Cafe Gratitude has to be one of the most unique places I’ve ever eaten at. They have a few locations throughout the Bay Area , including Berkeley and Oakland but I ate at the one on Harrison Street, San Francisco. The menu is 100% organic and 100% vegan and mostly comprised of raw dishes and only a few cooked foods.
In terms of gluten free dishes, they claim to offer the most gluten free options of any vegetarian restaurant in the Bay area and this could easily be true as all but one of their entrees and a few of their beers are gluten free.
All of their dishes are sweetly named as ‘I am (various adjectives)’ such as the ‘I am Dazzling’ Ceaser Salad, ‘I am Fabulous’ raw, seasonal lasagna, ‘I am Graceful’ Indian Biryani bowl and perfectly named ‘Yo soy Mucho’ Mexican bowl. As it was lunch time on a chilly Winter’s day, I was feeling like a bowl of hot, warming soup. A mostly raw restaurant may not be the best place to find something like this but luckily for me the San Francisco location does a hot soup of the day. My ‘I am Thriving’ spicy butternut squash soup was delicious. John went for the ‘I am Thankful’ Coconut Curry Soup which was very cool and flavoursome.
I found this place a little expensive at $9 for a medium sized bowl of soup, $15 for a grain bowl and $10 for a smoothie or shake but if you’re looking for something a wee bit different and you don’t mind your food mostly raw with quite a bit of hippy thrown in then Cafe Gratitude is somewhere new and interesting to check out. Some of their Â raw deserts sounded pretty tasty too, especially the ‘I am cherished’ Cheesecake and ‘I am Adoring’ Tiramasu!