We just invented this technology called agriculture a few thousand years ago," said Joe Ban, co-owner of ‘The Cultured Caveman’ food cart. "But before that, we were eating animal products, and fruits, and nuts, and the kind of stuff you can hunt or gather."
The Cultured Caveman adheres to the Paleolithic diet, which espouses a return to the types of food our less-evolved ancestors might have eaten. Before you sneer, know that the food here is good, from bacon-almond dates to a zesty kale-carrot-ginger salad. The tender all-meat chili, poured over a rainbow of russet, sweet and purple potato fries, is among the tastiest you'll find in town.
Cultured Caveman is a cart-success story well worth exploring. Opened two months ago, it has the requisite mix of exciting variables: personable and highly intelligent young entrepreneurs (Joe Ban and Heather Hunter), a good version of a trending product ("paleo" food), an embedded and vastly underserved audience (paleo and CrossFit adherents).
Food at the Cultured Caveman is indeed elevated: Grass Fed All Meat Chili; Paleo Chicken “Tenders” breaded in coconut flour; hearty salads; and perfectly crisp French Fries fried in beef tallow are just some of the treats found here. I dined on a very thick, very satisfying cup of beef chili (no beans in this chili for the Paleos!), as well as a kale salad bursting with ginger and carrots.
Joe and Heather didn’t disappoint. The dynamic duo behind Cultured Caveman are exactly who I’d imagined them to be: warm, genuine, charismatic, smart, intrepid entrepreneurs. (Besides, they mentioned that a few of their menu items are actually based on my recipes, so how could I not love them? With me, flattery’ll get you everywhere!)