Seeing as a lot of healthy living bloggers will be in Boston this weekend for the Healthy Living Summit I thought I would post of review of a delicious Italian restaurant I recently went to in the North End. Bonus…there was a ton of gluten free options!
A couple weeks ago I went to a new to me restaurant in Boston: Nebo! This restaurant uses only the “finest ingredients” and even won a throwdown with Bobby Flay! This is an awesome Italian restaurant located in the North End of Boston and is run and owned by two sisters. If you’re from Boston you already know that the North End is the place to go for amazing Italian food and this restaurant is definitely one of the best! They have a completely separate gluten free menu, which I loved. A couple other things stood out to me too, the second we walked in, they asked if anyone in our party had a gluten allergy, and then when our waitress came over she asked again for us to let her know if anyone had one! We had awesome service and everything we got was amazing!
Here’s my meal:
Mixed Green Salad with goat cheese, crushed pistachios, and grilled shrimp! This was delicious!
My Mom’s Lasagna! Definitely the best meal of all! They make it with no pasta, so it’s gluten free. Instead they use very thinly sliced layers of zucchini! I tasted hers and want to go back again just to get this!
My sister got a regular cheese pizza but on a gluten free crust and really liked it too! She is not gluten free but likes to try gluten free things all the time! I haven’t had pizza since being diagnosed with Celiac so it was awesome to be able to taste hers!
Overall I really loved it here and can’t wait to go back! So if you’re in Boston, definitely check out Nebo!!!
While we’re on the topic of eating out I thought I would offer some advice on eating out with a gluten allergy or following a Paleo lifestyle. It may sound daunting but eating out on Paleo is actually pretty easy. In fact it is often easier than cooking at home simply because someone else is doing the work for you. There are a couple precautions to take when eating out, especially if you have an allergy, but simple modifications are usually enough to navigate pretty much any restaurant menu whether Paleo or gluten free!
Here are my tips:
- Ask questions: As a previous server, there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions. If you don’t see something you’re looking for on the menu, ask. If you have an allergy, tell them. If you want to know if something comes with sauce, ask…you won’t know until you do
- Choose your protein: Order chicken, steak, burger, turkey, eggs, etc…Every restaurant serves some form of lean protein. If you don’t see it on the menu, ask about it. Unless you are at a 100% vegan restaurant there is going to be something for you to eat.
- Choose your carbohydrate: Choose some form of vegetable as your carbohydrate. Again every restaurant most likely serves some type of steamed or sautéed vegetable or salad.
- Assume you’re getting fats: Most restaurants will use some form of fat to grease pans, or grills and cook your meal. Most likely whatever you get will have some form of fat in it.
- Don’t worry about calories: It’s not worth the stress. Even if the calories are posted at the restaurant or online, it is extremely unlikely that what you are being served is exactly the same as the meal the calories were calculated for. I’ve spent way too much time worrying about this eating out in the past. Paleo helped me realize: there is no reason to count the calories in a piece of grilled chicken and veggies. Just make smart choices.
Some meal options for eating out:
- Breakfast foods/Diners: Eggs (if your worried about what they’re fried in get poached or hard-boiled), bacon, fruit, omelet with vegetables
- Chinese/Thai: Any sort of steamed chicken or beef with vegetables…ask for the sauce on the side or with no sauce
- Italian: Salads, Grilled chicken, vegetables, steak
- Mexican: Salads, Fajitas without tortillas or rice, grilled chicken or steak, vegetables with no sauce
- Family Style/American: Burgers, steamed vegetables, salads, wraps without the wrap (make sure there is no cheese or rice in them if you’re paleo)
Hope this helps!
What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever been to? What’s your favorite food to eat when you’re out?
*Disclaimer- I have no affiliation to nebo restaurant. I just wanted to share my great experience with you. I wasn’t compensated in any way for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.