Zadin is a restaurant that’s been abuzz in the gluten free community for quite some time and their contemporary take on Vietnamese cuisine shouldn’t be missed. Clear gf indications are placed on the menu and waiters are knowledgeable about substitutions, allowing gluten free and vegetarian customers to order with ease. Along with several gf entrees, there are a number of excellent pho noodle bowls and appetizers to choose from, most notably the fried fish spring rolls. The soft rice paper rolls are filled with crispy fried fish, thin rice noodles, and fresh mint, they’re accompanied by a tangy dipping sauce; this dish (pictured above) is sure to make you a repeat customer.

4039 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 626-2260
 

Out The Door is the popular offshoot of San Francisco’s renown restaurant, Slanted Door. With a gorgeous new location in the heart of the Fillmore neighborhood, Out The Door is upping the ante. Their original to-go style cafés located in the ferry building and Westfield shopping plaza offer excellent gluten free friendly Vietnamese noodle dishes, spring rolls, and rice bowls that boast organic, local ingredients. With Out The Door’s newly opened restaurant location, you can find inspired variations on those tasty takeout dishes in a more elegant setting. For the gluten free crowd, their wait staff is knowledgeable about which dishes are safe (at the ferry building location they have a list of menu items that contain common allergens). Our waiter directed us to the beef pho and five spice chicken dish, served with thin rice noodles (had to be modified to be gf by omitting a soy sauce marinade). Both meals were exceptionally flavorful, in part because of their seasonal, fresh ingredients. For any trained gluten intolerant eater, you know that finding great Vietnamese food can sometimes be a challenge due to the common use of commercial soy sauce and hoisin sauce (both contain wheat). With restaurants like Out The Door, gluten free folk  aren’t left with a plate of plain rice and steamed vegetables. Instead, we can share in the fun of slurping down a bowl of spicy noodles with all of the traditional flavors intact.

 

San Francisco favorite The Slanted Door combines elegant Vietnamese cuisine with the slow food movement, providing its customers with a memorable dining experience on the piers overlooking San Francisco Bay.  The Slanted Door gets a lot of gluten free buzz, so when I finally had the foresight to make a reservation (the wait list is usually a couple weeks for a weekend dinner) I was pretty excited.  Unfortunately the restaurant does not provide a gluten free menu, but the kitchen is “very familiar” with accommodating the gluten free diet and waiters are knowledgeable about which menu options are safe/can be modified to be gf. With a menu mostly laden with soy sauce, and no wheat free tamari in the kitchen, the options are limited.

Of the three gf menu items I tried, my favorite was the shrimp spring rolls served with a spicy dipping sauce (their peanut sauce is not gf so they provided another option). Although the view was unbeatable and the food was undeniably good, I had higher hopes for a more distinctive plate of food. I’m glad The Slanted Door is in the know about gf food prep, but I wish they would tailor a few gluten free items to be equally as inspired as the rest of their menu.

For a quick lunch, try their take out cafe, Out the Door. Ask for the ingredient list as many of their menu items are gf and quite good. Both locations are in the Ferry Building.

Featured Dishes: Caramelized Wild Gulf Shrimp, Grass-fed Estancia Shaking Beef,  Slanted Door Spring Rolls. (All were slightly modified to be gf).

Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 861-8032