Vegan. Very sensitive to gluten. I love to cook.
1700 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350
If you're here, just go around the corner to Sprouts instead. Their stuff is often outdated and it's always freezer burned. Don't trust the bulk bins (this is true anywhere), but the guy who manages that section will scoop you out fresh stuff from the stock bins. It's mostly a vitamin shop, not a food shop.
2625 Coffee Road # V, Modesto, CA 95355
They advertise gf options, but they're catering to the fad diet crowd, not celiacs. There are gf baked goods in the same case as gluten baked goods.They do carry some average priced gf pastas, but everything is dusty and old. I bought some Nugo bars that were waxy and ancient. The employees are friendly enough but it's awkward when they clearly think gf is a fad and not a medical necessity for some of us. Great price on George's Aloe Vera Juice, though, which is my glutening treatment, so that's a plus.
1700 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95350
Wish they carried more gf vegan products but this is the best selection in the area.
4120 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356
Meh. Most of the items in their freezer section are outdated. I mentioned this on two different occasions and they're still in the freezer. There's a mediocre selection of shelf stable foods, like pretzels and cookies. Plus they carry Dandies vegan marshmallows.
1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
My review from a year or so ago disappeared so here it is again: 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.
2170 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I called this place ahead of time to inquire about gf vegan options... I wasn't expecting much, and my options were very limited, but I was able to safely eat black bean soup and a veggie paella, with sorbet for dessert. I shared these with someone else, so if there was cc, I must not have eaten enough to get sick (I'm very sensitive so I think the food was safe enough though). I'm not sure what's in the meats and sauces but I did okay with the two vegan items I tried. Anything fried is definitely not safe there (bummer-- I wanted plantains). The mojito was tasty, too. The staff was kind and attentive, and the manager popped over once to make sure we were okay. I will be careful if I ever go back, since someone else was cc'd just a couple weeks before I was there. 4 stars because it was safe for me but minus one star because of the lack of variety.
791 Foam St, Monterey, CA 93940
All vegan facility with a mostly gf menu. Corn tortillas can be subbed for anything and they're homemade, so I don't know why anyone would want wheat tortillas anyway! The fish tacos are gluten, but the other meats are soy-free mushroom-based or soy-based. Daiya cheese, but not too much-- this food doesn't need to be drowned in cheese anyway. Refried beans were delicious. Wish I'd had room for dessert!
8966 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
This is the only place/chain with a buffet I trust. Tons of gf salad dressings. I only trust the salads, not the hot food. There was a gf muffin option but it was right next to the gluten muffins :(
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 (his cousin has celiac). 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. I moved out of the area and miss them very much. I don't trust other locations like I trust this one.
2911 North Tegner Road, Turlock, CA 95380
I'd call it "It's Mediocre." There's a few items I have a hard time sourcing elsewhere, but for the most part, they just sell a lot of lousy glutenfree stuff that's close to its expiration date. I was psyched to find a couple new products but they ended up being terrible. I used to shop at Gluten Free Grocer in SF and the employees there could personally vouch for (and describe) the products sold. At this place, I asked about one product and the cashier couldn't answer any questions. Also this place sells products I've been glutened from before.
3250 Dale Road, Modesto, CA 95356
They have gf pasta that's trustworthy. But for the most part, unless it's fresh or frozen veggies, I don't trust their "no glutenfree ingredients" labels on their foods. I've been glutened by some of their products.
1407 Standiford Ave, Modesto, CA 95350
Shaved ice with homemade flavor syrups. GF/DF, vegan. No corn syrup! Tons of fun flavors. Also has ice cream for those who like dairy. Coffee and tea. Homemade kettle corn that's always warm and delicious. Cheap and fun snack or dessert spot. Better than ice cream on a hot day!
4467 D Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
This place says there's plant-based options, but they've all got eggs and dairy (and a lot of it!) ...even the "vegan pad Thai" contains eggs. Ridiculous.
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.
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. :(