Eating out while trying to avoid gluten and dairy can be quite the challenge. Not only is it difficult to find options in general, but you’re often met with servers (or even chefs) who don’t know what’s in the dish, people who think eggs are a dairy product and the frequent judgey looks you get from servers who think you’re just being difficult.
I am sure many of you can relate.
Finding a restaurant or café that offers a multitude of gluten and dairy free options plus friendly staff that is well educated about the menu and source of the ingredients can be extremely hard to find. Having returned from Maui just a few days ago (recap to come), I have been thinking about how thankful I was to have some amazing resources for finding gluten and dairy free options on Maui. (Thank you Michelle!) Now that I live in a city that so many people come to visit, I wanted to start including some posts about the restaurants, cafes and stores I love!
For those of you that don’t know, I live in Encinitas, CA, a vibrant beach town just north of downtown San Diego. Compared to some other places I’ve lived, Encinitas is relatively food sensitivity-friendly. Having said that, it’s still pretty rare to find a place that checks off all the boxes.
I am thrilled to dedicate my first post about places I love in Encinitas to Good On Ya Cafe because they not only check off all the boxes, but go far and above what I’d consider a perfect gluten and dairy free + paleo-friendly eatery.
Here are just a few of the many reasons I love Good On Ya…
The beverage options are insanely amazing. For anyone that knows me or follows me on Snapchat, you know I have a serious beverage problem. I rarely go anywhere without multiple fancy beverages in tow.
At Good On Ya, not only do they serve cold pressed organic juice, but they carry a TON of my faves like Health-Ade Kombucha, Farmhouse Culture Gut Shots, Rebbl and Harmless Harvest. They also have lots of their own beverage, Good On Ya Hydrate, which is basically a healthy and much lower sugar alternative to popular sports drinks. As if that wasn’t enough, their hot coffee and tea options are also pretty phenomenal.
They carry a ton of healthy snacks and treats. In addition to the gluten and dairy free baked goods they serve at the counter, they also offer a great variety of products from so many brands I love like Jackson’s Honest, Righteously Raw and Nuttzo. A new addition to the cafe is Na Pali Coast Frozen Organics, both dairy and non-dairy ice creams and sorbets. Although I haven’t tried them yet, they look amazing.
The gluten and dairy free + paleo-friendly options are plentiful. Not only that, but vegetarians, vegans and even those without any food sensitivities can enjoy this place.
One of my favorite things to get is one of the Burritos. I normally make a few changes like omitting the beans and subbing the cheese for their dairy-free Herb Cashew spread. I usually choose the paleo-friendly and gluten free coconut wrap as well. I also make sure to get one of their hot beverages, normally I go for the Matcha Protein Latte which contains Vital Proteins collagen!
By eating at Good On Ya, you are supporting Organics and local farms and companies. Everything offered at Good On Ya (including the packaged goods) are 100% Non-GMO & 99% Organic. Not only that, but they source the vast majority of their ingredients locally and call out all of their vendors on the menu. Pretty much heaven as far as I’m concerned.
It’s a great place to hang out. Other than their delicious food, the staff is incredibly friendly and Good On Ya is by far my favorite cafe to work in when I need to get out of the house.
Next time you’re in downtown Encinitas, stop by Good On Ya, right on the 101 by Swami’s. Eat tasty food and support a fantastic local business doing good in the process!