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If anyone is passing through Davis, CA, you must go to The Farmer's Kitchen Cafe at Natural Food Works. Lengthy though the title may be, this little shop in Davis offers an entire gluten free menu and products list to buy. Maybe you are heading up to Tahoe or driving home from work in Sacramento -- if so, skip that In 'n Out for once and head into downtown for some risk free food. It is well worth the trip!
I usually buy gluten free goodies from the Natural Food Works part of the shop, but you can also sit down for a nice meal at lunch or dinner time. Note that the website says reservations are recommended and it closes pretty early, so a late dinner probably will not work.
Split into two rooms, The Farmer's Kitchen is located at 624 4th Street, and has plenty of street parking around the block. It is open from 9am-6:30pm Monday through Saturday and boasts the best "fail proof" gluten free pie crust around. My favorite items are the sugar cookies, morning cinnamon buns with sweet icing, mini baguette rolls, and butternut squash homemade ravioli to take home. I often bike over to the store with my little backpack and spend $20-$30 on quality gf food every two weeks. Yes, the items are a little pricey, but supplementing my diet with amazing quality, healthy, organic products that I have been missing in my life makes it completely worth the extra cash.
Once, I bought gluten free fried chicken from the fridge section of Natural Food Works and was so excited to eat it that I immediately opened the box after leaving the shop. The chicken was still cold and I had no silverware, but it was oh so delicious. I haven't seen the fried chicken again, which is probably a good thing considering that I would eat it too frequently if it was available, but it is a great example of the changing menu and variety that the cafe offers. Other items I have purchased are berry pie, lemon meringue pie, cookie dough, croutons, and savory rolls to name a few.
They also offer vitamins and protein powders (which I have never bought) as well as fruit and veg, but due to the prices, I prefer to go to Safeway and other grocery stores for these items. It is really nice finding these local treasures that you can rely on, not to mention that fact that knowing that you will not get sick makes the food experience so much more enjoyable!