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Inside Cultured Caveman, Bringing Paleo to NoPo


[Avila, 6/8/14]

After a successful Kickstarter campaign helped raise $30,000 for a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Cultured Caveman's first proper sit-down space is now softly open in Kenton. Co-owners Heather Hunter and Joe Ban have outfitted the former E-San Thai space with reclaimed wood to complement the space's exposed ceiling beams, and the concept keeps it casual: the 60-seat restaurant offers counter service, a "play corner" for kids, and shelves offering retail products, grab-and-go dinners, and Caveman gear.

On the menu are dishes that ascribe to the "Paleo" style of eating: heavy on proteins and vegetables, while cutting out processed foods, grains, dairy, and sugar. Caveman's three food carts have become well-known for their cups of all-meat chili, bacon-wrapped dates, and kid-friendly chicken tenders; earlier this spring, Hunter promised potential new dishes like grain-free chicken and waffles, and zucchini "noodles" with meatballs. Cultured's freezer case is stocked with take-home pints of familiar dishes like its Brussels sprout and broccoli mash and Brazilian pulled chicken; plus Primal Pastries, Mama Bear Nut Butters, ground lamb and beef, and house-made bacon.

Cultured Caveman is currently open for dinner, 5-9p.m. daily, with plans to launch lunch service in the future.
· Cultured Caveman [Official site]
· All Previous Cultured Caveman Coverage [Eater PDX]

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