Mariposa’s brand new bakery in the Ferry Building opened just over a month ago. The 100% gluten free cafe expanded from a small kiosk offering a limited selection of their Oakland bakery’s treats into a full fledged gourmet gluten free bakery. With a wide variety of baked goods ranging from bagels and baguettes to apple tarts and donuts, Mariposa has every single craving covered. After oogling at their gorgeous spread and then selecting some fresh treats, pick up one of their classic frozen pizza crusts, ravioli, or gnocchi from the freezer.

Mariposa’s Ferry Building Cafe serves both breakfast and lunch items like fresh sandwiches (egg salad, tuna, or veggie) and personal sized quiches. It’s rare to be able to grab a gluten free sandwich on the go, much less eat it looking over the beautiful bay and then finish it off with a fresh baked cookie. Mariposa’s new cafe is a real asset to the gluten free community of San Francisco.

 

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.

 

An irresistible assortment of hand crafted baked goods, eclectic confections and vintage wrapped candies can be found at Miette Confiserie. Though Miette is not a gluten free bakery there are plenty of sweets for gluten intolerant customers to delight themselves with, their most noteworthy being the Parisian macaron. Containing egg whites, powdered sugar, ground almonds, hazelnuts, or pistachios, the macarons are filled with a rich  buttercream rendering them naturally free of gluten ingredients.  Unique flavors like rose geranium, chocolate-orange, and hazelnut make Miette’s macarons a must-try for anyone gone gf. Find the macarons along with other sweets at any of their 3 locations in San Francisco listed below.

*Please note: Although precautions are taken to eliminate any chance of cross contamination, Miette preps their macarons on shared equipment and cannot guarantee their won’t be trace amounts of gluten.

Locations:

449 Octavia Street, San Francisco -(415) 626-6221

2109 Chestnut Street, San Francisco -(415) 837-0300

# 10, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco -(415) 837-0300

 

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

 

More times than not, organic and vegetarian friendly restaurants also cater to the gluten free crowd. The Plant Cafe Organic offers dishes inspired by fresh, organic ingredients on a menu that specifies gluten free and vegetarian items with a little (gf) or (v). A variety of unique salads, seasonal entrees, and desserts should excite any gluten free customer. There are several delicious seafood dishes, most notably the seared scallops in a coconut lime reduction. I also enjoyed their cornmeal and pumpkin seed encrusted tempeh with coconut mashed yam. To finish your meal, try their exceptional vegan raspberry cheesecake.

With two locations in San Francisco, The Plant Cafe Organic is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Pier 3 -Embarcadero, San Francisco  

(415) 984-1973

3352 Steiner Street, San Francisco
(415) 931-2777

 

Farm Fresh to You is one of the Bay Area’s best CSA programs. I’ve become addicted to the $25 10lb fruit and vegetable box arriving bi-weekly with an exciting array of organic produce that was harvested less then 48 hours before being delivered to my doorstep. Having 10 or 20 pounds of vegetables dropped off at your home weekly or biweekly may seem like a daunting prospect. However, when you have the flexibility of excluding vegetables you may not care for, or that you grow in your own garden, using all of the items in your box becomes less of a challenge. Between 2 people, the 10lb’s of FFTY produce is typically polished off within 5 days. Another plus is that FFTY allows customers to cancel or postpone their service at any point in time. The website makes it easy to control your orders and check what items will be included in your box for the week, so that you can plan your grocery and farmers’ market purchases accordingly.

Featured: Produce from the November 2nd 10lb “small mixed fruit and veggie” box.

*Check out their gourmet grocery store in the Ferry Building.

 

Mariposa Gluten Free Baking Co. is the go-to bakery in the Bay Area for everything gluten-free. With two locations, and products sold at local grocery stores, their baked goods are readily accessible to the region. Mariposa houses their widest range of handmade GF baked goods at their Oakland location on Telegraph Ave – an exclusively gluten free facility. Many of their items are dairy free and even vegan: each product is typically labeled accordingly.

Baked fresh in Oakland are a variety of GF treats such as cinnamon rolls, brownies, vegan penguino’s (GF version of a twinkie), cupcakes, cheesecake bites, and tea loaves. On the savory side, they serve up some amazing foccacia bread, vegetarian quiche, pre-made paninis, and fresh gnocchi. Take note of their daily baking schedule so you can pick up the freshest breads or pizza crusts. Also be sure to also check their freezer for gluten free ravioli, pre-made pizzas, french baguettes, bagels, and cakes. If you cant make it to the East Bay, Mariposa has a kiosk in the Ferry Building stocked daily with a great selection of fresh baked goods and freezer items. They’re Open 7 days a week at both locations.

Featured Lunch Item: Salami sandwich with roasted mediterranean spread served on a french baguette. (Only at their Ferry Building location.)

Featured Sweets: Coconut Creme Cupcake (Served only in their Oakland location).

5427 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

(510) 595-0955