Vegan. Very sensitive to gluten. I love to cook.
2451 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
I don't think this place is safe for celiacs. There's a list of menu items that don't contain gluten ingredients, but they're not cooked separately and no one was aware of any precautions being taken when I asked. I ate here pre-celiac and loved it but I can't trust it now. I will stop in occasionally for a milkshake, though. Those are safe for me still, and delicious.
1730 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
New review: they have bread on the menu so I've been very leery about coming here as frequently as we used to. I'm careful to stress that we are glutenfree and I haven't been glutened. You can get the bread items gf by using a dehydrated "live bread" but it's not a sandwich, just a pile of food. Desserts are still great though. Old review: I nearly cried when I tasted my first bite from Cafe Gratitude. Glutenfree, vegan, AND amazing? It was so delicious, I went back the next day and ate there again. The ratatouille was magical. The chocolate coconut pie with a side of caramel sauce makes the world a better place. I loved enjoying a delicious ethical meal that made me feel physically amazing after. No gluten! I can't wait to go back!
366 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Delicious Ethiopian food with vegan options. Make sure to say you're gluten free because they serve two kinda of injera (one is all teff and one contains gluten). Love the vegan sampler with vegan shiro. They recently started charging $1 per gf injera (about 4 rolls), which adds about $5 to a gf meal for two. I don't approve of this celiac tax and wish they'd just make the whole place gf and raise the prices a bit. It'd be more authentic (all teff injera) and safer for celiacs.
5427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
This is hands down the best sandwich bread I've ever had. Really everything so far has been delicious. I am glad to have vegan options but I'm surprised at how much dairy they use... Why no Daiya cheese for pizzas? Sometimes I feel like the vegan options are an afterthought, like those options just happen to be vegan. Why no vegan "rye" bread? I love this place and am glad I've never gotten sick, but the luster has worn off a bit (oh, the privilege of being so near to a truly gf bakery!) and now I'd like to see more vegan options. Also, I recently found a giant hair in a yummy tart and it really bummed me out.
1901 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tasty cheap South Indian food. TWO FOOT DOSA! Medu vada (lentil donuts)! Oh my gosh I love this place.
3814 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
Super cheap Indian food, clearly marked safe menu items, pretty big vegan menu. Usually fire hot, although spice levels are a bit unpredictable. The tamarind sauce/chutney is delicious and you get a huge bottle for your table. The fry vats are separated by vegetarian and non-vegetarian, and even though the pakora is gluten free, it is fried with gluten items. NOT SAFE for celiacs. Papadum is imported, so they are unsure if it's gluten free. I have eaten here weekly for a long time and couldn't figure out where my low level contamination was coming from: it's the pakora. Maybe also papadum. I like the owner and I like the cheap food, but I broke my own rule about never trusting fried food in a restaurant and learned my lesson.
5885 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608
They told me they had no glutenfree soy sauce and could only season with salt for GF meals. If veg*n, there are NO menu items that are both GF and veg.
234 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
This place has a great selection of packaged and local treats. The prices are high but the owners care about ethical distributors and aren't going thru the same bulk suppliers as whole foods & the like. Plus they know everything about the products they sell and I've been able to sample goodies before I bought them. Their new location has a HUGE step to get into the store now, which makes it less accessible. I use a wheelchair a lot of the time, so that big step is just a big bummer. Also because the selection is so huge in such a small space, I worry about knocking stuff over (especially if I wing it and walk around, as I can be unsteady). For ablebodied celiacs, this place is heaven. But I have to take off a star for the loss of accessibility. Their old location was all one level, easy entranceway, and manageable parking.
1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
This place is not as glutenfree as they claim. They use normal soy sauce with wheat as an ingredient and try to trick you with that "10ppm" BS. They told me its less than FDA allowable gluten but there aren't even any FDA standards (yet). It took way too many questions to figure out why they kept saying "no detectable gluten" when I was asking about the soy sauce. (they also would not show me the package or ingredients list.) We were visiting from out of town, and I was starving, so we stayed anyway. They do have some menu items that are made without soy sauce and vegan, and we ended up having a safe (if mediocre) meal. The portions are huge and could be shared. The cashier we had was very helpful and patient and understood my concerns. But the help she was getting from another employee was frustrating and I caught that employee giving an "oh well, who cares?" shrug and smirk to our cashier when the cashier was doubting her suggestions for us. It made me feel unsafe. (this was in regards to a side dish we ordered, so I just opted not to eat that when it arrived.) This place should be using wheat-free soy sauce if they're going to actually be glutenfree.
833 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This place is amazing. I love their employees. The manager is highly educated and aware of minimizing contamination and trains people to be meticulous. I've never once had a problem with their pizza, which is amazing because I can't even walk into a bakery these days. The crust is delicious, but full of refined flour, so I can't overdo it without feeling a little over-starched. (this is also a plus or else I'd eat here every day!) The tomato and marinara sauces are to die for. The veggie toppings are fresh and delicious. They take care of problems promptly and graciously. But in over a year of regular pizza parties, I've never ONCE been glutened.
5633 Bay St., Emeryville, CA 94608
It's kinda hit or miss... I never had any gluten in food, but I've had other allergens (egg), and the food is never particularly good. The last time I ate there, my whole family was sick. They're not celiacs, so I think it may have been food poisoning. Haven't been back. :(