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Those on a restricted diet know how challenging it can be to find delicious food when dining out. Luckily, the Bay Area has plenty of restaurant options for those following a gluten-free diet. Diners can indulge in everything from sourdough bread and waffles to Chinese food and fish and chips. Here is a list of five of the best gluten-free restaurant menus in the Bay Area.
139 E. Cambpell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
With five locations throughout the Bay Area, family-friendly Stacks offers a special gluten-free menu. Menu options range from traditional breakfast offerings of omelets and smoothies, to lighter fare like chicken and seafood salads. The gluten-free waffles are not to be missed. Stacks strives to prevent cross-contamination and employs a separate waffle iron for gluten-free waffles. Weekend mornings can be very crowded and calling ahead is recommended for parties larger than six.
142 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Celiacs and those who eat gluten-free flock to all three Asian Box Bay Area locations. The menu is 100-percent gluten and dairy free, so there is no risk of cross-contamination. Inspired by traditional Vietnamese street food, ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced to maximize freshness. Vegetarian and vegan friendly, meal options are entirely customizable and begin with a choice of rices or noodles, topped by a protein and polished off with a selection of sauces and add-ons such as jalapenos, crispy scallions or chopped peanuts.
29 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Located in the heart of downtown Los Gatos, Billy’s Boston Chowder House is a haven for those eating gluten free. Upon request, almost every item on the menu can be prepared gluten free. Gluten-free options include everything from lobster rolls to fish and chips prepared in a dedicated fryer. Recently showcased on the menu is a gluten-free sourdough bread bowl. Billy’s also supports several local community organizations through fund-raising dinners and donations.
39 S. Livermore Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550
Uncle Yu’s At The Vineyard in downtown Livermore is one of three Uncle Yu’s East Bay locations. The upscale restaurant serves up both traditional and more modern Chinese-American cuisine. All menu items are MSG-free, and a gluten-free menu is available. The restaurant has a full bar and offers an extensive wine list.
4889 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Open seven days a week, Eddie Papa’s American Hangout offers so many options that gluten-free eaters can dine without missing out on any favorite foods. Choices range from pancakes and burger buns, to grilled cheese and chicken fingers with either regular or sweet potato fries. Almost everything on the menu can be adapted to accommodate even those on very restricted diets. Each meal is rounded out by a complimentary dish of cotton candy. Make sure to check out the gluten-free red velvet waffle served at brunch, or one of the many varied cocktail options.