2730 E. Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Besides the long wait for our food, everything was delicious. In fact, BJ’s gluten free pizza was one of the best Kris and I ever had. The salads weren’t outstanding, typical restaurant starter salads. I got the House Salad with Italian dressing while Kris had the Wedge Salad. But the pizza was SO good. Thin crust with melt-y fontina cheese topped with sweet caramelized onions and grilled Portobello mushrooms. Gosh I want some right now! Now for the Pizookie! I personally loved it, but that’s because I have a major sweet tooth, actually Kris calls it an extreme sweet tooth :P hehehe. The Pizookie was a bit overcooked, but I’m not complaining. It was a great deal for the two of us to fill our tummies with some quality gfree pizza.
1986 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Turkish Kitchen, on Shattuck Ave, is one of the only places in Berkeley where tasty Med food is combined with great deals. Plus, lots of their platters are gfree since most of them consist of rice and meat with some salad on the side. I ordered the Chicken Doner (a pretty safe choice for a gfee eater). The plate came with chicken carved from a giant hanging slab of meat together with steaming rice, fresh greens and dipping sauce. In terms of taste, I would say, you get what you pay for. The chicken was a little too salty for me and the greens had no dressing so it felt like I was eating leaves... But overall, the taste was decent for what I paid (which wasn't much) so I didn't feel like I was cheated. Perhaps, other plates would be more tasty, but I'm not sure if I'm 100% willing to go back and try. Ambiance was pleasant and service was attentive. If you're looking for cheap Med food I would try here. Just ask ahead of time for the sauces and if you have any questions about particular dishes that you're not sure are gfree or not.
2598 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
I recently went to try a Nepalese/Indian place, called Mt. Everest, with a good coworker of mine for my last day of work before heading home. The restaurant was located on a street corner on Telegraph. The outside looks unspectacular but the food more than made up for the lack of outdoor decor. Since this was my first time trying Nepalese food, I decided to ask the wait staff what they would recommend to order. They sure weren't expecting that I was going to give them the extra challenge of picking something that was gfree! Even though the wait staff were unaware of what gluten was and gluten free dishes, I kindly explained to them what I could and could not eat and based on that, they were able to recommend some dishes for me to order. I ended up ordering one of Mt.Everest's monthly specials, a delicious and exploding-with-flavor mango chicken swimming in a sea of sweet mango chutney with a side of basmati pea rice with cumin. I must say my taste buds were VERY happy with this dish! Did I forget to mention this dish was organic too? I'm sure that could be one of the reasons why it tasted so good! :) Also, one more thing I wanted to add was that the waitstaff gave our table some free appetizer! The appetizer were these lightly salted crispy rice chips called, Papadum, which I later researched are traditional crackers that usually accompany a meal in India. The crackers are made from chickpeas, rice flour, black gram, and lentils; all gfree! Props to the waitstaff for making my first experience here great! I will definitely be back to try some new dishes!
1983 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Berkeley has many unique ethnic restaurants that are an absolute must to try if in the area. One such restaurant is, without a doubt, Brasil Cafe. Brasil Cafe is a small space (and by small, I mean you walk in and it's literally a square!) Despite the small space, the flavor is certainly not small in size! When you first walk in, the atmosphere makes you feel as if you have been transported out of the city and into a colorful, vibrant Latino world. Paintings of parrots and rainbow tablecloths adorn the room making you feel as if you really are in some part of Brazil! Since I've been here before, I already knew their signature dishes, in particular, their tri-tip. Per my suggestion, our table ordered the tri-tip rice bowl, a chicken rice bowl, and a pork carnitas rice bowl. (So much rice!! haha). We also ordered something extra special called, pao de queijo, which are these deliciously crispy but soft cheese puffs made of tapioca flour, that are, you guessed it, absolutely gluten free!
1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Located in the Gourmet Ghetto district, Masses's Pastries was super busy as usual. When we got there, the bakery was so full that the line was practically out the door! (If this isn't an indicator as to how good these desserts are, then I don't know what is!) If there was any downside to this bakery, I would say that it's a bummer that not all of its baked creations are gfree. However, there are still options that us gfreer's can enjoy and hopefully if more and more people request for gfree items, they may start making more! Out of all the baked items that they had, the only gluten free desserts were the pistachio sandwich cake with wild strawberries and pistachio flavored cream, a flourless chocolate cake, and the macaroons (made with almond flour). The macaroon flavors included cool flavors like salted caramel, pistachio, raspberry, and violet! We ended up ordering everything except the chocolate cake since we had tried something similar to it before.
2985 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
The cozy Greek restaurant called, Troy. Located on College Ave, Troy was quite a trek for us on foot, but the walk was definitely worth it! Troy has a warm, welcoming interior with two levels: the bustling, loud entryway and the more private upstairs seating. Arriving at the restaurant, the three of us opted to sit upstairs near a table by the open balcony. The gentle breeze blowing in from outside, the mouthwatering smells rising up from the kitchen as well as the jovial Greek folk melody playing in the background put us all in the mood to eat! Chicken Souvlaki, a naturally gfree dish with grilled chicken cubes on a skewer, grilled zucchini and eggplant, a roasted tomato, yellow rice, and a deliciously creamy tzatziki yogurt sauce. The dish originally comes with pita bread, but of course, we had to opt out of it. Nevertheless, the food was amazing and the waitstaff were all very attentive!
2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Gourmet ice cream from Ici's is simply the best! Every student at Berkeley knows or has made the trip to eat Ici's gourmet ice cream at least once. With their "Flavors of the Day", you can be sure to never try the same flavor twice! Ici's boasts interesting flavors like candied bacon, pink peppercorn, and earl grey but also classics like chocolate, pistachio, and vanilla. For fruit lovers, they also serve Santa rosa plum and melon. The best part is that most if not all of their flavors are completely gluten free! Plus, they also have handmade gluten free cones with a chocolate plug at the bottom. Ice cream really can't get better than this!