With ever-dramatic changes in weather and the fierce flu that's been going around this year, there's no better time to implement that healthy eating plan. Enter the latest miracle cure-slash-craze: bone broth.
Touted for its health benefits (healing a wounded gut, improving digestion, soothing the nervous system, rebuilding cartilage, and fostering general comfy-cozy feelings), bone broth has become a thing in recent years. The foodie/health sensation du jour reaps its primo benefits from simmering bones, vegetables and an assortment of herbs together for a hearty blend of essential nutrients, minerals, and glucosamine (sore joints, anyone?). Here's where to get your bone broth fix in the Bay Area.
Belcampo Meat Company
Your favorite Bay Area-based sustainable butcher-restaurant Belcampo Meat Co. has two bone broth options—organic beef and pork bones, or organic chicken and turkey carcasses and vegetables. Simmered for a minimum of 20 hours to extractall the beneficial collagens from the bones, both are equally tasty and nutritious. Enjoy a cup over brunch, or get a 28 oz container for $16. // 1998 Polk St., belcampo.com
Proposition Chicken's broth really pushes the health agenda: Their $5 cup of chicken bone broth is made from water, air-chilled chicken bones, vegetables, and herbs that are simmered with another miracle elixir, apple cider vinegar, for 24 hours, which purportedly gets more nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates (just like your joint vitamins), from the bones. // 1750 Market St., propositionchicken.com
With a slew of healthy, organic fare—turmeric lattes, kombucha, hearty salads, and endless dairy-, gluten-, nut-, and soy-free options—it's no surprise that As Quoted also has their very own bone broth made with pasture-raised chicken, chives, and Jacobsen sea salt. // 3613 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), eatasquoted.com
Cooked in small, slow batches, and seasoned with organic veggies, seaweed and sea salt, Broth Baby delivers delicious doses of protein and minerals to your door. They have three options—beef, chicken, and turmeric, coconut, veggie. Yum! You can even get bundles with all the flavors, a one month supply, or the cleanse. In addition to being available at a multitude of local shops they also deliver to SF, Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. No need to step out in the cold after all. // brothbaby.com
This little Oakland gem is teeming with zesty options. Come here with for Broth Baby bone broth with a little something extra. Their bone broth soup with brown rice is seasoned with salt, sansyo, black pepper, smoked paprika; the broth bowl has brown rice, mushroom, blanched spinach, burdock pickle and sauerkraut, and a dash of nori-gomasio; and then there's the broffee, that's right—bone broth-infused coffee. // 2224 MacArthur Blvd. (Oakland), cafeumami.com
The house-seasoned bone broth here is made with the most highly gelatinous bones they can find; and they blend all the collagen and soft cartilage from the bones back into the broth so it's as nutrient-rich as possible (imagine the glowing skin and hair you'll have). Pop in for a cup of sipping bone broth in their outdoor garden (add a sous vide egg for some extra oomph), or grab a jar to take home. // 2085 Vine St. (Berkeley), missionheirloom.com
*This article has been updated since it was originally published on May 18, 2015.