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San Francisco, Livermore, Grass Valley, Nevada City (California)

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Hi everyone!


I'm taking a trip to see my boyfriend's family for Christmas. They are so sweet to me in terms of everything gluten free. This year, they would like to try to include me in a few restaurant plans but want to pick a place I can eat at. I've called a few places that they've heard had gluten free options, but many places seem to be catering to fad dieters and are not safe enough for Celiacs to eat at.


Does anyone have a restaurant you could recommend for any of the following areas?


San Francisco 


Grass Valley

Nevada City


Thank you so much!

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If you are near (I mean within an hours drive) you should go to Mariposa 0 either the Berkely/Oakland location or the little store in the Ferry building - down near Pier 39 tourist area.






I have heard that San Fran has a lot of good gluten-free options.  You are covering a lot of distance there.  I have heard that Sacramento has a couple of good places,too.  

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Thanks kareng! I'll look into it.


And yes, we are traveling around quite a lot this year. I feel like I'll have an easier time finding places in San Francisco. Grass Valley might be a little trickier...


Also, kareng, any chance you could move this topic to the "Restaurants" board? I accidentally posted it in the wrong section and didn't want to make a double post. Thanks!

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In San Carlos, not too far from SF, is Zest Bakery.  Wonderful baked goods, including sandwiches.  Dedicated gluten free bakery.  Enjoy your trip!

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Also, check out The Counter restaurant chain.  A bit pricey for burgers and fries, but these are gourmet burgers and excellent, gluten-free fries. I've enjoyed their bison burgers.  They offer lettuce wrap or a bun, which I believe may be Udi's.  I generally prefer the lettuce wrap, but that's just me.  

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ok, one more...  if you will be in Half Moon Bay, Fish and Frites has amazing fish and chips, with a dedicated fryer and a rice based coating available for the freshly caught fish, direct from the fishing boats in Pillar Point Harbor.  And yes, you can eat the fries, too.  

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Near Livermore here are two recommendations:


Blossom Bee in Dublin. It is near the intersection of 580 and 680. Fabulous gluten free crepes! Loved the chicken pesto and one with beef. Great honey mustard dressing on the salad that comes with it. They prepare the gluten free crepes in a separate pan so no cross contamination issues. Love them!



Eddie Papa's in Pleasanton.


Their gluten free reviews were great and the food I had there was fabulous. Oddly enough I had to push a bit for the lady who seemed like a maitre'd to ask for something other than sandwiches to make a gluten free dish. Their chef, however, knew what he was doing and I had a fabulous Fog City Tetrazzini Pasta. On another visit I had the Castro Artichoke Soup. Also fabulous. The first lady I delt with, I didn't understand why she was so odd, maybe confused or unknowledgable but tried to tell me they couldn't make cream sause without flour. I just gave her a look and she went to ask which of course the chef said no problem. The reviews all indicated there should be no such problem with this restaurant which is why I pushed. Usually I would just leave with that amount of pushback but was very glad I stayed. They give you a big cup of cotton candy with your check for free. Very unusual and kind of fun.

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Thank you all so much for the suggestions! I'll see which ones the boyfriend is interested in going to. So helpful!

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