TravelAug/Sep 2011 Issue

Good Eats: Gluten Free San Francisco

These restaurants in and around San Francisco offer a gluten-free menu or accommodate customers with special dietary needs.


Within the City

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

That’s right—a gluten-free grilled cheese sandwich! Order any sandwich on homemade gluten-free bread for only $.50 extra. Separate pans are used to prevent cross-contamination. Breakfast and lunch only.

1 South Park Ave. Suite 103A


Price: $

Balompie Café 3

A Salvadorian café featuring pupusas, small, thick pancakes made with corn masa served with choice of meat and cheese toppings. Kid-friendly

3801 Mission St.


Price: $

Café Gratitude

A vegan restaurant that satisfies omnivores.Raw pesto pizza is served on gluten-free buckwheat sunflower seed flatbread crust.

2400 Harrison St.


Price: $$

Eagle Pizzeria

A family-owned pizzeria that launched a gluten-free pizza and beer offering in 2010 due to customer demand. Still Riding pizza crusts are prepared in a separate part of the kitchen and ovens to limit cross-contamination. Kid-friendly

1712 Taraval St.


Price: $$

Gracias Madre

A Mexican restaurant with an emphasis on corn-based dishes, including tamales, rajas, tacos, and their signature elote (grilled corn rubbed with garlic, chipotle crema and cilantro).

Address: 2211 Mission St.


Price: $$

Rainbow Grocery

A food co-op featuring a wide selection of Bay Area artisanal foods with goods from more than 26 different wheat-free bakeries. Try options from Crave Bakery, a San Francisco gluten-free, lactose-free bakery that sells fun selections like lemon, pumpkin and apple frangipane tarts.

1745 Folsom St.


Price: $-$$

Ristorante Bacco

Corn and rice pastas are available with any Bacco sauces, along with homemade gluten-free bread.

737 Diamond St.


Price: $$$

Spin City Launderette & Coffee Bar

This hidden gem in the Noe Valley section of San Francisco has a café serving Blue Bottle coffee, interesting teas and a selection of gluten-free and vegan snacks.

1299 Sanchez St.


Price: $


Vietnamese-fusion cuisine with unusual gluten-free options, like fried calamari with cilantro-lime dipping sauce. Gluten-free menu available.

4039 18th St.


Price: $$-$$$

In Berkeley/Oakland


Creative Indian cuisine, one of Alice Waters’ favorite restaurants. Extensive gluten-free and dairy-free options.

1888 Solano Ave., Berkley


Price: $$

Bobby G’s Pizzeria

With vegan options and fresh, organic toppings, this is more than your average pizzeria. Mariposa Bakery’s gluten-free crusts are prepared in a dedicated area of the kitchen.

2072 University Ave., Berkeley


Price: $$

Café Rustica

Pizza with a gluten-free rice crust costs an extra $5. Gluten-free brownies also available.

5422 College Ave., Oakland


Price: $$


Fully green and organic with vegan options. All gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items are marked on the frequently changing seasonal menu. Great outdoor patio dining available.

2200 Oxford St., Berkeley


Price: $$-$$$

Mariposa Bakery Cafe

Enjoy gluten-free sandwiches, pizza and fresh pastas. Take home fresh, gluten-free bagels, baguettes, rolls, crostini, croutons, breads and more. Gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options. Open daily for lunch.

5427 Telegraph Ave., Unit D3, Oakland

510-595-0955, mariposabakingcom

Price: $$

In Napa Valley

The French Laundry

Considered by many to be the number one restaurant in America, this is the ultimate splurge. With advance notice of your allergy, a special tasting menu will be made. House-made gluten-free bread so light, it’s almost too good to be true. Reservations required (two months in advance).

6640 Washington St., Yountville


Price: $$$$+

In Palo Alto/Menlo Park

Calafia Café and Market

A prime example of California cuisine, with separate vegetarian and “meat eaters” menus, this slow food restaurant marks all gluten-free and dairy free items on its menus.

Town & Country Village Ste 130,

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


Price: $$-$$$


Greek restaurant with classics like chicken and lemon potatoes and grilled fish. Rustic space with wood-fire grill provides a welcoming ambiance. Very accommodating to allergic dining needs.

420 Emerson St., Palo Alto


Price: $$$


Modern Indian cuisine with conscientious servers and a menu labeled with gluten-free options.

150 University Ave., Palo Alto


Price: $$$

Ristorante Mataro

Eat in at this modern Italian restaurant with extensive gluten-free offerings, including pasta and pizza. Or order gluten-free pizza to-go in a real “pizza box.”

827 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park


Price: $$$

In Sacramento/Davis (80-90 miles out)

Farmer’s Kitchen Café

An entirely gluten-free, casein-free restaurant serving local organic produce. Chicken noodle soup with local organic escarole, house-made pasta and free range, organic poultry. Gluten-free bread, croutons, hamburger buns and cookies all available to go. Closes at 6:30 pm daily.

624 4th St., Davis


Price: $$

Gluten-Free Specialty Market

An entire market with nothing but gluten-free items on the shelves. A plethora of options for casein-free, corn-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher, low sodium and low glycemic.

2612 J St., Sacramento


Price: $-$$

Sugar Plum Vegan Café

Completely vegan café and bakery with a large selection of gluten-free and soy-free treats. Staff is sensitive to other allergy needs and accommodating to raw food diets. Cash only.

2315 K St., Sacramento


Price: $$

Eateries with gluten-free options are often accommodating of food allergies. Always call

ahead and then double-check with the manager upon arrival regarding your particular food sensitivities or allergies.

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