Where we ate: Picnik, Austin TX
Meal type: Dinner
Party size: 2
Have you ever had a food or drink on vacation that blew your mind but were never able to find a restaurant serving it near you? Well, imagine if a restaurant opened up down the street and all they served was that meal and variations of it.
That’s exactly how I felt when I walked into Picnik in Austin and started to look at their menu.
I have eaten a paleo/primal (high-fat) diet for some time now and I was always in the minority. Wherever I went, I had to modify the meal to meet my dietary preferences.
That’s why it was truly surreal to dine at Picnik. Their entire menu consisted of all of the meals and ingredients that I have been learning about and incorporating into my diet over the past few years.
See the himalayan sea salt above? To this day I push that salt on people due to it’s high concentration of minerals. And who would have thought that this would be the salt of choice of a restaurant, given to each and every table?
They have done an amazing job at collecting all of the paleo, primal and high-fat diet ingredients and recipes and whipping up meals that taste nothing less than amazing. In addition, they offered numerous healthy products for sale (see below).
So now that you get the picture about how much of a kid in a candy store I was, let’s look at what we ordered.
In addition to the full food menu, they had 10-12 unique coffees, which were mostly (or all) high-fat. The commonly used term is “Bulletproof” but they had a variety that went well beyond that.
I went with the Lil Larry, which is the entry-level butter coffee but I’m a simple and straight-forward eater, so it was perfect.
Belle ordered the Golden Milk Macha (matcha . butter . mct oil . chai blend . tumeric . stevia . coconut milk . coconut nectar . maple . grass-fed whey). Now that’s a coffee…
After the coffees, we were ready to get down with some starters. Here is what we ordered:
- Fried Brussel Sprouts
- Loaded Guacamole w/vegetable crudite (also came with tortilla chips made from almond flour)
Everything tasted so fresh. I love me some chips but usually I have to ‘cheat’ to eat them. Not at Picnik. They offered the primal/paleo version and I finished them in record time.
Now on to the main dishes:
Belle went with the Eggplant Rolatini
This had a very unexpected taste. The eggplant came off like a piece of ravioli and what I thought was simply cheese inside was actually a cashew cauliflower ricotta.
I went with the Icy’s Chili
This had all of my favorite paleo/primal ingredients: cumin & chile mexican carrot rice . cilantro . avocado . crispy shoestring almond flour tortilla strips . pastured pork chorizo . raw cheddar . optional add-on of a poached egg.
Tons of fat. Super juicy. Very rich and satisfying.
Other menu items the paleo/primal crowd would love:
- Chicken Bone Broth
- Butter Bone Broth
- Breakfast Tacos (almond flour tortilla)
- Wild Fish
- Soup of the day
Now, as readers of this blog know, Belle and I cannot go out to eat without her ordering some sort of dessert.
Here we were pleasantly surprised to hear they offered a Blondie Ice Cream Sandwich (world’s best blondie . grass-fed vanilla bean gelato)
I believe this is the first dinner we’ve covered on the blog where we didn’t drink any wine, or any alcohol for that matter.
To be honest, I was so obsessed with the expansive paleo/primal menu that a glass of wine would have only got in the way.
I think the only people who can relate to the feeling I had are maybe the long-time Harry Potter fans when they first visited Harry Potter Land at Universal Studios.
Just to be able to immerse yourself in something that you thought only existed among a small group of people is too enjoyable for words.
Ok, enough geeking out on this gem of a paleo/primal restaurant. To hear a beautiful woman’s perspective, check out Belle’s post.