As a Marina mom and a Hayes Valley mom, we are doing a little happy dance over here with the opening of Little Gem’s second location in the Marina. The healthy eatery has been our go-to ever since we discovered it in Hayes Valley — and we’ll just say it was love at first bite. Then, yesterday they opened on 2184 Union St (in the old Umami Burger) so now we can alternate which ‘hood we get our Little Gem fix in.
If you’ve never been to Little Gem, it’s worth knowing that literally everything on the menu is gluten free, dairy free and free of refined sugar. Items are fresh, seasonal and constantly changing, but here are some of our consistent go-tos:
Bibimbap with seasonal veggies, brown rice and a fried egg
Paleo-Style Macro Bowl with baby kale, steamed veggies, avocado, sprouts and a boiled egg
Simple Scramble with potato cakes and avocado — on the brunch menu…so simple, so good
Almond & Quinoa Flour Pancakes with maple syrup, blueberries and/or vanilla coconut cream — MM tip: we add one of these to our Simple Scramble for just $1!
Little Gem on Union will offer menu items unique to that location like the “Marina Bowl” with a chickpea-spinach falafel and lemon tahini dressing. There’s also a bar stocked with beer and wine just like Grove St, but the new location will also have beer, wine and kombucha served on tap.
Owners Eric Lilavois and Dave Cruz used the same design team for the new space, so you get that modern, minimalist feel, but it feels like a spruced-up version that’s a little warmer and brighter than Grove.
The new location will start out with just dinner service, and then eventually will serve lunch and weekend brunch. Fun fact: Little Gem on Grove was the very first dinner our co-founder Jessica had out with her newborn, so it’s a relaxed family-friendly vibe, even for dinner.
Location: Cow Hollow (2184 Union St @ Fillmore)
Hours: Tues to Thurs 5pm to 9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm to 10pm, lunch/brunch service and Sunday/Monday hours coming soon!
Service: Full service for lunch, dinner and brunch (note: Grove location offers counter service for lunch and brunch, with full service dinner)
Changing table: No
Reservations: Recommended but not required
Keep munching, mamas!