May 192011

Celiacs and vegans are lining up for Homeroom, a grade school themed restaurant in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland that serves both gf and vegan mac n’ cheese. Using their special rice or quinoa pasta, Homeroom will boil up your gluten free noodles with their cheesy menu options such as aged Vermont cheddar, parmesan with cracked peppercorns, local chevre, or the classic all American (not all mac n’ cheese options are gf, so be sure to double check with your server). For vegans, a creamy roux topped with chopped walnuts is suitable to only wheat eaters as it contains a bit of soy sauce (there’s talk of switching to GF tamari). My vegan friends were pretty thrilled with their lunch. As for the gluten free version with real cheese, let’s just say I’ll definitely be back to Homeroom, a lot.

Homeroom is doing an awesome job catering to the gluten free and vegan community. I can definitely see this place expanding upon their gf and veg options, offering gluten free beer parings, gf bread crumbs, vegan chorizo, and of course, the gluten free/ vegan cheese option would be great.

400 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 597-0400


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