PORTLAND, Ore – February 24, 2014 – With a classic diner menu offering freshly prepared and healthy food for everyone, Dick’s Kitchen fills a void in Portland. Now, the locally owned restaurant will offer its 100% natural grass-fed burgers, vegan Coconut Bliss “milkshakes” and air-baked “not-fries” to even more diners looking for a healthy and delicious neighborhood option. Dick’s Kitchen today confirmed plans to open a third Portland restaurant in late spring/early summer on the northeast corner of SE 49th and Woodstock Blvd. Preliminary plans also include a commissary and a community kitchen for recipe testing and classes with health practitioners, authors and leaders in the healthy eating movement. Dick’s Kitchen purchased the site from Marc Gaudin, the founder and former owner of The Joinery.
“We’re very excited about expanding to the Woodstock area, a progressive neighborhood with lots of families who are concerned about eating healthfully,“ says owner Richard Satnick who also founded Laughing Planet Cafe 18 years ago. “Our unique approach to hamburgers and other diner favorites creates a whole new opportunity to entice kids to eat intelligently and happily and potentially avoid future health issues.”
A New Nutritional Paradigm
While researching the connection between his own health issues and diet, Satnick discovered a new nutritional paradigm, popularly called the Paleo Diet. “This represents a major shift in our understanding of the relationship between diet and the major diseases afflicting us today,” says Satnick. “We know that much of the conventional wisdom from the 70s through the 90s about eating healthfully is misplaced, and that eating in a manner consistent with what our species evolved to eat yields a much healthier outcome.”
At Dick’s Kitchen, Satnick created the menu’s favorite comfort foods with this new paradigm in mind. The menu also addresses a number of other dietary issues, from gluten- and dairy-intolerance to veganism and other special dietary needs. “The best part is that all of this healthy food is delicious,” says Satnick.
Dick’s Kitchen proudly features Carman Ranch 100% grass-fed burgers, as well as Kobe beef hot dogs, locally raised water buffalo, venison, elk and lamb in a rotation of “guest burgers” that also includes organic turkey, wild-caught salmon, wild boar and even the “Dork” (a mixture of duck and pork). Vegan options range from a Portobello burger to a tempeh reuben and a host of vegetable side-dish options will satisfy diners from vegetarian to Paleo.
“By re-thinking the all-American favorite, the hamburger, and by using 100% grass-fed beef, we turn the tables on unhealthy fast-food and instead offer a meal that is higher in Omega 3’s, vitamins and minerals than anything out there,” says Satnick. The sourdough-potato bun is lower in gluten than regular bread, and Dick’s Kitchen offers gluten-free buns and “burger bowls” with healthful salads topped with the protein of choice. Even the potato and yam “fries” are not fried, but baked in a convection oven with a tiny fraction of the oil of conventional fries.
Dick’s Kitchen makes its own pickles and kimchee from scratch, which aid digestion, and also serves locally made Lion Heart Kombucha on tap. Cocktails, beer and wine are available, including a gluten-free beer from Harvester Brewing. As befits a true diner, Dick’s also offers milkshakes and a vegan shake made with Coconut Bliss, as well as a host of desserts including the new Paleo Parfait made with maple cashew “cream” sprinkled with cocoa almond “cookie” and topped with raspberry compote.
About Dick’s Kitchen: The Omnivore’s Solution
Founded in 2010, Dick’s Kitchen is one of the first family-friendly diners in the Pacific Northwest to adopt as its core mission the new nutritional paradigm. It prepares fresh food from healthy, humanely-raised ingredients and it supports farmers and local artisan producers. Best of all, it allows diners of all dietary inclinations to eat at the same table. It is the answer for families with a range of eaters, some of whom might be vegan, gluten-intolerant, or love meat. Dick’s Kitchen is truly the omnivore’s solution. Dick’s Kitchen currently has two locations: 704 NW 21st Avenue, Portland and 3312 SE Belmont, Portland. Subscribe to the Grass-fed Gazette and learn more at www.dkportland.com.