Austin is home to TONS of local, health-centric, paleo-friendly restaurants (even if they don’t say “paleo” on the menu).
Of course, in the Paleo community, Austin is known as the home of Picnik. Picnik started as a small food truck on the famous South Lamar. It has since grown to a national brand with multiple locations and even a line of products that launched in stores like Costco this year! This one is an absolute must-go while you’re in town for Paleo f(x)™.
But Paleo is making waves in this city beyond them, too. Delicious food that’s also healthy is a huge trend in Austin, even if places aren’t directly called “Paleo.”
It’s actually quite easy to find a variety of Paleo-friendly restaurants and foods around here, but we wanted to share some of our favorites with you.
Some of the best Paleo restaurants around Austin, besides Picnik, are:
If you’re looking for a delicious farm-to-table restaurant that’s always open, you won’t find another quite like 24 Diner. This has been a long-time Austin hub, whether the diners are interested in Paleo food or not. The kitchen is more than willing to accommodate any requests its diners make and, let’s face it, you can’t beat those business hours!
This restaurant describes themselves as “inspired by central Texas’ seasons and farmers. The creators first began serving Austin from a food truck, and have since taken our restaurant scene by storm with this brick-and-mortar. The menu is constantly rotating and serving up only seasonally-fresh dishes, made by some of the best chefs in town!
Odd Duck is the second creation of Barley Swine’s owners. They wanted to offer a breakfast, lunch, and dinner experience since Barley Swine is dinner-only. They continue to stick to their support of central Texas’ seasons and farmers, boasting some of the most creative fusion food in town.
Looking for a big-ass salad? This is your place. Vinaigrette is focused on sustainability and making veggies delicious – all while breaking the mold on what a “salad” even is. Even your friends that joke about those Tupperware salads you carry around will love this place!
The founders of Koriente say they started the restaurant “because their mom didn’t like to cook.” This place has taken Asian food to its deliciously fresh roots, utilizing local farmers as their suppliers for their traditional dishes. Try anything from sushi-grade salmon on a salad to rice stir-fries to grilled options, vegetarian or not.
This is one of the “hidden gem” spots in Austin that people often don’t realize is Paleo! But they made the first “Paleo burger” option that we know of at a restaurant around here, using two portobello mushroom caps as the bun. Their meat is always grass-fed and their sweet potato fries are to die for.
There are several delicious Thai restaurants around town, and it’s pretty hard to find one that isn’t going to be Paleo-friendly. But if you’re looking for an Austin-centric experience, Sway is our favorite. Their flavors are rich and like so many of the others on this list, they work to use local vendors for their food supply. It doesn’t hurt that their plate presentation is beautiful, too!
Salty Sow describes themselves as “an American Gastropub serving farmhouse fare.” They blur the lines between classic American food and our new-age way of looking at its suppliers. They serve anything from bone marrow to huge spreads of braised meat and vegetables. And, pro tip – those duck fat fries have been a long-time Paleo f(x)™ speaker favorite!
We know there’s a lot of places on this list that started as food trucks – but this one still is! Don’t let that fool you, though. This is the first place to make golden milk famous around Austin and it still sticks to its delicious plant-based roots to this day. If you’ve got vegan friends, this is your make-everyone-happy spot!
Sandwiches, bowls, pizzas… oh, my! You’ll find a plate for everyone here and you can rest happy knowing that the ingredients are quality, with gluten-free and vegan items clearly marked.
Flower Child (not local, but totally paleo-friendly)
…And totally worth the try! This place has fast(er) food vibes with its ordering experience, but the food quality is anything but that. If you’re looking for big flavor, build-your-own plates, and a quick way to eat something healthy, this would be the place.
And what else do we do besides eat around here?
Paleo f(x) happens but once a year in what we like to call one of the “coolest cities on earth”—Austin, Texas….
But don’t just take our word for it… Listen to what others are saying.
In 2017, US News & World Report ranked Austin as the number one Best City to Live in America, and Austin continually tops the charts of other polls as well including, one of the “Happiest Cities.”
Whether you are NEW to visiting our great city, or you live here year round, there’s no better time than Paleo f(x) to make a whole experience, vacation (or staycation) out of the conference. This conference is way more than just Paleo diet talk…
Here are our Top 8 Picks of Things to Do in Austin While Attending Paleo f(x)…
1. Catch the Sunset at Mount Bonnell
Want to see the whole city at once? Head on up to Mount Bonnell for a “breathtaking” sights of the Hill Country, downtown, UT-Austin, lakes and trails, and surrounding areas. All you gotta do? Walk about 102 stairs up. Not a far hike and totally worth it.
2. Watch the Bats at Congress Bridge
Have you ever seen a bat fly? How about 1.5 million bats—All at once? The Congress Bridge attracts hundreds of people throughout the week, every night, to come see the famous Austin bats fly away from under the bridge—like clockwork. Every evening at sunset, the bats come out and it’s a sight to see. (Check out Bat Conservation International for more information).
3. Paddleboard or Kayak Lady Bird Lake
We call Lady Bird Lake the “Mecca” of Austin. It’s the place where all Austinites in the city flock to for running, biking, walking and paddling. It’s got something for all your outdoor fitness needs!
Check out the Texas Rowing Center nestled in the middle of the trail where you can rent an hourly paddle of choice (paddleboaring, kayaking or canoeing). While you’re at it, consider renting bikes too. Fast Folks on East Cesar Chavez offers daily rentals, as does Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Bicycle Sport Shop. There are also hourly bike rental stations scattered throughout downtown.
4. Take a Hike.
What better way to start the day than to set out on the open trail at a popular Austin hike spot, like the Green Belt, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Emma Long Park, or River Place Nature Trail, to get your booty in gear before hitting up the conference?
5. Be a Groupie.
Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World” for a reason—there is always a show to catch and music playing in the background. From hitting up the bar scene on 6th Street downtown, to popping in to one of the hundreds of local music venues and dives throughout the city, there is sure to be tons of musical flavors to choose from—depending on your taste. As the event draws near check out the local music calendars including: do512, Austin 360 and the Austin Chronicle for what’s playing now. Not into live music but like entertainment? Hit up the Alamo Drafthouse or Violet Crown Cinema for a local movie theater vibe.
6. Put Your Cowboy Boots On & Dance
Austin is not super country, however, we are in the heart of Texas (and every one needs to two-step at least once in their lifetime). Check out The Broken Spoke, White Horse or Dance Across Texas to get your two-step on.
7. Mix Up Your Fitness
Austin is ranked one of the fittest cities in America for a reason—there are hundreds of options to choose from. (In fact, a simple “Yelp” search alone yields upwards of almost 2,000 results of studios and trainers).
Whether you like spinning, bootcamps, Pilates, yoga, Barre, CrossFit, yoga, boxing, martial arts, Parkour, hiking, biking and beyond, there is something for you. We know the people of Paleo f(x)™ appreciate a healthy lifestyle and just because you’re on vacation doesn’t have to mean giving up your fave routine (or mixing it up).
Austin Fit Magazine provides an updated list of some of the best studios and fitness options to check out in Austin. And some of our recommended LOCAL faves?
8. People Watch at Whole Foods & Dive into Paleo-Friendly Restaurants
Call us “boring,” but you will think twice when you see our Flagship Whole Foods store. Nestled in the heart of downtown, Whole Foods got its start here in Austin and the massiveness of the flagship store speaks for itself. Find any cuisine you like and enjoy post-conference dinner at one of the specialty venues (fish market, barbecue, bistro, sushi bar, etc.).
Want more happenings of “what to do” in Austin?
Check out our local buzz feeds for the latest:
And if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet to Paleo f(x)™ 2019, make sure to grab them HERE!