Straw is a new restaurant in Hayes Valley with a great gluten free menu and a rather unusual theme: carnival fare. While you may envision their patrons consuming fried sugary treats, the menu at Straw is decidedly gourmet. Straw cleverly uses the carnival theme as inspiration for menu items like truffle oil popcorn and”carny” sandwiches on gf bread: think salami and brie with apricot preserves, or sharp cheddar with honey baked ham. So far I’ve only had Straw’s brunch, which actually does not yet have it’s own gf menu. Despite this fact, the waiters are very knowledgeable about cross contamination and let me know that several of the brunch dishes were naturally gluten free, or easily modified to be. I ordered “Wilber’s Revival” which was a braised pork hash (they subbed potatoes for the creamy grits…not sure why the grits weren’t gf). Served with gluten free toast, this meal was not only delicious, but reasonably priced. I will definitely be back to try their gluten free dinner menu in the near future. Its exciting that a restaurant this creative is doing gluten free food from the start. Stay tuned.
203 Octavia Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94102