Ready, Set, Go: Fresh Eats in San Francisco

New restaurants are rising to the challenge of creating healthy gourmet dishes in the Bay Area.

By Chaney Kwak

Just organic doesn’t cut it in the Bay Area, where a wave of healthy gourmet eateries is inspiring diners to opt for cleaner food. The 78-seat Little Gem ( uses only responsibly raised meat and veggies grown without chemicals. The result? Naturally dairy- and refined-sugar–free dishes, such as the beluga lentil and sweet carrot salad. Nourish Café ( puts a plant-based spin on comfort food, serving up a “ham and cheese” that’s actually roasted yam and cashew cream. Gluten-free Seed + Salt ( has garnered a cult following for its vegan burger made with beets, walnuts and lentils, then topped with optional eggplant “bacon.” And Al’s Place ( turns traditional menus upside down: Meats are under “sides” and vegetables claim the spotlight. The daily-changing fare may include ingredients from chef Aaron London’s own biodynamic garden.

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  • Published: Summer 2016