In my experience, gluten free falafel is a rare find. Despite the fact the middle eastern dish is traditionally made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans, most restaurants use a mix of wheat flour to make theirs. Lucky for those of us on a gluten free diet, Liba Falafel Truck serves some outstanding gf falafels and circumnavigates the Bay Area on a weekly basis (be sure to check the website to find their locations).  Owner and operator Gail Lillian is happy to confess her falafels are gluten free and offers the entirely gf “falafel bowl” (3 of them on a bed of organic greens). The warm falafels are topped with a tangy Greek sauce and a variety of garnishes are available to add on yourself.  Most of the toppings are gf, but a chance of cross contamination is definitely possible due to the nature of their salad bar set up. Be sure to complete your order with Liba’s sweet potato fries, served with cilantro, garlic and lime.

Liba Falafel Truck is all about organic food, sourcing local produce,  and eco-friendly business practices like providing takeout boxes and utensils that are all compostable.  The best part is, Liba Falafel truck parks right in my neighborhood every Thursday afternoon- what a treat!


If you’ve been craving a fat bratwurst or crispy potato pancake since the day you were prescribed the gluten free diet, look no further then Speisekammer in Alameda, Ca.  This authentic German restaurant serves many of the native dishes and offers the letter G next to menu items that are gluten free (they also feature vegetarian dishes). Although you won’t be indulging in wiener schnitzel, you can partake in all sorts of wonderful German favorites like a grilled salmon fillet with a cucumber dill sauce, bratwurst served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, smoked trout, and my favorite, the potato pancakes with apple compote.  Speisekammer offers plenty of outdoor seating, making it a great lunch spot in the summer… their cozier dining room is just as enjoyable during winter months.

Featured Dishes: Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and Bratwurst Gegrillt (grilled pork sausages served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut)

2424 Lincoln Avenue Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 522-1300