nebo and Eating out Paleo (and gluten free) Style!

by danielle on August 17, 2012

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. 

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Kierston August 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love, LOVE eating sushi! My favorite meal, ever…. well, one of them ;)

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

That is amazing that there were so aware of gluten and emphasized they could take care of that- how rare in a restaurant!

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Maureen August 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Great tips! I have a recipe for eggplant slow cooker lasagna that I LOVE!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Thanks Maureen! That sounds delicious!

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Fancy Nancy August 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I have been looking for a new restaurant to try out in Boston…I’ll have to check out this one! That lasagna looks amazing!!! I LOVE sushi….actually will be my first meal after I have my baby!!!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Yes definitely check it out! It is amazing!

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Katie @wishandwhimsy August 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Great tips, whether or not you are paleo or GF. We have to learn to ask questions. And you’re EXACTLY RIGHT…it’s about making smart choices.

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Thanks Katie!

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Eva @ committed2nutrition August 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

This is the best advice right here: “Don’t worry about calories: It’s not worth the stress.” Couldn’t be more true. We are out enjoying ourselves, don’t over analyze and disect stupid calories..just relax and eat and chill the frig out, hahaha (yes, I crack myself up) but in all seriousness, great tips..and always the ones I put into practice when out. EVERY restaurant has some sort of chicken breast or fish, you can always make it happen. and chinese? LOVE ME SOME STEAMED CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI!

happy weekend!! so jealous you are at HLS!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Happy weekend to you too! Love steamed chicken and broccoli!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots August 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I am obsessed with goat cheese, that salad looks soo good! I usually love to get sushi or mexican! See you later chica!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Love goat cheese too! Can’t wait to see you!

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Kat August 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

These are really great tips!!
And the food from that restaurant sounds amazing!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thanks Kat!

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Courtney August 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

All that food looks delicious, especially the lasagna!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thank you Courtney!

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Amber (@ExSoyCise) August 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

All of your food looks amazing! That is great that they offer so many great options! I am allergic to soy and lactose intolerant so I know how hard it is to be able to go out to dinner and avoid certain foods. Love the blog!

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danielle August 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thank you Amber!

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Corrie Anne August 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I love zucchini lasagnas!!! I also love to get GF and Paleo options although I follow neither of them. They just have some good, healthy, clean options! :) I feel like Denver is really friendly towards a variety of healthy lifestyle choices, and that’s awesome!

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danielle August 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

That’s awesome! I will have to come to Denver just to check out the restaurants :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Great tips girl! I love eating at Bonefish b/c they make it so easy to eat clean and are so careful about GF and allergies!

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danielle August 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Never been to bonefish but that is awesome! I love when they are extra accommodating! It really helps ease the worry!

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Emily August 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

Great tips! I’m not paleo or gluten-free but I definitely try to steer clear of gluten whenever it’s possible. I always have to plan ahead when I’m eating out since I’m vegan though. Thankfully most restaurants are really accommodating nowadays!

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danielle August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

Thanks Emily! Yes planning ahead really is key!

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CourtStar @ Star Systemz August 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

Love your tips! Super useful for those of us who dine out all the time. I always plan ahead when dining out but checking out the menu online if I can or reading reviews on trip advisor to see what others had ordered. I am dairy free and egg free so I always have to make sure they grease the pan with light oil and 0 dairy! I used to be a server too so I always teach clients that it is ok to ask. As a server back in the day I would rather have the customer make me aware rather then get there food and make me take it back! Love and Shine CourtStar

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danielle August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

Thanks Court! I totally agree! I much prefer a more particular customer when they order than sending it back! I would get kind of excited too that they were into nutrition like me!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes August 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

I haven’t eaten out on paleo yet but I agree it has helped me not worry about calories. There is no way we could even know what our bodies need at the time anyway.

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danielle August 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

Absolutely! It’s impossible to know!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish August 18, 2012 at 4:49 am

There are so many wonderful-sounding restaurants in Boston! I’m completely overwhelmed, and wish I could stay a few extra days just to try them! I know I’d LOVE Nebo, mainly because I typically avoid Italian restaurants (gluten wonderlands!), so restaurant-made pizza and lasagna would be quite a treat!

I love your dining tips! I’ve found that eating Paleo at restaurants is both easy AND delicious! I love fresh seafood and steak, and chefs are almost always willing to serve them alongside fresh veggies. I actually found it a lot more difficult to dine healthfully on a vegetarian diet; everything was carby and cheesy! ;-p

Okay, how did I miss you at the cocktail party tonight?! Let’s please chat tomorrow?! xoxo

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danielle August 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

Thanks Sara! It is super easy to eat out on Paleo!! I’ll be on the search for you today I promise! Not sure how we missed each other last night! Can’t wait to chat!

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Erin @ erinberries August 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

This was such an informative post! I really enjoyed it.

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danielle August 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Thanks Erin! So happy you enjoyed it!

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