Cafe Gratitude – I am Gluten Free

I am lots of gluten free choices!

Cafe Gratitude


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.

Coconut Curry Soup

Spicy Butternut Squash

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  raw deserts sounded pretty tasty too, especially the ‘I am cherished’ Cheesecake and ‘I am Adoring’ Tiramasu!

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  • Sofia Morais

    Jan 12th, 2011

    Hi again!

    You’re having lot’s of GF lately πŸ˜‰

    Did you perhaps ate John’s soup? Is John coeliac too? Was the soup GF? I’m asking because once I read the ingrdients list on a curry package and wheat flour was included. Since then I totally avoid it.

  • Yeah… lots of GF places to explore around this area πŸ™‚

    Yip! I tasted John’s soup as it was gluten free too. He is not coeliac but usually when we eat out at a restaurant with lots of GF options, he orders something GF so that I can try it too.

    I guess sometimes there is wheat flour in curry sauce but I think when you make curry dishes from scratch with various herbs and spices it’s easier to keep it gluten free. There is a South Indian restaurant in Glasgow called Dakhin where all of their curries are GF and another called Chillies where a large variety are GF so lucky for us there are lot of places out there with gluten free curry πŸ™‚