Welcome to Gluten Free in SD (San Diego)

The goal of Gluten Free in SD is to provide useful and accurate information about living gluten free in San Diego. Also included are resources that provide additional information about celiac disease and gluten-free diets. Comments, suggestions, and recommendations are encouraged to keep this website up-to-date and as useful as possible. Please use the Contact Us section of the website – all input will be greatly appreciated.

NOTE: We will be on vacation until September 3, so no changes to the website will be made in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

San Diego Resources
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Basics of the Gluten-Free Diet PDF

What's New

The following are some of the events that will occur or news items that have been reported within the last month (dates indicate when the information was added). The most recently posted are in red type.

Local Events

Local Events  

  • San Diego CSA meeting: Saturday, September 27. Kelli Gray-Meisner, Registered Dietition, will be speaking about the new gluten labeling law that went into effect August 5 (see below). Come learn the different wordings allowed on food labels, and what they mean to you. All welcome. SD Celiac Support Association

Note: For additional research study summaries and articles, see the Celiac Disease Foundation website under Research News, and the Research section on the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University website.

  • New GF labeling law now in effect: As of August 5th, food manufacturers are now required to be in compliance with the new FDA gluten-free labeling rule. The ruling does not apply to meats, poutlry, egg products, alcohol, drugs, cosmetics and pet foods. Read articles about this law to learn more:
    Tricia Thompson "The Gluten Free Watchdog". Article 8/10
    GIG dietician's perspective "Nuances of the New Gluten Free Labeling Law
    FDA "Questions and Answers: Gluten-Free Food Labeling Final Rule"

  • Beware Thorton Hospital: "Misty in CA" wrote to the Listserv about her recent extended stay at Thorton Hospital in La Jolla and her problems getting gluten-free food. It is probably a good warning for all hospitals. Read comments. 7/26

  • Fast Food Restaurant Recs: An article in TodaysDietician.com "Gluten-Free Fast Food - May I Take Your Order Please?" discusses the dangers of attempting to eat GF in fast food restaurants, even when they provide a gluten-free menu. The author also gives suggestions. 8/10

Cooking (also see "Resources - Cooking" and "SD Resources - Food")

Restaurant/Bakery Updates (also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)

  • The Curious Fork: Solana Beach. This location is a cafe, offers cooking classes, does catering, and has a shop. Their entire menu is gluten-free, including pastries, salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and more. They state in an article about the cafe: "We have one standard: If it does not match up to the best gluten products out there in the industry today, we don't put it out. Everything we do here, you can't tell the difference between it and a product made iwth gluten."Their website does not mention the cafe as yet. http://www.thecuriousfork.com/ 7/24

  • Cafe Sevilla: Gaslamp area of downtown San Diego. This Spanish restaurant offers a GF menu. cafesevilla.com/san-diego 8/12

  • Embargo Grill: Point Loma/Sports Arena area. They mark their GF items on the menu. Posted on the "Enjoying Llife Without Gluten!" Meet Up page someone stated: "This Cuban place is great and they have a separate dedicated fryer for all gluten-free fried items. . . . Most of their sauces are gluten free." http://www.embargogrill.com/ 7/30

  • Starry Lane Bakery: Santee. This "allergen-free" bakery has recently added bread to their offerings of cookies, pies, cupcakes, biscotti, muffins and pastries. All items are gluten, peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg and soy-free. Starry Lane Bakery 8/7

  • Heavenly Cupcake: Downtown San Diego. They offer one or two GF cupcake options daily. See their daily schedule online to see what is offered each day. www.heavenlycupcake.com 8/12

  • Blue Point Coastal Cuisine: Gaslamp area of downton San Diego. As one of the group of Cohn restaurants, they mark their GF items gluten-free. 8/12 www.cohnrestaurants.com/bluepoint

  • Burger Lounge: 8 locations in SD. "We've eaten at different Burger Lounges in SD County, and I've never had a problem (they have a GF menu). Saturday night the order taker informed me that if you say that you have celiac disease, they use special procedures to make sure your meal is gluten-free. I had never heard that before, but will certainly always state that on any future orders." Roxie J. 8/3

  • Union Kitchen & Tap: They now have two locations - Encinitas and the Gaslamp area of downtown SD. They mark their menu items that are gluten-free. www.facebook.com/UnionGaslamp 8/12

Shopping Updates (also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")

  • Kinnikinnick's new breads: Kinnikinnick now has new white and multigrain sandwich bread that are available in stores throughout San Diego. According to a person on the listserv, Ayn in Kansas, consumers are "raving about the texture, taste and price. The loaves are 16 ounces, yet cost less than Udi's bread." Kinnikinnick 7/28

  • GF Beers: On July 21 the publication Bon Appetit published a list "12 Gluten-Free Beers That Actually Taste Good (Updated for 2014!)". Each beer is pictured, as well as brief info on the beer. 7/31

About this Website

This website was created by Roxie Johnson and "tech wizard" Ken Loomis using the software program Dreamweaver. Ken Loomis has since passed away, and is greatly missed. This website is not sponsored by or affiliated with any specific group, organization, or company.

Both myself (Roxie) and my then-16-year-old daughter (Karen Lynn Johnson) were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998. This website contains information I have gathered over the years, and also links to what I consider to be many reputable resources for further information. I am not in the medical field, so please consult a physician before acting upon any information provided in this website.

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