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Cornerman’s “Healthy” Restaurant Review

One of your greatest challenges of living a healthy lifestyle is deciding what to eat when you’re dining out on the town. We set out to help you by testing several of the “healthier” restaurants around the Valley.

We had 2 rules for every meal. You’re still hot from  The Gas Station Challenge so we can’t ruin your 4 years and 8 months streak of hardcore paleoketovegan.

The 2 Cornerman’s “Healthy” Restaurant Review Rules 

Rule #1
“If It Fits In a Lifestyle.”
We’ll call it IIFIL for short. Not to be confused with IIFYM.
We must have all lifestyles of paleo, keto, or vegan represented at every meal.

Rule #2
“Two strikes and it’s out!”
Any item ordered must fit at least two out of the three lifestyles
(paleo, keto, or vegan).
If it doesn’t fit at least two of the lifestyles then it’s a strikeout, no-go.

Spot: Perk
Date: January 5, 2019
Time: 6:49 AM
Meal: breakfast


Our first stop was breakfast. Perk was highly recommended by a Phoenix native with deep roots in the community–so we couldn’t go wrong.
“We have a passion for fresh, local and organic foods- so we always try to use as much of that as possible.” —

Perk’s Menu

Parts of the Paleoketovegan Plan
Paleo choice: over easy eggs
Keto choice: “Ranch House Fillet Medallions” (grassfed)
Vegan choice: honeydew

Cornerman’s choice: The Cowboy with a side of fruit. Pass on the toast. Bread doesn’t fit the bill for paleo or keto so it was a no-go.

Pros: they had grass-fed beef. Although grass-fed is becoming more mainstream, it can still be difficult to find when you’re out. At certain restaurants, you can be “that dude” and piecemeal a plate together or make modifications to an existing menu item. Cornerman is “that dude.”

Challenges: oils used at Perk are “olive oil and vegetable oil.” If you are a picky-ass like the Cornerman, you may want to steer clear of this spot. When they told me “…vegetable oil,” I started to get the shakes like an overloaded, off-balance washing machine and then my left eyelid started twitching. If you hit up the Perk don’t freak out like your Cornerman! Enjoy your food and do damage control later. Don’t let your mind play games and jack up your digestion.


Spot: True Food Kitchen
Date: January 5, 2019
Time: 12:03 PM
Meal: lunch

True Food Kitchen

For lunch, we hit up True Food Kitchen. True Food was cofounded by Dr. Andrew Weil who is an integrative medicine doctor in the great Tucson, AZ. We couldn’t leave out True Food considering the founder is an integrative medicine doctor that’s an advocate of a  healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Dr. Weil here.

True Food Kitchen Menu

Parts of the Paleoketovegan Plan
Paleo choice: shrimp (sustainable seafood, not wild)
Keto choice: shrimp (although minimal fat and mainly protein, we’ll put it as keto)
Vegan choice: broccoli, heirloom carrots, bok choy, mushrooms

Cornerman’s choice: Teriyaki Quinoa plus extra shrimp x 2, minus quinoa, rice, and avocado. Yup, I was “that dude” again, but the waitress was super cool and willing to work with the picky-ass. The quinoa and rice doesn’t fit ketoites and some paleoista so they were a no-go.

Pros: their customer services is top notch. They are willing to work with a picky-ass so don’t shy away from this spot too much. Their menu makes it easy to decipher certain lifestyle options including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten friendly with their menu labeling system. The staff went out of their way to be sure that my requests were met. They have awesome outdoor seating as an option that’s always recommended so you’re not exposed to the artificial lights non-sense that jacks up your metabolism by causing unbalanced formation of free radicals! Go outside!

Challenges: the portions. If you normally eat more than 3 pieces of shrimp, you’ll want to double or maybe triple the added shrimp. I doubled up and was borderline hangry within about 2 hours. Minimal fat in the meal, per their use of grapeseed oil, didn’t help my satiety either.


Spot: Original ChopShop
Date: January 5, 2019
Time: 5:02 PM
Meal: dinner

Original ChopShop

The Original ChopShop is one of my more frequent (as in 3 times in 7 years) spots in the rare occasion that I do go out for food. ChopShop is a great place if you need to grab something quick and “healthier” to eat.

Original ChopShop Menu

Parts of the Paleoketovegan Plan
Paleo choice: shrimp (sustainable seafood, not wild)
Keto choice: shrimp (we’ll put it in keto again)
Vegan choice: roasted broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms

Cornerman’s choice: I went with the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” mentality for dinner with a bowl of roasted vegetables and shrimp. In addition to the vegetables, you have the option of sweet potato hash or brown rice. I passed on both of those for some of the paleoista and for sure the ketoites.

Pros: ChopShop is set up so you can easily customize and be a picky-ass within certain boundaries. Portions are generous even for the Cornerman, but I still doubled up on the shrimp. If you are coming off a tough workout be sure to double up. Their outdoor seating option should be used so your mitochondrion can free up nitric oxide from cytochrome c and you can use the energy from the food you are about to eat! Without (good) light humans will suffer from chronic diseases.  How badass is this?!!!

Challenges: if you are a picky-ass like 2018 Cornerman, you may just want to head to Whole Foods and get some of their wild-caught shrimp in the frozen seafood. Otherwise, this can be a clutch spot if you need some quick grub.


Spot: Buck and Rider
Date: January 6, 2019
Time: 12:54 PM
Meal: lunch

Buck and Rider

After going 3/3 yesterday–eating out at every meal, breakfast was back at Cornerman’s kitchen. Just like 2018. Sunday lunch we scooted over to Buck and Rider in the Biltmore area. Buck and Rider is a sister restaurant of LGO and a couple other local restaurants in Phoenix.

Parts of the Paleoketovegan Plan
Paleo choice: king crab legs on ice
Keto choice: butter (picky-ass made sure it was REAL butter, not some vegetable oil posing as butter)
Vegan choice: roasted broccolini and cauliflower

Cornerman’s choice: I went with the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” mentality for dinner with a bowl of roasted vegetables and shrimp. In addition to the vegetables you have the option of sweet potato hash or brown rice. I passed on those for hardcore paleoistas and ketoites.

Pros: their seafood selection is on point and awesome quality. It’s easy to be a picky-ass at Buck and Rider and their customer service was top-notch.

Challenges: as stated above, the service was awesome, but I’ve seen a couple reviews that wait time for a table was longer than quoted. If you’re hangry at a more popular time, you may want to get grab a little somethin’ somethin’ from Whole Foods down the street.

If you can’t wait to dive into your crab legs or steak or crispy brussel sprouts, they have these treats. They look just like the magical sea salt chocolate chip cookies at LGO that I’ve binged on in the past. If they are anything like LGO’s, they’ll knock your socks off!


Spot: FnB
Date: January 6, 2019
Time: 5:14 PM
Meal: dinner


FnB stands for Freak’N Bomb! Chef Charleen has this place poppin’! Game over! This place wins the Cornerman’s “Healthy” Restaurant Review 1.0.

The menu is seasonal “showcasing the best of Arizona’s abundant farming and agricultural community.” These two things are what originally turned me onto FnB a couple years ago.

The ambiance is straight up dope! Another reason you scoot down to Craftsman Court in Old Town ASAP (tonight!) for dinner. And be sure to tag @infinityspine on The Gram when you go! We want to see all the deliciousness!

“FnB has continued to receive acclaim both locally and beyond for its richly flavored, globally accented seasonal menus, continually showcasing the best of Arizona’s abundant farming and agricultural community.”

FnB Menu

Parts of the Paleoketovegan Plan
Paleo choice: doesn’t matter!
Keto choice: if you want to stay home and sip on liquid coconut oil then stay at home and sip away
Vegan choice: go ahead, eat that ghetto bowl of vegetables

Look, I’m not hatin’. You deserve some flavor from Chef Charleen.

Cornerman’s choice: I was torn between the Mexican grouper and the ribeye. After the waiter, who was super knowledgable about FnB’s purpose, I went with the ribeye.

The grilled potatoes, dried tomato chermoula, and baby kale lusciously delish!

The chermoula was straight up lit! They have to use unicorn tears in this sauce!

Pros: this place is the jam and this place is a must for you! The chef knows what she’s doing. When you hit up FnB, leave your picky-assness at the door. Let Chef Charleen Badman work her mojo.

If you’re into wine, these guys talk a big game so if that’s your speed that might be another reason to drop in. Cornerman can’t help you here.

Challenges: you might be forever jaded and not want to cook again. Good luck wanting to try another spot for dinner for at least a couple months. Two challenges for this hot spot are they’re open for dinner only and that ribeye is not grass-fed. If they were open for breakfast and lunch, we’d have every meal at Freak’N Bomb for Cornerman’s Restaraunt Review 2.0–as long as nobody is being a picky-ass.


Have an awesome weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma

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