BäcoShop is without a doubt the hottest new lunch spot in Culver City. But with Chef Josef Centeno at its helm, this is no surprise. If that name isn’t ringing a bell, it should – Centeno is also behind the legendary Bar Ama, Baco, and Ledlow…
While BäcoShop is known for their bäcos, which are sandwiches made with fresh flatbread made in-house, they do have plenty of gluten-free options, and you can get any sandwich made into a bowl.
At any given time, the shop can have 4-5 different proteins for you to choose from. On this occasion, I opted for two bowls, one made with the grilled steak and the other slow-roasted pork. The bowls were very aesthetically pleasing, featuring the bright colors of vibrant produce – lettuce, pickled red onions, pickled cucumbers, and a salsa verde. These bowls also come with burrata, which they happily omitted since I can’t eat dairy. I enjoyed both the steak and pork equally. The pork was rich and juicy, and the steak had a perfect smokiness to it.
In addition to the two bowls, I also tried an assortment of their side dishes, including the sesame carrots, Brussels & kale, golden beets, and bok choy. The carrots were perfectly cooked and not too mushy – a sin commonly committed with that vegetable. I enjoyed seeing bok choy on the menu, as I feel it’s not served frequently enough. I did not try the Brussels & kale because it had cheese in it that could not be removed, but my friend really enjoyed them.
I honestly love everything about BäcoShop. Fast casual establishments are popping up all over LA which means the stakes are high, but Chef Centeno and the BäcoShop crew delivered. While their menu changes to accommodate seasonality, you can always count on them to have a substantial amount of gluten-free items. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about the daily soft serve. Depending on the flavor, that can be gluten-free, too!