What is the best way to eat a paleo lunch while you’re at work? Obviously, bring it from home. But sometimes it’s nice to get out of the office for lunch. Or maybe you left lunch on the kitchen counter. Or ran out of leftovers too soon. Whatever, it happens. And it doesn’t have to mean a diet derailing Five Guys or Subway lunch. Here are some awesome paleo friendly lunches you can get in the downtown Boston area.
Several of Cosi’s salads are paleo or a few removals away from it. These include the Steakhouse Salad, Asian Salmon Salad (without edamame), and Signature Salad with chicken. All of these should, of course, be ordered without cheese and dressing. Really, you can order any of the salads as long as you ask for them without the beans, corn, cheese, and other non-paleo ingredients.
As a side note, some of these can have as few as 200 calories when you remove the cheese, dressing, and side of bread, so add your own nuts, avocado and a side of fruit if necessary.
This place is a paleo dieter’s dream. Salad made to order with tons of veggies, nuts, fruits, and choice of several meats. Just pass on the pita and salad dressing. Depending on what you add, these can be pretty filling, although at $9 or more per salad, they can be on the more expensive side. Sebastian’s also offers hot options like rotisserie chicken and vegetables as well as daily soup options. These options may or may not adhere to your paleo diet depending on whether they have butter or dairy (and whether you eat those things), so double check with staff if you are unsure.
Sebastian’s are located all throughout downtown Boston. Check their website for locations.
Many Mexican style restaurants are starting to offer this option (although as far as I know, Anna’s Taqueria is not one of them yet. I went to the one in Brookline, asked for a salad, and got a blank stare). You can add chicken or stead, veggies, pico de gallo, and guacamole and lots of other options (Boloco even has bacon). There is a Boloco next to the box and Chiptole on the corner of Summer street and Devonshire street.
The Kebab Guy
In Boston you can find him on Summer street in front of Macy’s. $6 will get you a (delicious) grilled chicken salad with tomato and banana pepper ($5 gets you a slightly smaller salad and $7 gets you a larger one). Just ask for no cheese, dressing, or pita and add your own side of fruit. If you bring it back to your office, you can also microwave some tomato soup for a side. If you work in Boston, you might run into me in line for a kebab salad sometime in the next 4 months.
Rebecca’s Cafe – One Financial Center Cafeteria
Rebecca’s is located on the second floor of the One Financial Center building, which is on the Southwest corner of Dewey Square. I like this place for breakfast – you can get a veggie omelet, fruit, and coffee to go for about 8 bucks. It’s on the second floor, on the left after you get off the escalator. They also offer a salad bar at lunch but the options aren’t as good as other places I’ve already mentioned.
Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!