Simone Powers of Hot Spud has a great concept. Take a 12 oz. perfectly baked potato, offer a number of irresistible gluten free toppings, add some vegan choices and you’ve got a fast, healthy meal. Using organic produce when available, Hot Spud prides themselves on having a 90% gluten free menu, a rare find in the most touristy neighborhood in the city. But for anyone that finds Fisherman’s Wharf intolerable, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that Hot Spud is not on the main drag sandwiched between Alcatraz paraphernalia and stinky crab shacks. Instead, the potato joint sits quietly off of the beaten path appearing more like a sleek internet cafe then a place to buy a loaded baked potato.
At Hot Spud, gluten free options abound, leaving just two lowly items containing wheat: croutons and wonton strips (both salad toppings). Choose from a menu of unique baked potato fillers like the “shrimp spud” with chipotle tartar sauce, or “chicken spud” with hotwing sauce, green onions, corn, and sour cream. For vegans, build your own baked potato with their selection of veggie toppings, or try their “veggie spud” with sauteed mushrooms, onions, peas and broccoli- just be sure to specify to leave off the butter if you’re vegan. Don’t miss their housemade gluten free brownies baked with sweet potatoes.
2640 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94133