D.C. Whole30 Quick Eats

Alright you guys, I know some of you are doing your first Whole30 and you’re thinking IT’S SO HARD. I promise, it gets easier…. but lets be honest, eating out and/or traveling on Whole30 can be less than exciting. The looks you get when you tell the waiter what you can’t eat indicate they would rather you dine at home. Yes… I know, just tell me what kind of oil you cook your food in, please.

Here are some quick DC Paleo eats I ate this week that are Whole30 compliant! I did all the work for you and asked about oil, ingredients etc. to make it easier on you.


Sweetgreen is my go-to salad place. Don’t you hate that no matter how hard you try to create an awesome salad at home it never comes out quite the same? I love that Sweetgreen is locally sourced and organic when available! You can check out their website (linked above) to find out more about their ingredients and what’s Whole30 compliant!


Pictured: Lettuce, Carnitas, Pico and Guac. Chorizo is the only other Whole30 compliant meat since they cook their other meats in rice bran oil.

Chipotle also provides locally sourced ingredients when available and is also passionate about providing high-quality meat.  Click the link to find out more about their ingredients!


Pictured: Salad greens, Harissa, Chicken, Shredded Romaine, Cabbage Slaw, Tomato + Onion, Diced Cucumbers, Tomato + Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Lemon Wedge, Mint, Lemon Herb Tahini.

CAVA! Cava is so.freaking.good. They don’t have a full list of ingredients online, however they do have this nifty allergens menu.

Here’s a list of everything compliant at Cava:

– Base: Salad greens

– Dip: Harissa

– Proteins: Chicken, Spicy Lamb Meatballs, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

– Toppings: Shredded Romaine, Cabbage Slaw, Tomato + Onion, Diced Cucumbers, Tomato + Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Lemon Wedge, Mint

– Dressings: Green Vinaigrette, Spicy Harissa, Lemon Herb Tahini


I forgot to take a picture when I ate here, but this food is so good! They cook their stuff in canola oil (meh…) but it’s still ok for Whole30 (they tell you to limit it, but eating it once isn’t going to have a significant impact).

I got the plain chicken with sweet potatoes and chili lime cucumbers over cauliflower rice. So yummy! They have a few other options that are Whole30 compliant including a spicy chicken. Also, make sure you swap out the rice for the cauliflower rice (it’s free!)

To make it even easier on you, you can have Farmbird delivered to your house by downloading Caviar, use this link for $10 off your first order!

I added these places to my map as well so check them out under Restaurant Map on the main page.




  1. Hi Kate – thanks for your helpful post! For Farmbird, what other options were whole30 approved? E.g., is their kale and avocado salad OK, or does it contain any added sugar or soy products?

    1. Hi, Laura! I remember asking them last time and there was something in it that was not compliant, it slips my mind what it is though. They are very friendly and will answer your questions if you ask 🙂

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