San Francisco Eats
While I've been living near the City by the Bay, I've discovered a plethora of 'wholesome-approved' eateries that I'm excited to share with you all. These places are incredible, and I am looking forward to frequenting them as much as I can. I know you'll love them, too!
Nestled in the heart of the Mission District, I introduce you to this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, and low glycemic bakery. What more could you want?! Well, it would be nice if the baked goods are delectable, diverse, and flavorful, I suppose. It's a damn good thing that Wholesome Bakery knows exactly how to craft the most delicious, vibrant, and allergen-friendly treats!! I cannot recommend this bakeshop enough -- the baker's favorites are the chocolate peanut butter bar and the dulce de leche cupcake, and MY favorite is the blueberry almond loaf. So freaking flawless. Check here for locations (I went to their adorable shop in the Mission -- would definitely suggest checking it out).
Oh Dandelion Chocolate, you get me. As I entered their Valencia Street location, and I immediately felt like I was being welcomed into a cozy, warm blanket of chocolate, fair-trade happiness, and organic love. This bean-to-bar factory (and cafe) is passionate about bringing sustainable, ethically sourced and produced chocolate to the hands of San Franciscans and chocolate lovers alike.
I haven't been to their Ferry Building kiosk in San Francisco, but their main location in the Mission looks like this: factory in the back -- HUGE bags of chocolate and cacao butter, chocolate-making machines and tools, brick walls, high-beamed wooden ceilings; and adorable coffee shop in the front -- long wooden tables (and some outdoor seating), dim lights, people reading books and working on their computers, chocolate samples on the wall, and a bar where you order your food and drink.
All of their decadent, beautifully constructed pastries do contain some form of dairy, except for their dark chocolate bars, which have impressively simple ingredients. I enjoyed many, many chocolate samples, as well as a refreshing glass of their chocolate horchata (chocolate rice milk), which is made with cinnamon, almonds, hazelnuts, and cacao nibs. So delightful on a hot and sunny spring day!
Dandelion also offers chocolate factory tours, chocolate classes/tastings, and trips to cacao farms. Dope!
The name of this restaurant is perfect in that this place is truly a special, precious eatery. The vibe in the Hayes Valley space is casual and hip, and the menu spills over with modern, healthy American fare. They serve lunch and dinner, and you can go for BRUNCH on weekends, 9AM to 2PM!
For a late lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I enjoyed their avocado toast (sourdough bread) topped with two poached eggs, chives, and a Meyer lemon-sesame garnish.
I'm in love with Blue Barn's salads. They're HUGE.
This place reminds me of sweetgreen because of their infinite array of delicious toppings that you can add to your greens or grains bowl, but it has a much more authentic, cozy, and warm vibe. Think wooden tables, glasses of water in mason jars, kombucha in the fridge, and friendly waitstaff. You order at the counter, sit wherever you'd like, and dine to your heart's content. I've only been to the one on Chestnut Street, which is kind of small (and sometimes hard to grab a table at), but the healthy, scrumptious food is so worth it.
This is the cutest coffee shop I've ever been to, holy shit.
Bright sunshine streams in through the large, tall window panes, there are plants everywhere, and the cozy, minimalist booths & wooden tables invite you to sit down and curl up with coffee and a book. I'll bet you 10 bucks that the vegan chocolate fudge cake in the pastry section will grab a hold of you, too.
I enjoyed the vanilla cold brew with almond milk, which was the smoothest, richest cold brew I've ever tried. If you're staying to enjoy the space, tell them it's for "here" because they'll serve it to you in a FREAKING MASON JAR MUG.
Sightglass has multiple locations -- I went to the one in the Mission, and I've heard that their 7th street flagship space in SOMA is even better. That's where their coffee production roastery is housed! Dope.
If you like sweetgreen, you will love MIXT! They're very similar in that they are both quick counter service, "make your own salad/grain bowl"-style restaurants.
I was in and out of there in less than 10 minutes during the downtown San Francisco lunch hour; those employees sure know how to make a delicious salad really quickly!
Their menu is seasonal, nutritious, and delish. AND they sell G.T.'s Kombucha in the refrigerator section. If you're looking for a satisfying, quick, and allergen-friendly salad bowl, MIXT is one of your best bets.