The Gluten Free Reviewer Grocery located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco has an impressive selection of gf products that’ll revolutionize your pantry. A cross between a grocery store and a MOMA gift shop, the eccentric space houses over 600 gluten free items including local baked goods, specialty Asian products, raw food snacks, hard to find pasta brands (including a local company that does gf egg noodles), in addition to many of our well known favorites. I was baffled by the selection; There’s half a wall dedicated to sauces, dressings, and condiments.

Endless gluten free snacking options, flour mixes, a freezer full of unique baked goods, and unusual items like gluten free gnocchi are all available at the newly opened market, and they’re expanding their product selection daily. Stop in for groceries or linger over an espresso at this amazing new resource to the gluten free community. The open aire, artsy vibe of this Dogpatch specialty shop is a welcome variation from your typical supermarket trip.

Gluten Free Grocery
234 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107

 

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
 

California based chain, zpizza has mastered a fantastic recipe for crispy gluten free pizza crust and their topping combinations are pretty special too. Accommodating both vegan and gluten free customers, zpizza offers vegan cheese (that’s also gf), organic tomato sauce and a full ingredient list to ensure the order fits your dietary requirements.  My favorite was the “Tuscan”, a pizza made with roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, truffle oil, and topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms. For a fresh, vegetable lover’s pizza, the “California” is a perfect choice. Gluten free crusts come in both small and large sizes, pictured above are both smalls: plenty for two people with a couple slices leftover to take to-go. Zpizza has locations across the country, but the health savvy chain is fairly new to San Francisco and another one just opened in Petaluma. It’s great to have a reliably good gluten free pizza crust not only at multiple locations in the bay area, but also available all over the states.

*Although zpizza does not claim to be a gluten free environment, precautions are taken to isolate ingredients and avoid cross contamination.

833 Mission Street, Suite C
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 995-5552

 

I’ve previously exalted The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen for serving up perfect house made gluten free bread, but somehow until this morning it hadn’t dawned on me: the place serves breakfast sandwiches. If you’re gluten free, you know how hard it is to get your hands on anything other then eggs, yogurt, or fruit when getting breakfast on the go. Sometimes being deprived  from bread in the morning can mean starvation by 11am. If you’re in the neighborhood, do everything in your power to stop at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen for a perfectly crafted gluten free egg and cheese sandwich.

Pictured above: “Breakfast Piglet” sharp cheddar, artisan cured ham, egg, and rosemary butter on gluten free bread.

1 South Park Ave.
Suite 103A
San Francisco, 94107

 

Described as a multidimensional dining experience, Source pulls out all the stops to make vegetarian food appeal to the masses while still maintaining their focus on healthy, high quality organic ingredients. The best part? A good portion of the menu is gluten free. With dishes ranging from masala dosa to truffle mac n’ cheese (vegan option available too), Source incorporates many different genres of cuisine to best suit any vegetarian’s craving. Gluten free folks, you’ll have a hard time choosing between options like spicy Asian rice noodles and sir fries, crispy pizza or veggie dosas, pasta primavera in addition to fresh salads and raw food items. Their menu is clearly marked with gluten free symbols. Don’t forget your vegan brownie bite on the way out the door!

11 Division St.  @ Deharo

San Francisco, CA

(415) 864-9000

 

Potrero Hill may not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind as having the city’s most buzzed about restaurants, but the hilltop community houses a number of neighborhoody cafes and upscale eateries that are undeniably worth the cruise across town (or for me, a jaunt up the hill). Over the past couple of years that I’ve called Potrero home, it’s been exciting to discover the gluten free awareness popping up here and there among the handful of restaurants that line 18th street. My most recent find? gluten free crusts at Goat Hill Pizza. As Potrero’s oldest restaurant, the locally owned pizza place has developed a loyal following since its humble beginnings back in the 1970’s. On the nights we’d stroll past this neighborhood favorite to get sushi, I’d hold my breath. I just couldn’t bare inhaling the intoxicating pizza smell whose heavenly aroma spans half the block. After recently getting wind that Goat Hill now serves gluten free crusts supplied by Mariposa Bakery, I headed straight to the once forbidden restaurant and without hesitation waltzed through the door and ordered up one of the best gf pizzas I’ve had.  Above pizza looks small, but was plenty for two. I was told measures are taken to avoid any cross contamination.

300 Connecticut Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2816

(415) 641-1440
 

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.