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The Ultimate Guide to Healthy(ish) Eats in San Francisco Bay Area


The Bay Area is a true foodie heaven. We are lucky to have access to the freshest ingredients pretty much year-round, and farmers come from all over Northern California to showcase their beautiful produce at our farmers markets.

But why is it so hard to find healthy-ish spots to eat and drink? We like to think we're at the cutting edge of cuisine, but often what's trending restaurant-wise doesn't satisfy our daily need for simple, casual, good-for-you food. So, I've spent a lot of time exploring and eating everywhere in order to find my own go-to spots. Say hello to your one-stop guide to healthy dining in San Francisco, from matcha and the perfect almond milk latte to delicious smoothies, bone broth, the OG toast spot, and the best salad around town.

This guide was edited and produced by Marin-based fitness and wellness guru Nicole Modic, aka Kale Junkie. Visit her site and follow her on Instagram.


Wildseed's Caponatina pizza.

(Courtesy of @wildseedsf)

Wildseed rolled up on the scene in 2019, and since then has been my absolute favorite plant-based restaurant in San Francisco. Their menu is extensive, and the food is out of this world, made with the freshest local produce—even the biggest carnivore in your life would be hard pressed not to fall in love with Wildseed. They also have a fantastic craft cocktail selection, which makes this the perfect date-night spot, too.

During the pandemic, they are offering a limited takeout menu for takeout and delivery.

The Vibe

As soon as the ban on indoor dining is lifted, Wildseed is where I will be. It's a beautifully designed space, bright and airy, with large wood tables, and a full bar. Set in a cozy neighborhood, you can also show up super-casual and blend in just fine.

What to Order

Mushroom fritters. If you are a mushroom person, they are, by far, the best appetizer on the menu. They are perfectly and lightly fried, and come with a vegan aioli dipping sauce. I order an entire batch just for myself. No sharing!

Neatball masala. This comforting bowl infuses flavors of Italy (with plant-based meatballs), India (with the masala sauce), and even Greece (with a vegan tzatziki sauce). The flavors pair so well together, and the meatballs are served over wild grains. It's hearty and delicious.

Caponatina pizza. This pizza is the most unique of their offerings. If you like eggplant caponata, you'll love it served on a perfect pizza crust. It's tangy and warming all at the same time. They also offer gluten-free crust for an extra $2.

// Wildseed, 2000 Union St. (Pacific Heights), wildseedsf.com

Little Gem

*During the pandemic, Little Gem' is open for takeout at lunch and dinner daily. You can order ahead and throw in a bottle of wine. Delivery is also available via DoorDash, Caviar, and Uber Eats. Little Gem's Cow Hollow location is permanently closed.

Next time you're in Hayes Valley, stop at Little Gem, where it's casual enough for lunch in your workout clothes or appropriate for a relaxed date night. Everything is gluten free, locally sourced, and free of additives and preservatives. Yes, you read that right. The entire menu is gluten free! You don't need reservations, but if you are going at night, then it's a good idea just in case.

The Vibe

It's casual, modern, and understated-trendy. Plop down at the beautiful bar and order yourself a glass of wine. Then meander on over to a table for the full Little Gem experience. The staff is always super kind, informative, and willing to make any and all adjustments to cater to specific dietary needs.

What to Order

The question here is more like what shouldn't you order. Here are my favorites.

Bibimbap bowl. I get this 99 percent of the time. It's a big bowl of seasonal veggies, brown rice, chili garlic sauce, and a fried egg—I also add salmon tartare on top, as well as an extra fried egg when I'm feeling hungry.

Spiced hummus with non-bread. They make their hummus in house, with the most decadent and chewy gluten-free flatbread around. It's a must-order fo sho.

// Little Gem, 400 Grove St. (Hayes Valley), littlegem.restaurant

Bi-Rite Market & Creamery

*During the pandemic, Bi-Rite's Divisadero and 18th Street locations are both open, with senior and at-risk guest shopping Monday through Friday from 8am to 8:30am. Grocery, deli, and bottle shop pickup and delivery are also available.

The Civic Center cafe is currently closed and the Creamery is open for pickup and delivery daily from 1pm to 8pm.

Bi-Rite requires no introduction for SF locals and bridge-and-tunnelers coming to picnic at Dolores Park on sunny days. The Mission-based grocer is beloved for its amazing sandwiches and gourmet food items, and, of course, the line always rounds the corner for the famous ice cream at nearby Bi-Rite Creamery. With a second location on Divisadero and a new Civic Center cafe, Bi-Rite's artisanal eats are now accessible all over town.

The Vibe

No matter which Bi-Rite location you visit, you will first note they have that mom 'n' pop vibe going on—I love it. Then you walk inside, and your tastebuds and senses are piqued in every way possible. The shelves and aisles are packed with local, organic produce, hard-to-find gourmet food items, and quality everyday items. Finally, if you like artisan chocolate and local wines, their selection is phenomenal.

What to Order

If you are shopping at the grocery stores, just pick up a basket and let your imagination run wild. On a hot day, don't miss the ice cream—the Tcho chocolate and black sesame is the best I've ever had. Dairy free? Yes, they have a few options for you, too.

// Bi-Rite Market and Creamery, multiple locations, biritemarket.com


*During the pandemic, Souvla locations are open daily for takeout, just be sure to order ahead. In addition to menu items, bottles of Greek wine, seasonings, and merchandise are also available. Delivery is available via Caviar and DoorDash.

Whenever someone asks me where they can grab a casual lunch, I always say Souvla, the always-packed Greek-inspired eatery serving a perfectly brief menu of salads, pita sandwiches, fries, and frozen yogurt made with locally sourced ingredients. They can also customize any salad to make it dairy free, and if you are vegan, you can replace any of the meats with their delish sweet potatoes.

The Vibe

The décor at Souvla is adorable, riffing on traditional Greek style with blue and white tiles, rustic wood tables, and an always-warming view of the rotisserie chickens.

What to Order

The Chicken or the Veg. Pick your protein—pork, chicken, lamb—or go for the sweet potato veg, and then make it into a sandwich (the meat and veggies stuffed in the homemade flatbread) or a salad. I always go for the chicken salad or the veg salad. Souvla is great about customizing to your preferences—I love accommodating places, don't you?

Greek fries. Made with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, and sprinkled with Greek cheese on top, these are my favorite fries in town. If you don't do dairy, you can hold the cheese.

Frozen Greek yogurt. Yes, it's made with dairy, so if you are lactose intolerant, it's worth taking a digestive enzyme so you can enjoy this mildly-sweet-tart treat with a few different toppings to choose from. I always go with the sour cherry compote.

// Souvla, multiple locations, souvla.com

Stonemill Matcha

*During the pandemic, Stonemill Matcha is open for takeout and delivery via Caviar on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm and Friday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Order food, drinks, and pastries for pickup—as well as shippable tea, matcha powder, and retail items—at stonemillmatcha.square.site.

Run, don't walk, over to Stonemill Matcha, which opened on Valencia a few months back. It is, hands down, my favorite place in the city to grab a matcha. Their food menu? Spectacular. Oh, and their matcha-infused pastries? Even more spectacular.

The Vibe

The space is minimal and truly gorgeous. It's decorated in Japanese style with lots of space, plants, and plenty of tables to sit down and enjoy your eats and drinks. The place gets busy, but not so busy that you can't find a place to park it. Get in line to place your order.

What to Order

Matcha, obviously. I always order a hot matcha with their oat milk, but the iced matcha is fantastic, too. They do use a touch of cane sweetener, but you can easily tell them to omit or go light.

Chicken okayu. This is one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. It's is a warm bowl of rice porridge with nori, egg, pickled wakame, mushrooms, and green onions.It's also light, so you won't feel like you ate a heavy meal.

Another fantastic menu item is the shokupan toast with matcha butter and jam.

Pastries. Don't leave without grabbing a matcha cream puff or cookie. Don't ask questions, just thank me later.

Stonemill Matcha's special Lunar New Year Pastry Box is available for preorder and pickup on exploretock.com.

// Stonemill Matcha, 561 Valencia St. (Mission), stonemillmatcha.com

Trouble Coffee Co.

*During the pandemic, Trouble Coffee's Outer Sunset location is open daily with a new pickup window and standing parklet space. In addition to cinnamon and peanut butter toasts, Trouble Coffee now serves avocado toast. Trouble Coffee's Bayview and Oakland locations are permanently closed.

The toast trend started at Trouble, that odd little coffee-shop-that-could tucked away near windy Ocean Beach. Owner Giulietta Carrelli has since found success, opening locations in Bayview and in Oakland, but I always venture back to the funky little original.

The Vibe

The original location is an institution. It's super tiny and no frills, but there is something intriguing and also magical about this place. What you get, in addition to the best darn cup of coffee, a fresh Thai coconut, and the most comforting slice of toast this side of the world, is them. I never find the people there to be particularly friendly; in fact, I sort of feel out of place every time I'm there—maybe because I show up in fresh P.E. Nation workout gear, and they just rolled out of bed. I'm not sure. But whatever it is, just roll with it. They aren't pretentious, they are just them.

What to Order

Coffee. I personally love their almond milk lattes. The coffee is strong, the latte art game is strong, and the combo gets the job done.

Toast. You have two super basic options that will transport you to someplace else altogether. And TBH, neither fits my definition of "healthy" because I avoid both white bread and sugar, but this toast is worth the splurge. Grab yourself a peanut butter and honey slice (my personal fave), or the signature slice topped with a gob of butter, cinnamon, and sugar. There are no gluten-free options, so don't even ask.

A whole coconut. Make it healthy-ish with a young Thai coconut on your way out. They chop it open and serve it with a straw and a spoon for digging out the meat. You will feel really hipster, and it makes for a great photo op outside the shop. (Do not even think about hogging up space inside while trying to post to IG.)

The Trifecta, aka the Build Your Own Damn House: The coffee, the coconut, the toast. It's the whole shebang.

// Trouble Coffee Co, 4033 Judah St, (Outer Sunset), trouble.coffee

The Mill

*During the pandemic, The Mill is open for takeout only (including coffee, toast, pantry items, and bread) on weekdays from 7am to 3pm and weekends from 7am to 5pm with no pre-orders. Currently, pizza service is on hiatus.

Ah, The Mill. I could go on about The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread. Baker (yes, that's his name) makes the best bread I've ever tasted, with the finest and freshest ingredients around. It's always perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft as a pillow on the inside. Expect to stand in line any time of day. Order yourself a slice of toast, any of their fresh pastries from the case, a coffee, maybe a loaf to take home, and hand over a $20. While they are preparing your order, get ready to fight for one of the window seats—there are only two, and they go fast.

The Vibe

Gorgeous, modern, and minimal. The people aren't the friendliest bunch, but that is kind of a theme in SF's hipster spots these days. It's my speculation that hashtag #hipstertoast originated here.

What to Order

Toast. Whatever you do, don't leave without ordering toast. There are always seasonal toppings, so if you are feeling that on a given day, by all means. I'm more of a classic kinda gal, so I typically go with the country bread with house-made almond butter and sea salt. Sometimes I'll add their seasonal jam, like pumpkin butter in the fall. Other options include homemade nutella, cream cheese, and more.

Gluten-free? No problem. Baker makes a badass "adventure" bread. (Here's the recipe). It's a dense seed and nut bread that, when toasted, will tantalize your taste buds. I love it with their local butter and sea salt on top, but you can customize and add anything you'd like.

Coffee. When I'm here, I get an almond milk cappuccino. I don't find their espresso shots to be particularly strong, so I find that a latte is just too much milk. But you might beg to differ, so by all means get what your heart pleases!

// The Mill, 736 Divisadero St. (NoPa), themillsf.com

Project Juice

*During the pandemic, Project Juice locations are offering made-to-order items, with bottled juices, drinks, and cleanses also available for pickup or delivery at projectjuice.com. Additionally, outdoor dining is available at all Bay Area locations, with covered seating at the Valencia Street location.

Project Juice is one of my favorite smoothie shops in SF. When they first opened their retail locations a few years ago, they sold only ready-to-go beverages and snacks, and I was hooked from day one.

But now they are even better, having evolved into so much more. At certain Project Juice locations, you can now order toast, smoothies with all kinds of extra superfoods, freshly made waffles, and elixirs. My favorite weekday activity is to take a Barry's Bootcamp class in the Marina and then walk less than a block over to Project Juice on Chestnut Street and refuel with a killer smoothie.

The Vibe

The stores are clean and happy and a few locations have outside seating, so pull up a chair and get your chat on with your pals. I've also had the pleasure of becoming friends with the owners of Project Juice this past year, and I can tell you that their commitment to quality and freshness is legit. They put a lot of love into each menu item.

What to Order

Toast. Their golden toast is currently a fave. It's served on Bread Srsly gluten-free sourdough and topped with turmeric hummus, pickled hummus, avocado mash, microgreens, and black sesame seeds.

Acai bowl. Pick your base (the acai base isn't too sweet) and your toppings (I always go for the paleo). If the watermelon bowl is in season, go for it—it's life changing; like summer in your mouth.

Smoothies. You can't go wrong with any of their smoothies. My current obsession is the Blue Moon (homemade almond milk, blue majik, coconut meat, cashews, dates, and vanilla). It tastes like a vanilla milkshake, and I often add collagen for an extra protein boost.

Cashew Mylk. Take it to go. I always have three or four bottles in my fridge because my husband steals, er, drinks them every time I turn around. The creaminess factor is unreal.

// Project Juice, multiple locations, projectjuice.com


During the pandemic, Jane's Fillmore and Larkin cafe locations are offering rain-or-shine outdoor seating and a full menu. Toy Boat by Jane offers ice cream, plus pre-made salads, sandwiches, bread, and cheese and also has outdoor seating. Along with bakery items, Jane the Bakery's takeout includes pre-made salads and sandwiches. Order ahead from Jane on Fillmore, Jane on Larkin, and Jane the Bakery via Toast or on Tock for pastries. Delivery is available via DoorDash and Caviar.

The ever-popular Jane has two locations—one on Larkin Street and the other on Fillmore—serving the same amazing food, but the Pac Heights location is my favorite since I can team breakfast or lunch with window shopping and a stop for non-toxic skincare products at Credo, across the street.

The Vibe

This is a buzzy spot and a small one, so my recommendation is to go at slightly off-peak hours to avoid the ungodly lines and snag a table. Don't even try to go right at noon lest you find yourself wandering around like an ass with toast in hand and no place to sit. Trust.

What to Order

You really can't go wrong here, but I'm a creature of habit—here are my usuals:

Warm quinoa bowl. Whether you go for breakfast or lunch, I am in love with this hearty bowl of quinoa, roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and kale. I always have them add a soft-boiled egg on top—when you cut open that yolk and mix it all in, you might as well have died and gone to heaven.

Cobb salad. Who doesn't love a good old classic Cobb? This one is simple, but bursting with flavor.

Toast. I know there's a lot of toast on this list, but let me tell you something: Jane is home to the best avocado toast in SF, topped with poached egg, pickled shallot, jalapeño, and cracked black pepper. It's large and in charge and tastes amazing. Gluten-free bread is also available.

You can also shop cookie sets, tea, granola, and retail on shop-jane.squarespace.com.

// Jane, multiple locations, itsjane.com

Belcampo Meat Co.

*During the pandemic, Belcampo's Oakland Restaurant & Butcher Shop is open for pickup and delivery with made-to-order menu items, plus take-home butcher shop offerings, grocery items, and meal kits also available; order ahead on belcampo.com. If you're not in Oakland, you can also shop Belcampo products available for nationwide delivery including bone broth pouches, meats, and snacks online at belcampo.com. Belcampo's San Mateo restaurant is temporarily closed.

My obsession with bone broth is real. And there's only one place worth mentioning for the good stuff, and that's Belcampo, the woman-owned meat market/restaurant/shop serving up locally sourced, organic, grass-fed-and-finished meats.

The Vibe

Sadly Belcampo has closed its casual Russian Hill location, but you can still get takeout and delivery in the city or visit its fabulous waterfront restaurant at Oakland's Jack London Square.

What to Order

Bone broth. I drink bone broth every single day, and when I can, I always drink Belcampo bone broth. Their broth is nice and thick and gelatinous, the way bone broth should be. It's slow simmered for over 24 hours, and it's heavenly. You can add a variety of salts and condiments, but I like it plain.

The Belcampo burger is unlike any you've tried elsewhere, and be sure to order a side of fries made with duck tallow—they are perfectly crispy and salty. Note, you can also get a Keto burger as well. This, my friends, is real food, made with real ingredients. You won't find canola oil here.

// Belcampo Meat Co., 55 Webster St. (Oakland), belcampo.com

Nourish Café

*During the pandemic, both locations are open for pickup and outdoor dining daily, with the full menu also available to order ahead. Delivery is available via Caviar, Grubhub, and DoorDash.

Nourish Café is a wonderful little breakfast, lunch, and smoothie spot serving an entirely plant-based and organic menu at two locations in SF. Everything is made from scratch with whole, fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. It's also a woman-owned business.

The Vibe

These are tiny, no frills spots, but don't judge a book by its cover. Nourish serves some of the best healthy eats in town, and is perfect for a post-workout meal. I like to go at off-peak hours to easily find a seat. Parking can be tough at both locations, so be patient and wait for the parking gods to eventually answer your prayers.

What to Order

The Nourish Bowl. What makes it amazing? The simplicity of the ingredients and tasty combination of flavors including quinoa, yams, avocado, sprouts, hummus, cucumber, mixed greens, tomatoes, beet sauerkraut, sunflower seeds, and a creamy, oil-free dill hemp dressing.

Cookies. The chocolate chip cookies are OMG good. Yes, each cookie is a whopping $5, but it's big, dense, moist, and will transport you to heaven. The ingredients are super clean, and if you know me, you know I'm the kween of baking my own cookies, but these are unbeatable.

// Nourish, 189 6th Ave (Inner Richmond), and 1030 Hyde St. (Nob Hill), nourishcafesf.com

As Quoted

*During the pandemic, As Quoted's temporary hours are 8am to 3pm weekdays. The made-to-order menu is available, along with gluten-free pastries, for takeout or delivery via Caviar. If you'd rather make your own gluten-free eats, you can also purchase As Quoted's digital cookbook, with all proceeds benefiting employees.

Oh, As Quoted. This place is so pretty, there's no other way to describe it. Tucked discreetly among a few fashion boutiques and directly across the street from Mighty Pilates, it's perfect for a post-class bite to refuel.

The Vibe

The pristine white design draws lots of stroller-pushing mamas who come for mommy dates and post-partum bone broths and nutritious meals. The entire menu is gluten free, so for anyone looking to avoid the bloat, this place is for you.

What to Order

Bone Broth. There is something special about this broth. It's creamy, thick, perfectly salty, filled with plenty of chives, and oh so comforting. Sure, it's pricey at $6 a cup, but it's slow simmered for over 48 hours and worth every penny.

Toast. My favorite toast on the menu is the "breakfast sandwich" toast, a thick piece of GF bread topped with pasture-raised bacon and poached egg, greens, Just Mayo, chives, and shallot vinaigrette.

They also have a delicious beet latte.

// As Quoted, 3613 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), eatasquoted.com

Craftsman & Wolves

*During the pandemic, Craftsman & Wolves' Bayview location is open for takeout Monday through Friday, and the Mission location is open daily. You can also find Craftsman & Wolves at the Palo Alto California Avenue Farmers Market on Sundays and at the Epicurean Trader inside the Ferry Building daily. Drinks, pastries, and light fare are also available for same-day delivery on Uber Eats. Additionally, order pastries and retail items for next-day pick up or delivery on craftsman-wolves.square.site.

Craftsman & Wolves needs little introduction thanks to its cases filled with the most beautiful pastries you've ever seen—seriously, they look like works of art. I like to go during off-peak hours and bring my laptop—they have free WiFi and good people watching.

The Vibe

Modern, edgy, and cool, this official home of The Rebel Within is just so Mission (though there is also now a location in Bayview).

What to Order

The Rebel Within is now the stuff of SF legend—a muffin made with asiago cheese, local sausage, green onion, and a soft cooked egg that spills out when you slice it in half. Yeah...it's an orgasm in your mouth, so get ready for it. I never feel guilty about eating decadent foods like this once in a while, and that's because they are made with real, quality ingredients. No faux stuff here.

// Craftsman & Wolves, 746 Valencia St. (Mission), 1598 Yosemite Ave. (Bayview), craftsman-wolves.com


*During Covid-19, Mixt hours vary by location. Customizable salads, bowls, plates, and sandwiches are available for takeout with the option to order ahead. Delivery is available via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Caviar. Additionally, find outdoor seating or parklets with art by De'Ana Brownfield at the Cow Hollow, Oakland, and Mission locations.

If you've been in San Francisco for any length of time, you might be wondering why and how Mixt made it onto this list. Not because it's not healthy (it is), but because it's a chain restaurant that, in the past, didn't seem like anything special. But over the last year or so, this place has done a complete 180, and I am in awe. Busy working people can come here for the convenience factor, but the offering is fresh, seasonal, and innovative, serving not-boring salads, sandwiches, and grain bowls. And no matter what "diet" you follow, whether vegan, paleo, keto, pescatarian, Whole30, or whatnot, this place can accommodate your specific needs, and do it with a smile.

The Vibe

This depends on the location, with some catering more to the working crowd with on-the-go counter service. Other locations, including a recently opened spot in the Mission, offer open seating to sit down and stay a while. The staff are always friendly and happy to talk ingredients, and they aren't stingy when it comes to portion sizes—and that's important to me, because I like to eat.

What to Order

DIY Salad. Some days I don't feel like thinking, and that's when I go for a salad straight off their menu. One of my favorites is the Orchard salad (kale, mixed greens, grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, seasonal apple, sharp cheddar, avocado, toasted almonds, savory herbs, and balsamic vinaigrette). Other days I'm feeling picky (i.e. most of the time) and I want to select every single ingredient. On those days I build a DIY salad around all their seasonal veggies and the proteins I'm feeling that day.

The market plates are my favorite. They are warm. They give me all the feels. My typical go-to plate is the grilled broccoli with lemon and chili flakes, either the butternut squash mash or seasonal quinoa, and for protein, I go with their incredible steelhead or flat iron steak.

Drinks. They serve kombucha and beer on tap, and wine by the glass. Therefore, when I bring the fam for a casual dinner, mom and dad are happy to have an adult drink and somewhat feel like we had a night on the town. I mean not really, but you parents feel me, yes?

// Mixt, multiple locations, mixt.com

Asha Tea House

*During the pandemic, Asha Tea House's San Francisco location is temporarily closed. The Berkeley location is currently open for takeout and delivery daily with made-to-order drinks, bottled tea, loose leaf tea, and gifts available and the option to order ahead for contactless pickup.

Asha Tea House is best accessed by Uber or Lyft since parking in FiDi can be a real pain. But good matcha is worth the effort.

The Vibe

Asha is a tiny little hole in the wall, not some trendy SF spot. But it's legit cute, and for a second you might even feel like you are in Japan. Sweaty yogis and well-suited worker bees alike come here to order up hand-whisked matcha (the way it should be). There are just a few coveted tables, so you'll be lucky if you snag one; best to grab your drink to go and walk around Union Square.

What to Order

Cold matcha. Their signature menu item is a matcha latte over ice. I always get one with almond milk and ask for it to be lightly sweetened. Then I proceed directly outside the storefront and hold my hand up and take a picture of my iced matcha latte and post it immediately on Instagram. You know you'll be doing that too.

// Asha Tea House, 17 Kearny St. (FiDi); 2086 University Ave. (Berkeley), ashateahouse.com

Samovar Tea & Chai

*During the pandemic, all Samovar locations are temporarily closed. However, gift cards, Samovar teas and sets—including a Chai Brew Kit and loose-leaf Turmeric Gold—can be purchased online at samovartea.com.

Samovar is not new to SF, but their new Tea & Chai Lounge on Fillmore is, and it's fantastic. Tiny and with limited seating, it's ideal for grab and go. There is a small selection of light bites if you are so inclined, but the brews are the main attraction here. Note that Samovar has two full-service restaurant locations in the city where you can sit down and eat some yummies in a mellow atmosphere.

The Vibe

Simple and tasteful, where the big steel pots of bubbly chai and golden milk—and their heavenly aromas—are all the delightful decor we need.

What to Order

Turmeric golden milk—the spice factor is unreal. But if anyone knows how to make a real chai in this city, it's Samovar. Go for the Masala chai.

// Samovar, multiple locations, samovartea.com

Bluestone Lane

(Courtesy of @bluestonelane)

*Bluestone Lane locations are temporarily closed for the pandemic. You can still support Bluestone Lane by ordering shippable offerings including a personalized coffee subscription, compostable coffee capsules, gluten-free granola, and gift cards at bluestonelane.com.

I was ecstatic when Bluestone Lane opened in SF—I first discovered their gloriousness during a recent trip to New York. The menu has a wide range of breakfast and lunch options, and they are super healthy and delish.

The Vibe

The vibe at Bluestone is laid-back. Whenever I stop in, I see the local downtown working crowd hitting up Bluestone for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up. It's totally not pretentious, which means it's my kind of place.

What to Order

Toast. By all means, get the toast. My typical go-to order is the avocado toast, and then I add a poached egg and some crispy bacon on top—or you can change it up with smashed sweet potato or smoked salmon with a few poached eggs on the side for extra protein. All of the ingredients are quality, so you won't walk out of there feeling bloated or overly full.

Not feeling the toasts? No problem. They have salads, bowls, and so many other options, and can easily accommodate groups with differing diet preferences.

Matcha. I always down my toasts with an almond milk matcha. Bluestone's isn't the best matcha I've had, but it's a super solid option. Feeling like something decadent? Go for the Hot Milo, which is malted chocolate made with steamed whole milk—and yes, they can do it with almond milk, and it's divine.

// Bluestone Lane, multiple locations (SF), bluestonelane.com

This guide was edited and produced by Nicole Modic, aka Kale Junkie. Visit her site and follow her on Instagram.The article has been updated since it was originally published in November 2018 to reflect modified hours, closures, and openings during Covid-19.

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