Review by Natalie Wells
Contact InfoAddress: Pacific Heights: 2123 Fillmore Street (Map) Lower Nob Hill: 925 Larkin Street (Map) Cuisine: Coffee & Tea, Salad, Sandwiches Website: http://itsjane.squarespace.com/ Phone: (415) 593-5359 Price: $$
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Jane on Larkin is a trendy, casual cafe that serves sandwiches, coffee and pastries in a charming and bright setting. Jane on Larkin, the sister shop to Jane on Fillmore, opened its doors in 2014. During the week, you’ll find many quiet patrons sipping on craft beverages, made from Stumptown Coffee, and utilizing the complimentary Wi-Fi. The bright and airy setting, designed by neighboring architecture firm, Boor Bridges, is a welcomed change of pace to the unsettling streets of the Tenderloin. When you step into Jane on Larkin it feels as though you’ve been teleported to the trendy streets of the Mission District...
The gluten-free options at Jane are endless, so much so that we had to move tables to accommodate everything we ordered. The highlight of the experience, aside from the delicious pastries, was the gluten-free quinoa bread. If you close your eyes it’s almost impossible to taste the difference between this bread and regular gluten-filled bread. I ordered the Tenderloin Florentine and substituted the Gluten-Free Quinoa Bread for the Baguette. The herbed hollandaise was easy to absorb with the fluffy bread. Jane also does a version of a seed and nut bread that was delicious with their house made jam. The best part about the delicious gluten-free pastry offerings is that they are all baked in designated ovens at different hours than the non gluten-free items, which eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. Of course there is always the risk of airborne cross-contamination, but this will always be an issue unless a restaurant is strictly gluten-free. Nonetheless, Jane does a wonderful job at cutting down the risk for any cross-contamination. Everything at Jane is made in house, and you can really tell. From the granola to the breads, everything here tastes like it is made with extreme thought and care. They are always adding new items to the menu, and are mindful in catering to patrons with allergies. If I could, I would come here everyday for their house-made chai latte and toast.