Sensitive Stomach? Dine Where the Golden Gate is Gluten-Free

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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What's the deal with gluten? For a myriad of reasons, some hard to pin down, this simple protein is getting a bad rap for being the meanest bully on the food block. Gluten-free diets are all the craze: celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Al Roker are forsaking the protein, and there's even a Gluten Free Expo in Sandy, Utah that drew thousands and thousands of eager devotees. 

But for those who have the rare disease called celiac, the choice to go gluten-free has nothing to do with fads, celebrities, or expos. Since their bodies can't tolerate gluten, which is a protein found in rye, wheat and barley, they have to avoid it all...  Read more »

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    The Plant - Cafe Organic

    The Plant did not just jump on the gluten-free train. They are the conductor, not the caboose.

    Local Expert Tip: "The SFO location serves a Quinoa Bowl that will make you the envy of everyone on your return flight home."

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    Pica Pica

    Everything on Pica Pica's delicious menu is 100% gluten free.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a small space with limited seating, so get your food to go during busy hours."

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    Saha is extremely conscious of its food selection and doesn't treat "gluten-free" as just a trend.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cutting edge California cuisine for the serious foodie."

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    Grub is the best late-night, gluten-free option in San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "The pomme-frites with truffle salt are legendary."

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    • Cuisine: Vegetarian
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: The Tenderloin

    Millenium is on the forefront of the "gluten-free" movement.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you enjoy your visit to Millenium, buy one of their fantastic cookbooks to take home with you."

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    When a restaurant claims they are a "temple of dining," you know you're in good hands.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their list of organic beer and wine."

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    Slanted Door

    Slanted Door isn't just a fantastic gluten-free option. It's arguably the most popular restaurant in San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Leave time to explore the Ferry Building, the amazing location of this fine restaurant."

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    The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

    It's really surprising just how good the gluten-free sandwiches are here.

    Local Expert Tip: "The line for lunch can be very long, so try to go during off hours if you're in a hurry."

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    Pacific Catch San Francisco - Marina

    If you want your fish dinner to be gluten-free, Pacific Catch is the best choice.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pacific Catch teams up with many local charities, so you can feel good about where you're spending your money."

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    DOSA on Valencia

    If you want gluten-free but not spicy or exotic-free, try DOSA.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Valencia location int he always hoppin' Mission District can be very busy."



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