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cleopatra999 Nov 16, 2007 07:25 PM

Looking for a restaurant near union station for breakfast/lunch that serves brown rice, maybe alternative grains such as kamut or spelt baking (a bakery that uses these would be okay too) and other healthy alternatives.

  1. shortexact Nov 17, 2007 01:58 PM

    Not sure if this will have everything you're looking for, but the Gluten Free by the Bay blog has a category on Bay Area restaurants and shops. I didn't sort through it, but maybe you'll find something here helpful?


    1. ChowFun_derek Nov 17, 2007 12:41 PM

      Millenium Resturant (veg. is very near) here's a link.....


      also from todays New York Times..."Expanding the Frontiers of the Vegetarian Plate"

      about veg. restaurants in S.F. ... Millenium is featured... here's that link.......


      Hope this helps

      1. Shane Greenwood Nov 17, 2007 05:59 AM

        There is no "Union Station" in SF. I think you mean Union Square.

        Delica in the Ferry Building comes to mind. They have a nice variety of healthy grains and other ingredients done in a Japanese inspired style.

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        1. re: Shane Greenwood
          cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2007 06:18 AM

          sorry, yes, Union Square, I keep saying station, I don' t know why.

          1. re: Shane Greenwood
            cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2007 06:21 AM

            up here we have a health foods grocery store that also has a fully organic cafe that serves homemade soups, breads, rice bowls, salad bar. It is easy to get gluten free, dairy free, sugar free items. that is sort of what I am looking for. or a bakery that uses ancient grains & organic whole wheat for their breads.

            1. re: cleopatra999
              chemchef Nov 17, 2007 06:34 AM

              Where are you from?

              1. re: chemchef
                Xiao Yang Nov 17, 2007 06:52 AM

                I'd guess Edmonton, based on her post history. Maybe the Summer of Love has just reached there.

                1. re: Xiao Yang
                  cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2007 07:45 AM

                  yup you guessed correctly, Edmonton. The store i am referring to is called organic roots. there are also a couple of other cafes that are opening up here along those lines. a few full service restaurants are going organic/local too, things are really coming along! i figure this should be easy in SF

                  1. re: PeterL
                    chemchef Nov 17, 2007 08:00 AM

                    She IS the OP!

                    She was just trying to give us a feel for what she has available in her area so that we could more easily direct her to places similar or better (different) than what she has at home.

                    1. re: cleopatra999
                      Xiao Yang Nov 17, 2007 08:23 AM

                      Pardon my flippancy. The "whole foods" type places these days seem to focused more on veggies than grains, compared to the macrobiotic days of the '60s. There are a number of "raw foods/live foods" places along with a lot of vegetarian, "sustainable" and organic options, but not with a lot of emphasis that I can see on gluten-free, but others are better able to tell you about that than me

                      1. re: Xiao Yang
                        cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2007 11:08 AM

                        that is too bad, i may have to bring my own loaf of bread then. i am carb loading (without eating wheat) for a marathon, so ancient grains and brown rice are what i hope to find.

                        1. re: cleopatra999
                          Xiao Yang Nov 17, 2007 11:24 AM

                          You can certainly buy those goods at markets like Whole Foods and Rainbow Co-op; I just can't think of any options for restaurants/cafes or over-the-counter bakeries featuring them, especially in that part of town.

                          1. re: cleopatra999
                            GastronautMN Nov 17, 2007 12:07 PM

                            I just visited SF a few weeks ago and I was taken to Cafe Gratitude by some friends. Raw-Vegan food is not my bag but I enjoy new experiences and they blew away my every expectation. Phenomal stuff. I live in Minneapolis and have a hard time with the idea of a raw food lifestyle in the upper midwest (or central provinces for that matter). But a fun and definitely whole food experience.

                            NYT is running an article about Vegetarian Fare in SF including info on Cafe Gratitude:


                            1. re: cleopatra999
                              chemchef Nov 17, 2007 08:07 PM

                              I don't think you will have any problems here. There are gluten free breads all over the place, from farmer's markets (which occur nearly every day of the week) to specialty grocery stores (Whole Foods, Rainbow Grocery, etc). Restaurants may not readily have gluten free breads, but I think that most of the vegetarian restaurants will have the types of foods you're looking for. Personally, I think its often more fun to visit the farmer's market for breakfast... you can get your gluten free bread along with some of the freshest fruit available and coffee or other beverage to wash it all down.

                              I hope these suggestions are helpful and that you enjoy your visit!

                    2. re: PeterL
                      chemchef Nov 17, 2007 08:00 AM

                      Uh, YEAH! Edmonton!!

                  2. w
                    whiner Nov 17, 2007 05:58 AM

                    Union... station?

                    Do you mean Union Square?

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