The Big GF: 50 Downright Delicious Gluten-Free Eats in San Francisco
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The Big GF: 50 Downright Delicious Gluten-Free Eats in San Francisco


For folks required to (or attempting to) eat gluten-free, dining out in some parts of the country can be a challenge. But San Francisco is a smorgasbord for the GF food lover, with delicious options on nearly every menu. From world-class pizza to sourdough bread to fried calamari, here's our list of what to eat when you're dining sans wheat (and barley and rye) in the city.

Please note that only a few of the following 50 restaurants and shops are entirely sans gluten, but most know how to help you mine the menu for the safe stuff (and many will go out of their way to avoid potential cross-contamination). Menus and recipes change frequently and not all ingredients are listed, so be sure to tell your server you're gluten-free and confirm your selections are safe before ordering.

1. Tea Leaf Salad @Burma Superstar, 309 Clement St.,

2. Tuna Poke @ Liholiho Yacht Club, 871 Sutter St.,

3. Pork & Shrimp Imperial Rolls @ Out the Door, 1 Ferry Building,

4. Chicken Hash with Eggs (hold the toast) @ Ella's, 500 Presidio Ave.,

5. S+S Beet Burger @ Seed + Salt, 2240 Chestnut St.,

6. Pancakes @ Little Gem, 400 Grove St,

7. Rotisserie Chicken @ Nopa, 560 Divisadero St.,

8. Tuna Sashimi @ Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St.,

9. Grilled Monterey Bay Calamari @ Delfina, 3621 18th St.,

10. Fried Chicken (w/ cornbread) @ Firefly, 4288 24th St.,

11. Octapodaki tou Yiorgou (grilled octopus) @ Kokkari, 200 Jackson St.,

12. Spicy Mung Masala Dosa @ Dosa on Fillmore, 1700 Fillmore St.,

13. Smoked Mount Lassen Trout @ Alta SF, 1420 Market St.,

14. Mussels Marinière @ Chez Maman, 1401 18th St.,

15. Fried Calamari @ Scoma's, 1965 Al Scoma Way,

16. Any Sandwich @ Mariposa, 1 Ferry Building Plaza,

17. Josey Baker's Adventure Bread @ The Mill, 736 Divisadero St.,

18. Falafel Bowl (sans pita) @ Sababa, 329 Kearney St.,

19. Pizza! (Ask for GF crust) @ Tony's Pizza Napoletana, 1570 Stockton St.,

20. Prime Rib @ House of Prime Rib, 1906 Van Ness Ave.,

21. Chilaquiles @ Tacolicious, multiple locations,

22. Native Salad @ Native Juice Co, 168 Sutter St.,

23. Eggs Benedict "Pierre Noir" on GF bread @ Zazie, 941 Cole St,

24. Tamal de Acelgas Veracruzano @ Nopalito, multiple locations,

25. Caesar Salad (hold the croutons) @ Zuni, 1658 Market St.,

26. Roasted Sunchoke Soup @ SPQR, 1911 Fillmore St.,

27. Deviled Egg @ Octavia, 1701 Octavia St.,

28. Black Sesame & Sonoma Honey Ice cream on a GF Cone @ Bi-Rite Creamery, 3692 18th St.,

29. Squid Ink Risotto @ Acquerello, 1722 Sacramento St.,

30. Cassoulet @ Monsieur Benjamin, 451 Gough St.,

31. Verduras a la Catalana @ Coqueta, Pier 5, The Embarcadero,

32. Wood Oven Roasted Crushed Red Potato @ Boulevard, 1 Mission St.,

33. Rice Noodle With Shrimp (ask for GF soy sauce) @ Yank Sing, multiple locations,

34. Traditional Egg Hopper, 1601 Bar & Kitchen, 1601 Howard St.,

35. Seafood Cioppino (hold the garlic bread), Tadich Grill, 240 California St.,

36. Butterscotch and Chocolate Pot de Crème @ Town Hall, 342 Howard St.,

37. Hand-Picked Dungeness Crab Salad @ One Market Restaurant, 1 Market St.,

38. Raw Bar(ask for GF bread) @ Swan Oyster Depot, 1517 Polk St.,

39. Arepas @ Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, 401 Valencia St.,

40. Pho Ga @ Turtle Tower, 5716 Geary Blvd,

41. GF Vanilla Cupcake @ Kara's Cupcakes, 3249 Scott St.,

42. St. Louis Cut Ribs @ Cat's Head BBQ, 1665 Folsom St.,

43. Grilled Cheese on GF Bread @ The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 799 Battery St.,

44. Pad Thai @ Marnee Thai, 1243 9th Ave.,

45. Grilled Grass-Fed Lamb Chops @ Kitchen Istanbul, 349 Clement St.,

46. Honey Butter Toast on GF Bread @ Samovar Tea Lounge, 411 Valencia St.,

47. Bread SRSLY Sourdough @ Bi-Rate Market, 550 Divisadero St.,

48. Nana Joes Ocean Beach Granola Bar @ Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom St.,

49. Black Rice Pudding @ Kin Khao, 55 Cyril Magnin St.,

50. Pumpkin Curry @ Osha Thai, 686 Geary St.,

About the author: San Francisco native and sourdough lover Erika Lenkert is the founding editor of San Francisco's only national food magazine, GFF: Gluten-Free Forever. A longtime food critic and cookbook author, she had to go GF 17 years ago and continues to eat very, very well.

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