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September 12, 2012

2Good2B Bakery & Cafe

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a gluten free sampling at 2good2B Bakery & Cafe in Encinitas, CA. I first came across 2good2B at the San Diego Gluten Free Expo (click here). I was impressed with their samples and was excited when personally contacted by 2good2B to visit their eatery. The variety of the menu was overwhelming; even more impressive was the flavor and texture of every item. 2good2B is now one of my regular hot spots that even pleases the gluten lover’s palate.  

Among entering the cafe, my eyes were immediately drawn to the large glass display cases filled with pastries, cupcakes, loaves of bread, fresh salads, pies and parfaits that seemed too good to be true, for a celiac.

This cozy neighborhood eatery caters to celiacs and individuals with gluten sensitivities, and carry items that are soy free, peanut free, and sugar free. Half of their customers do not even have dietary restrictions!

From the young children enjoying classic macaroni & cheese to two friends happily deciding on which of the cupcakes to purchase, I noticed 2good2B provided a dose of normalcy for celiacs dining out. The steady flow of foot traffic throughout our visit spoke volumes to the quality and popularity this establishment has in the gluten free community.

My sister kept asking, is this ALL gluten free? I had to reassure her several times, that YES, it is ALL gluten free. Even my critical sister was in shock!
Below is a review of our gluten free feast (aka sampling)

Moist, gooey (a quality rare in a gluten free version), and a rich chocolate flavor without the bizarre aftertaste.

-Chicken Pot Pie-
Buttery, flaky crust filled with shredded chicken, peas, onions, carrots & full of flavor. A perfect comforting delight as the chilly Fall season nears.

-Cinnamon Roll- 
MY FAVORITE, coincidentally one of their best selling items!  The lack of gluten wasn’t overly compensated with additional sugar or frosting. Instead, it was the perfect savory combination for a fluffy baked breakfast treat.

-Macaroni & Cheese-
Cheesy, with a seasoned buttery crunch topping. The noodles withheld their structure and were not grainy in texture.  

I still can’t decide which flavor I liked the most, it’s a toss up between the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and the chocolate cake with vanilla-chocolate swirl buttercream frosting. The cupcake flavors definitely gives Sprinkle’s a run for their money.

2good2B’s breads are made from various blends of rice and tapioca flours. We tasted the cinnamon raisin and rosemary loaves. The bread was crispy on the outside with a chewy, non-dense texture.  Some of their loaves are ½ off towards the end of the day, so stock up on 2good2B’s affordable sandwich essentials.  

2good2B also specializes in cakes for birthdays, wedding or any special occasion. Another great option for party planning and family get togethers is their catering packages. Click HERE to learn more about their different options to impress/accommodate everyone at the party.

2Good2B Bakery & Cafe Contact 

204 N El Camino Real Suite H
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-942-2743
Monday-Saturday 7AM-7PM
Sunday 9AM-2PM
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2good2B provides delicious food & superior service. I highly recommend adding this eatery to your itinerary when making a trip to San Diego or if you're a local, I’ll see you there!

Thanks 2good2be Bakery & Cafe for having me! I look forward to my next visit as I already know what I'm going to order; a lemon bar, slice of the marble loaf, and the Fromage a trois grilled cheese sandwich! The gluten free options are endless, one of the MANY reasons 2Good2B Bakery & Cafe is at the top of my list.

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