24-Hours in San Francisco, a Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Diary-Free,Â Allergen-Free Guide.
One of the best parts of my job is that I get the chance to travel quite often. My company is based in San Francisco, which means I’ve been able to get to know the city quite well during my frequent visits. After extensive research, I’ve narrowed down on my favorite allergy-friendly spots with gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free options to visit during my 24-hour jaunts.
My mornings always start with breakfast at Jane on Fillmore. Anyone who knows me is aware of my love (obsession) for Jane. I purposely choose to stay at a hotel that is walking distance from Jane as it truly transforms my mornings. True story. Jane was opened in 2011 by Chef Amanda Michael, and features house-made organic baked goods, organic salads, soups, and sandwiches. But let’s talk about their breakfast.
Let me introduce you to my favorite breakfast on the planet. I order the egg white sandwich (which comes with avocado, spinach,Â provolone cheese, and a dash of Sriracha) with no breadÂ and a side of the gluten-free quinoa bread accompanied by their in-house seasonal jam and honey butter. Can I just give a moment of thanks to a restaurant that allows me to order a sandwich with no bread and then a side of the bread I prefer? Thank you Jane for being so awesome and flexible. Now onto the next best thing: baked goods.
Typically when visiting a bakery that doesn’t specialize in gluten-free/allergy-free/vegan baked goods, you might be lucky to get a cookie or two that you can eat. Not at Jane. Behold the case of allergen-free baked goods. I’ve tried them all. My favorites are the vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, and the gluten-free banana bread. Heaven.
I always take a treat to-go after eating breakfast at Jane. How can you not? Please also note the breakfast cookie. Is there anything better? A final note on Jane: many of their baked goods contain nuts, so I wouldn’t recommend to those with a nut allergy, however you’re good to go if looking for a gluten-free or dairy-free treat.Â Moving onto lunch!
Roam is one of the best spots for a fast, healthy meal, focusing on the idea of “pasture to plate, with a focus on utilizing sustainable meats and produce.Â The Farmers Market Salad topped with three mini turkey burgers is one of my favorite choices for a light lunch.Â I usually order the salad without cheese, and with a side of sweet potato fries (because you can’t say no to sweet potato fries)! If you want something more filling, Roam offers beef, turkey, bison, veggie, and elk burgers, with the option of a gluten-free or lettuce wrap bun.Â There are two locations of Roam, but I typically visit the Fillmore Street location. With many dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options, there’s something for everyone.
For dinner, I love to head to The Mission District which has a variety of gluten-free options, however my favorite is Pica Pica. Their signature dish is the arepa, a signature of Venezuelan cuisine which is a grilled corn pocket crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and stuffed with your choice of slow-cooked meats, beans, plantains, cheese, or veggies. The entire kitchen is 100% gluten-free, and there are also no nuts on the menu for those with a nut allergy. I prefer eating cuisine that is naturally gluten-free as opposed to dishes that are made with modified flour ingredients, and Pica Pica fits the bill of being 100% naturally gluten-free.
I have a sweet tooth, and always want a treat after dinner. I usually head to FraicheÂ which serves up organic greek yogurt with artisanal toppings (gourmet chocolate, fresh fruit purees, and fresh fruit). My favorite is the organic chocolate topped with sliced almonds (I can indulge since I’m not with my nut-allergic husband)!
Fraiche usually offers four flavors of yogurt:Â chocolate, vanilla, a dairy-free option, and a fourth seasonal variety. The list of allergy-free options in San Francisco are endless, but I feel that I must mention another stop to add to your list: Mariposa SF Bakeshop.
I first stumbled upon Mariposa SF BakeshopÂ when staying across from their storefront in the Ferry Building. They have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, and are known far and wide for their incredible breads, baked goods, and cakes.
They also have special breakfast and lunch items for pick-up (chicken pot pie anyone)? While nuts, soy, and dairy are used in their kitchen, Mariposa has clearly labeling and lists the ingredients of all their products, with many nut-free, dairy-free, and soy-free options.
Cinnamon rolls! So beautiful and delicious. Make sure to visit Mariposa SF Bakeshop, you won’t be disappointed.
Typically finding food at the airport when dealing with food restrictions is an issue, but that’s not the case at the SFO Airport. Pictured above is an awesome art installation they have, so cool, right! I always make a beeline to Napa Farms Market, an artisan marketplace which celebrates the best of Northern Californiaâ€™s agricultural bounty in an airport. They offer a wide variety of vegan, gluten-free and downright decadent options.
I always go overboard, but the variety of healthy, allergen-free options is endless! Seasonal salads, gourmet chocolate and snacks, and gluten-free cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes? Incredible.
The best part? Wood-fired pizza with a gluten-free option. I’m sold.
I’ll be sharing a sequel post on Part 2 of my favorite San Francisco eats once I return from my next trip! Do you have any spots I should try?