What's new, old, French and includes the excluded? Apart from a few hostels I've walked by in Paris, the answer is "Bio" in Sausalito.
Many new restaurants try to create a feeling of exclusivity, fulfilling diners' desire for experiences that only the rare and discriminating guest can seek out and appreciate.
Bio, which did a soft opening early this month, is trying to do the opposite. With a menu that includes a wide range of organic gluten free, sugar free and vegan options (not just one or two predictable choices) they are trying to be an inclusive dining experience.
For those of us whose families include both hearty eaters and gluten-free folks, the fact that all this comes on a menu that also has an array of traditional dishes makes Bio a great potential solution to the question of "where can we go where there will be lots of choices for everyone?"
Bio occupies one half of what long ago was the old Samurai Sushi Japanese rastaurant, and is located next door to Taste of the Himalayas in the space formerly occupied by Mexican restaurant El Patio (formerly La Hacienda).
Bio represents the first satellite of the San Francisco cafe that bears the same name, although the San Francisco place is one where you order at a counter and the new Sausalito restaurant is a traditional, moderate-sized sit-down restaurant.
As is always the case with soft openings Bio is working out the kinks on its maiden voyages, but all we can say at this point is Viva la inclusivité!
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