Thursday, January 29, 2009

Elaine's Cafe: where gluten-free entrepreneurs are making their stand in a meat loving city


I'm always looking for signs of hope in this dismal economy and I found it at lunch recently in - who would have guessed it? - downtown Bakersfield. I happened in on Elaine's Cafe & Market on 20th Street, a new place dedicated to vegetarian and vegan food products and substitutes. The food was delicious (encouraging when your daughter is a vegetarian and your wife eats like a rabbit) but I was most impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit of the owners, Tim and Tracy Thompson. Tim is a former manager of a major construction/contracting firm and Tracy is the cook, and together they have doubled down on the idea that meat loving Bakersfield is ready for a gluten-free diet. They have even patented a dairy, soy and gluten-free ice cream that is outstanding. Business is so good they are expanding to open a bakery next door. Let's wish them the best.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hard to understand why the Pete Tittl review was so mediocre....this place is great, VERY reasonably priced and healthy (maybe the reason for the lousy Tittl review; not enough grease!)
We need to support these Bako locals!

Anonymous said...

I didn't read the Tittle review but I had the meatball sandwich (fake meat) with soup and loved it. The owners are really friendly. For two of us the bill was less than $14! Hope they stick around.

Richard Beene said...

The bill for two of us came to $15 and included two entrees and two pink lemonades... I had the Mexican salad which was outstanding. I spotted some kind of potato soup that also looked yummy