8.01.2013

Dining Out Paleo: Burger Barn

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.

I always love tagging alongside my hubby while he busts his hind-side working so that I can eat at new restaurants, take pictures of my food, and write about it to my loyal online readers and friends.  Last week we were in Bakersfield, California.  This week, I found myself in the bustling little town of Bishop at the north end of the Owens Valley, just outside of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  Most Angelenos have made Bishop a mandatory pit stop on their way to Mammoth Mountain or Reno, Nevada.  My hubby has made it a destination for drilling holes in the ground and giving surrounding area residents access to their groundwater.

We made this particular visit a family mini-vacation and tossed the pups in the truck and headed north.  Volt was a little reluctant to give up his seat.


While Matt was out diligently getting his jeans and boots sufficiently layered in mud, Miss Ellie and Volt were partaking in the vast play area at the Bishop Dog Park.  Actually, they overheated just walking over and spent most of the time lounging in the shade.  And the pool.



When play time was over, for both the dogs and my big kid husband, it was time for lunch!  I resorted to my usual Yelp search incorporating some variation of the terms "Grass fed", "Locavore", and "Organic".  These search terms have a knack for turning out Dining Out Paleo gold.

Bishop Burger Barn was a clear winner for finding a meal made with local flavors.  Bishop Burger Barn is a few miles off of the main stretch of 395 in a quiet and secluded residential area.  It is set in what looks like another home in the neighborhood with quaint outdoor picnic tables and few covered patio sections with open seating.



Bishop Burger Barn serves dishes that are homemade from local, organically grown produce and meats.  The bacon is from nearby Bishop business Mahogany Smoked Meats.  The ice cream is also homemade and is used in their shakes and malts, without any added fake and not-good-for-you ingredients.  The owners and staff are passionate about supporting their community and running a sustainable and environmentally conscious business.  What a beautiful example of "locavore" dining!



I ordered a Double Cheeseburger and a side salad with the homemade balsamic vinaigrette.  When our food was ready, I had no idea how beautiful and well arranged it was going to be based on the rustic outdoor setting of the restaurant.   


Obviously the Paleo picture does not include bun - it is easily plucked off.  I have two dogs that love to hover by the table waiting for the bits and pieces I don't like to eat.


The salad was amazing.  Being called "side salad" hardly gives this little accompanying masterpiece any justice.  The greens mix was fresh and crisp and full of flavor.  Bright fresh strips of carrots and peppers.  The homemade vinaigrette was also incredibly flavorful and I was tempted to lick the cup once my salad was complete.  I didn't.  Neither did my furry dining companions.  I couldn't resist trying the fresh-squeezed lemonade and it was well worth the sugar shot... in fact, it wasn't too sweet at all and was a delicious mouthful of fresh lemony drink, pulp and all!  It was fantastically refreshing and I loved it.


Matt, the pups, and I enjoyed our leisurely local lunch taking in the peace, quiet, and fresh air of the valley.  I was so thrilled to discover the Bishop Burger Barn and know that what I am putting in my body is made with a lot of care and healthy local ingredients.  Next time I am passing through Bishop, I will skip right past that tourist trap bakery on the main stretch and steer my car off the beaten path and head straight for a burger and salad!





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