Low Carb Cafe opening in Madison

 

Madison is getting a low-carb (and largely paleo-friendly) cafe, and they plan to open their doors this Monday!

Have you been waiting for a place that really understands your dietary needs? A restaurant that uses healthy fats, doesn’t rely on grains or dairy in every dish, and uses no added sugars or mysterious ingredients?

Good Food – Low Carb Cafe opens on April 3rd, 2017 11am-8pm, at 4674 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI. Expect to see fare like hot zoodle bowls, grain-free flatbread pizza, lettuce tacos, homemade soups, organic chicken bone broth, salads, appetizers, pasture-raised chicken wings, locally-roasted organic coffee, and a weekend brunch menu.

In addition to the new restaurant, Melanie and Kory also do catering, as well as operate two food carts which are available for private parties. They try to source produce locally when possible, and there are always vegan/vegetarian options.

This information and more is available in their MPR listing, which I’m eager to update with a full review as soon as possible. In the mean time, go check it out for yourself, and leave a comment below!

Good Food Low Carb Cafe
4674 Cottage Grove Rd
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 630-8400
www.goodfoodmadison.com
facebook.com/Good.Food.Madison

Mon – Fri 11am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday (brunch menu only) 9am – 3pm

 

 

New, more useful restaurant reviews

Check out all the new enhancements to make MadisonPaleo more useful, especially in the local restaurant guide:

 

Updates to main site:

  • Fresh new look
  • Faster and more responsive

 

Madison Paleo Reviews spin-off

  • Restaurant reviews redesigned to be more informative, and easier to use – especially on the go, and moved to a site of their own (still accessible from main site)
  • Works better on a variety of mobile devices
  • New star rating system, scores for various criteria like gluten-free or dairy-free options, low-carb choices, quality meats, organic produce, etc. plus an overall paleo rating
  • New “user ratings” feature too, so it’s not all about what I think -and you can leave even leave your own comments!
  • Quick link in each review to check restaurant’s web site for menu or policies
  • Instantly share, email, or print listings for friends when planning where to eat
  • Sort by style of cuisine, or city
  • Search by name or key words
  • Handy sidebar shows the top rated listings, or switch to most recently reviewed

 

Please try out the new features, and let me know if you have any ideas for improvement, or a favorite restaurant that I should prioritize getting into the guide.

 

 

 

My favorite cookbook: “Paleo Takeout” by Russ Crandall

Obviously, there’s no single best cookbook for everyone. There isn’t even a perfect paleo cookbook for everyone. Until now, I’ve refrained from singling one out in a general way, but I’m ready to declare a favorite, at least for now: Russ Crandall’s “Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk” is just that good.

Recently purchased for our home collection, my family has fallen in love with these recipes. The first week, my wife couldn’t stop cooking through them day after day, and we’ve yet to find a clinker. The concept is paleo re-creations of takeout favorites, and as such it succeeds. But I wouldn’t call these substitutes or approximations. The flavors are authentic, if sometimes superior to the originals, and they’re made with such wholesome ingredients that there’s never any “I shouldn’t have” feeling afterward!

Our favorites so far include: Egg Foo Young, Honey Sesame Chicken, Pad See Ew, and Thai Green Curry. (Can you tell we started with the Asian recipes?) There are also “American Classics” such as pizza, wings, burgers, chili fries… all made clean and nourishing. There are even recipes for making your own sauces, condiments, and sides – without the usual junk.

Some recipes include limited dairy or rice, always with alternatives if you want to keep it strict. His reasoning is fully explained in the front pages, along with the expected author’s personal story, introduction to paleo, guide to cooking techniques, etc. Front and back cover flaps double as durable bookmarks.

I’m someone who expects nice full-color pictures of each dish, and “Paleo Takeout” doesn’t disappoint there. Taking it a step further, there’s a cute recipe index in the back that looks like a takeout menu! This book will be much more than just a source for whimsical party recipes. Already it’s one of our go-to cookbooks for everyday use as well as entertaining. This would be a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys takeout, even if they’ve never heard of paleo.

Joe to speak at DeForest Public Library

“Eating Paleo at Home or Away”

Paleo is once again the most popular diet on Google, and millions are giving up grains, sugar, and seed oils. DeForest resident Joe Disch talks about “eating like a cave man” and his new book, Paleo for Restaurants. There will be discussion of the basic tenets of paleo as well as variants and controversies.

Also covered will be basic tips and tricks for restaurant owners and chefs who want to be more welcoming to paleo and primal clientele. There will be paleo cookie samples courtesy of Paleo Mama Bakery. Come and get your questions answered!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 6:30pm
DeForest Public Library Community Room
203 Library Street, DeForest, WI          (608) 846-5482
 

 

 

 

New book: PALEO FOR RESTAURANTS by Joe Disch

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new handbook for restaurants who want to become more paleo friendly. Paleo for Restaurants (Don’t lose customers as they reject grains and other neolithic foods) shares the perspective of frustrated paleo diners everywhere, and offers a range of actionable strategies for accommodating various types of ancestral eaters.  Paleo cooking can be simple enough for a caveman, once you correct a few deal-breakers, and restaurateurs who understand this stand to benefit from new trends while others miss out.  Includes menu ideas, specialty ingredients you should know about, and viewpoints from a variety of experts. Available now in both print and e-book editions.

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Welcome new and returning students!

A special welcome to new and returning students, and other Madison newcomers!  People think of Mad town as being half vegetarian, half fried cheese and beer — but we have a growing and friendly paleo/primal population as well.

Wondering where to shop or dine out?  Check out our resources page as a starting point.  And don’t be shy asking questions or letting us in on your own discoveries.  Like and subscribe to our free mailing list for updates.  Lots more coming soon!

New: Restaurant Directory!

MadisonPaleo.com is proud to announce our new Guide to Madison area restaurants. This is a searchable database of local eating establishments featuring notes on options for paleo diners, and tips for improving your experience there.

This is an ever-growing and continually updated collection, and your input is key to making it the best it can be!  So let us know what you like (and don’t like) at your favorite spots, as well as any additional features you’d like to see!

Please be patient as this is a brand new feature. We expect updates to happen at least a few times a week. I hope one day soon we’ll see our first true paleo restaurant, or at least a food cart, but until then let’s work together to find and celebrate the cleanest options available in this land of deep-fried cheese curds! Bon appetit!