.  The burgers are served on a legit bowl heaping with leaves of fresh romaine and greens.



I have been on an ever growing quest to increase my protein intake and I happened across the most perfect burger selection:  The 24-Hour Burger.  Sharp cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, moo sauce and a sunny-side up egg.  Lop all of the above into a massive bowl of salad greens and I was in pure protein heaven!


The hamburger was tender and moist.  The egg was a perfect creamy consistency which was a beautiful balance against the salty crunch of the bacon.  Light fresh greens and bold burger flavors made this a perfect Paleo lunch while supporting a small local business and in turn local growers. 

Tasty salty pig parts??  Yes, please!  My kind of place!


When lunch was over, I drooled over the ice cream and sorbet options and the multitude of soda fountain ways I could have consumed each and every flavor... except maybe JalapeƱo.  Matt and I decided that we'll come back on a day when we feel like throwing all caution to the wind.  I will sport my biggest pair of Lululemons and we will order Richard's Ultimate Gravy Fries followed up with a big Bacon Sundae.  No shame in this girl's game!


I love Moo Creamery.  In fact, it's one of my favorite places to eat in all of Southern California and not just Kern County.  There is a lot of heart in the food and it clearly shows.  And the best part is I can land anywhere on the Paleo spectrum... from very very good... to total Faileo and not many restaurants offer that option.  Now I have to keep my fingers crossed that some of those local farmers need more water wells so Matt has even more reason to toss me in the truck for a mini-roadie out of the Antelope Valley.  I'm coming, Moo!  Save me some 'scream!



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