Caveman diet (Paleo), whole30, keto, vegan – What do these all have in common? They are all ways more and more Americans are eating. They are lifestyles not just diets. And Americans love to eat out. However, Indiana isn’t known for leading the charge with places who cater to these lifestyles. We are a community of fast food, large portioned comfort food with a basket of bread at the beginning of every meal.

However, that is about to change. Entrepreneur, Johnny Vassallo (of Mo’s A Place for Steaks and Mo’s Irish Pubs) realized after a long-term employee changed her food habits due to a major health issue, that she had no place to really eat besides home. It gave him a desire to change that for her as well as all of the other people who either suffer from or choose to lead a healthier lifestyle. And Nook, a Paleo influenced diner was born.

Johnny expressed how he couldn’t imagine how difficult it was for someone who had special dietary needs to eat out. How servers didn’t understand and frankly often make the person who ordered feel guilty or embarrassed about editing an order or how they may have to leave because they simple don’t have anything to offer. In times today when you literally have anything and everything you could possibly want from vegan restaurants to gluten free bakeries, a healthy alternative to a sit down dinner experience just hadn’t hit Indiana yet.

Nook opened in February of this year serving lunch and dinner. The walls are filled with encouraging food words and the menu with as the name indicates, Paleo influenced dishes. The menu has been carefully crafted by a host of culinary creatives to include small plates, main courses, bowls, greens, omelettes and even wood fire pizzas and the menu is broken down with those dishes into vegan, Paleo, whole30 and keto suggestions to make ordering a breeze.

Johnny Vassallo (of Mo’s A Place for Steaks and Mo’s Irish Pubs)

The dishes are presented beautifully and are constructed to taste healthy, clean and delicious. They are commited to working to procure as many local sustainable ingredients as possible because sourcing the best ingredients possible is part of the concept of all of Johnny’s restaurants.

Some of our favorite dishers are:

The salmon taco on an almond flour tortilla filled with avocado, cilantro, napa cabbage, pico and avocado creama | $12

The Nook Burger with a Paleo bun, housemate ketchup topped with vegetables and served with sweet potato wedges | $16

The Shiitake, lemon and basil cauliflower pizza on a Paleo crust | $13

The beef broth bowl filled with bone broth, daikon radish, shiitake, noodles, onions and cabbage | $8

Dishes range from $6 to $38 and Nook has a full bar.

2018 is full of new changes, healthier lifestyles and more sustainable restaurants and as Nook’s tagline says, they create flavorful foods that fuel a healthier you. They continue to elevate their food and have recently gained the only Indiana Whole30 approved menu and that honor is huge! There are only four other restaurants in the U.S. that have this endorsement. The are dedicated to provide real food for real people while making it delciious and easy to eat out with any food sensitivies or diet plans.

Nook 15 E. Maryland St. | Indianapolis |

Salmon Taco | $11 Shiitake, Lemon & Basil Cauliflower Pizza | $13 Nook Burger with Sweet Potato Fries | $16

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