Hot Spud SF
2640 Mason Street
(Between Jefferson & Beach Streets)
San Francisco,CA 94133
Some time back I read a review in GF in SF on Hot Spud, a gluten-free friendly potato-themed restaurant near Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco. I love potatoes and loved the sound of the place, so at the next opportunity I had to try it out for myself.
As we walked up to the restaurant I was most impressed with the sign that greeted me on the window, proclaiming their food philosophy. “Gluten-free friendly” and “Vegetarian friendly” it proclaimed. I was sold.
When I walked in I asked the chefs which toppings were gluten-free. “Everything except a few salad toppings like the wontons,” they told me. Music to my ears. Then I had to decide which delightful potato creation to order from the menu, no small feat. They also offer salads that are no doubt lovely, with an effort to use organic and local ingredients, but I was looking for a potato experience. I decided on the veggie spud, which is topped with sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, peas, corn, olives, and green onions. After consulting with the chef, I decided to have the chipotle sauce on the side and I was very happy with my choice. Next time I do think that I’d customize my own potato and skip the green peas, as they are one of my least favorite vegetables. Besides, I think it would be fun to create my own potato! Potatoes generally all come topped with butter and cheese and then individual sauces, but I believe that they will leave off that base if you request it.
Given that we were near Fisherman’s Wharf, I couldn’t help but approve of the DH’s suggestion that we order the “Wharf” spud for Kid Yum, a generally mild potato topped with crab, a lemon beurre sauce (a light and creamy sauce), corn, and with green onions and red onions on the side. To my delight Kid Yum thoroughly enjoyed her dish, and even experimented with the green onions and red onions. She liked the green onions, but the red onions were too much for her. Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to see how much she enjoyed her dish, to the extent that she stole our potatoes for herself- “three potatoes, because I’m three.”
The biggest surprise at Hot Spud was the gluten-free dessert selection. Lauren Valentino had mentioned that they had a tasty Gluten-free Sweet Potato Brownie, and that was true.
But they also had a Gluten-free Sweet Potato Cheesecake made with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free flour blend. Gluten-free cheesecake is not easy to come by, and I am happy to report upon taste testing that this may be the best gluten-free cheesecake I’ve had! The crust was a bit on the sweet side, mind you, but the filling was absolutely perfect and Kid Yum and I lovingly battled each other for the privilege of the last bite. The potato was good and I’d come back any time for another one, but the cheesecake is going to stick in my mind and tempt me to make it soon… So well done to the shop! They advertise on their shop page that they make all of their sauces, which is how they can declare them all gluten-free. Lovely!