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Eating Paleo & Gluten-Free in Minneapolis

  1. Krysta @

    December 27th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Awesome list! I am not too far from Paleo’s and am looking forward to trying it out!

  2. thefreckledfoodie

    December 27th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Krysta, thanks! I am making plans to try it out soon too! Leave your comments here once you’ve tried it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Emily

    December 28th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Saw this post through Tumblr and I cannot tell you how excited I was!!!

    Wanted to throw in some St. Paul suggestions:

    The Strip Club –
    Heartland Restaurant –

    Although I don’t think either are exclusively Paleo, both focus on locally sourced foods and seem to have dishes that would make up a great Paleo meal!

    Thanks again for the recommendations! I cant wait to check them out.

  4. thefreckledfoodie

    December 28th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing Emily! I actually learned about The Strip Club and the quality of thier meat from a friend this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Emily

    January 17th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Just learned of another one today! I was looking into joining a CSA and discovered that Wise Acre Eatery ( sources most of it’s food from a farm in Plato, MN. The Menu looks fantastic.

  6. thefreckledfoodie

    January 18th, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing Emily!

  7. Emily

    March 22nd, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I’m back! I would have sworn Marin was on your list, but I don’t see it! Went there today and had a delicious paleo meal.

  8. thefreckledfoodie

    March 23rd, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Awesome, thanks Emily! I haven’t been to Marin yet so I will have to make that happen sooner or later ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Sarah Marquardt

    February 13th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Sassy Spoon is a great food truck-turned storefront that recently opened in Minneapolis ( – the website isn’t up to date, check their Facebook page for updates). The menu is 100% gluten-free, very paleo-friendly, and they have bone broth! Another great option is Foxy Falafel (another spot that started as a food truck – ) They sometimes have bone broth as well – lots of GF options.

  10. thefreckledfoodie

    February 13th, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks Sarah! I will definitely be checking out both spots in the next few weeks!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jennifer

    April 2nd, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    We ate at Birchwood Cafe tonight, and it was very good! I took your suggestion and ordered the Savory Waffle (gluten free version) from their new “Thaw” menu, and it was FABULOUS. Kale, quinoa and feta waffle with pineapple/pear chutney, egg, bacon, sunflower seeds and pure maple syrup on the side. Amazing. By far, the best meal I’ve had in a long time! Thanks for the great recommendations…I was only aware of a few of these, and am anxious to try the rest!

  12. thefreckledfoodie

    April 3rd, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    So glad I could point you in the right direction Jennifer! That seasonal waffle sound AMAZING. I will have to go get it soon! Maybe tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Valerie

    April 4th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Paleos in Lino Lakes is fabulous! They said their weekend brunch is the busiest time for them, but we were there for dinner during the week and it was still pretty hoppin! I highly recommend the wasabi coleslaw and the almond butter bars for dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. thefreckledfoodie

    April 4th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I definitely need to make my way up there soon! I will definitely be getting as much of the menu as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sandy

    April 21st, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Paleos is a great restaurant. It was well worth the drive from Woodbury up to Lino Lakes. Another restaurant worth trying is Rare Steak and Sushi in downtown Minneapolis.

  16. thefreckledfoodie

    April 23rd, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I really do need to go to Paleos… it’s about time! I do like Rare Steak and Sushi but haven’t been there in a couple years!

  17. Renee

    June 28th, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I will be coming to Minneapolis for a conference in mid-July and was looking for places to eat while I’m there. I have bookmarked this page and now can’t wait! Thanks for putting this together.

  18. thefreckledfoodie

    July 3rd, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    You’re so welcome Renee!

  19. Schaffen

    July 11th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I’m SOOO incredibly happy I found this blog!! These suggestions were a life-saver while visiting a friend! We just ate at Brasa’s and it was so awesome and satisfying. Our waitress was so helpful with suggestions to work around my allergies/preferences.

    Heads up: the collard greens at Brasa have dairy!

  20. Dawn

    August 12th, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    So, Paleo’s closed in early July 2015?? Wow, what a bummer! I didn’t even get to try but heard many good things. Getting any good restaurants in the North Metro is a challenge but…gosh, darn. I wish I could have tried it. ๐Ÿ™

  21. Jennie Docherty

    August 21st, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Love this post! I have celiac and can’t eat gluten, so these all sound AMAZING! After moving away, it’s hard to know the good spots ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Nancy

    August 21st, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Sadly, Paleos went out of business sometime in either mid to late June or early July. Such a bummer.

  23. Celeste Suter

    April 12th, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    The Tiny Diner in Minneapolis has many gluten free options. I haven’t eaten there since going Paleo but I think they would be able to make that happen too. And Jerusalems in Mpls is also very open to meeting dietary requests.
    Thanks for the ideas for places to try when next I am there!

  24. thefreckledfoodie

    April 12th, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I LOVE Tiny Diner! I need to update this post since there are so many new great places!

  25. Hannah

    September 23rd, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I love so many of these places! I am also always looking up new places to go around the cities.

  26. thefreckledfoodie

    October 2nd, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I will have to update it again soon, it is always growing!

  27. Jodi Maddocks

    January 5th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Where can you order prepared paleo meals? I am looking to do the 30 day cleanse and would like someone else to prepare the meals for me!

  28. thefreckledfoodie

    January 6th, 2017 at 9:51 am

    There are a ton of paleo delivery companies out there now! In the Twin Cities I love Origin Meals (I wrote a review on them) but Paleo On The Go and Pre-Made Paleo are also great options!

  29. Chris

    January 28th, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Great article!! What options are at wakame? Also, other than the Olive garden, any gluten free pasta in the city??

  30. thefreckledfoodie

    January 29th, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Hi Chris, I’m not a big pasta eater so I haven’t had them but I’m pretty sure there are GF options for pasta at Buca di Beppo and Bar Lagrassa ๐Ÿ™‚ I would check out their websites.

  31. Melissa

    February 23rd, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Brasa (St. Paul and Minneapolis) is no longer safe! ๐Ÿ™

    I went there today (I am on the whole 30), they cook everything in Corn oil and the only Paleo meat option was Eggs. I was so sad and disappointed as everything I had read had said they were safe. I had to leave and not get anything as I am allergic to eggs so I couldn’t even have those. So disappointing! So Sad ๐Ÿ™

  32. thefreckledfoodie

    February 24th, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Oh no! I didn’t think their pork or beef had any corn oil… That is a big bummer especially since Melissa Hartwig went there while she was in Minneapolis and on the Whole30.

  33. Karin Rush

    April 14th, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Thanks so much for this post! I have an auto immune disease, psoriasis and am trying Whole30 to hopefully stop it. (Worked for my cousin). I love to cook but also greatly enjoy eating out. After I finish Whole30 I’ll gradually add things in. 1st add in is wine!! Hope you have time to update this list soon!

  34. thefreckledfoodie

    April 14th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks Karin! I finish up my Nutritional Therapy Program soon and will get right on updating this list soon after ๐Ÿ™‚

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  36. Wolfen

    November 27th, 2017 at 2:25 am

    There are a lot of places that I have been able to find around the Twin Cities area that are GF and Dairy Free through That site lists every single grocery store, bar, bakery, restaurant, and cafe out there that is gluten free. There are quite a few places that have quietly added in GF options too. Chick-Fil-A is one of them, I think Culvers too, but you have to ask for the Gluten Free buns. There is even a 100% GF and Dairy Free grocery store out in Woodbury called Tailor Made Nutrition. I am on a Primal Blueprint kick right now, and this jives well with it.

  37. thefreckledfoodie

    November 28th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    That is awesome! I will have to do an update soon as this was quite some time ago!

  38. April De Paepe-Carlson

    May 3rd, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    This is great. Daughter and I have an autoimmune disease and follow an Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP). This is a specialized paleo diet where more foods are restricted like: nightshades (like tomatoes and peppers), eggs, nuts, seeds, and alcohol. Wondering if anyone out there is offering and indicating dishes that are AIP.

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