More Gluten Free Paleo Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco – Eating out is a minefield of gluten contamination, rancid vegetable oils, pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones. So I put together this list to make eating out a little less scary. We all have to let our guard down a bit and know that we can not control everything all the time. I think people need a break sometimes and just let someone else do the cooking. I love to eat seasonal local, organic, grass fed, pastured meats that are free from vegetable oils and gluten. That is a tall order and these places fit most of the criteria. If you missed the first edition of my favorite restaurants click here. The best thing to do before eating out is to read about the restaurant on Yelp so you are not a deer in headlights when the waiter comes.
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More Gluten Free Paleo Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco
This place serves Niman Ranch Beef and Mary’s free range Rotisserie chicken. They have a make your own salad section of the menu where you pick your meat and veggies. I got the chili spiced rotisserie chicken, salsa, guacamole, salad, and sauteed zucchini squash. It was very flavorful, filling, and reasonably priced.
This place is so great because they have 100% Estancia grass fed beef burger. They are opening one more on the lovely 6th (being facetious) Street and Market soon. I just ask for my burger in a lettuce wrap cooked to medium. You can pick your own toppings which include an organic egg or guacamole. But you do not have to choose just one. They were chosen by Bobby Flay as the best burger in the Bay!
This is a make your own salad place that focuses on seasonal, local and organic food. There is some risk of gluten cross contamination here but they do use clean bowls and new tongs each time. They have five financial district locations and it is very reasonably priced for a lot of food. I like to go here if and when I ever make it to the financial district.
Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, Mission, Off the Grid, and Napa
This place is completely gluten free and is endorsed by several Celiac organizations. They have sandwiches made with homemade corn shells, so what I do is just ask for double meat and guacamole on a plate. You can add plantains or yucca fries to any dish if you feel like a carb binge. They have five types of homemade salsa and wonderful salads you can customize. They also focus on local sustainable food and have eco-friendly business practices. Check out the one in the Mission, or at Off the Grid at Fort Mason on Friday nights, and don’t forget my favorite at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
Boo Koo, Mill Valley, CA, Santa Cruz, CA
This used to be Charlie Hong Kong which has a gluten free menu and is one of my favorite places in Santa Cruz. It is still the same owner but it has a new name. I talked to the chef and he told me some items that are gluten free. They have a new salad called the Might Mint Salad which is gluten free. The lemon grass chicken and ginger beef are also gluten free. They use organic vegetables and gluten free Tamari soy sauce.
Bacco, Noe Valley
This place has a great cornish game hen, veal, or Pistachio Pork chop. They have gluten free pasta they can substitute in all of their dishes if you are feeling like a carb cheat. The manager is gluten free and recently overhauled the menu. I have not been here yet but I am hoping to try it soon because the reviews say they have excellent service and reasonable prices for the quality. It is one of the nicer sit down places on this list.
Z Pizza, Soma
I am not a fan of grains or excessive carbs but if you are really craving them I would rather you eat gluten free than flare up your immune system with wheat flour. This place has really good gluten free pizza at reasonable prices. Beware of soy sauce or teriyaky flavors that can be sources of more gluten.
Let’s Be Frank, Marina
These are 100% local grass fed hot dogs. You can add coleslaw, pastured cheddar cheese or Applewood Berkshire bacon. I just ask for no bun and some slaw and I am good to go.
*If you have severe gluten sensitivity cooking and eating at home with simple unprocessed food is probably the best way to avoid illness. Please check with the management of each establishment to be sure of current gluten practices.
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