The Attitude of Gratitude Lives On…

Via Twitter last night:
We are deeply saddened to announce the closure/sale of all NorCal Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre locations.…

Great sadness, indeed!

One of my all time favorite restaurants is being forced to close its doors. I do not know why, only time will tell. For now, let’s focus on the unconditional LOVE that they serve up everyday; local, organic and vegan.

I’m so stinkin’ excited to finally be at THE original
Cafe Gratitude in the historic San Francisco Mission District.
August, 2009

Here’s how they roll:

Me: (Giggling because the ordering process is VERY, ah-hem…different) I am Dazzling (a.k.a. Caesar salad), I am Trusting (a.k.a. Mexican platter) and I am Pleased (a.k.a nut milk ice cream).

Server: OK, you are dazzling. You are trusting. And, you are pleased.

Then when the food arrives…

Server: (While placing your food in front of you, repeats…) You ARE dazzling! You ARE trusting! You ARE pleased!

Me: (My dazzling, trusting and pleased self is silent, devouring it all.)

And, in case you were wondering, it’s NOT just about the positive affirmations…the food is OUT OF THIS WOLRD!!! Goodness abounds at Gratitude.

I am Trusting
A handmade corn tamal made with stone-ground
heirloom masa and summer squash.
Served with salsa verde, black beans and spicy Mexican coleslaw.

Refillable bottles of purified water are placed on your table, “infused” and labeled with wonderful things like: Love, Peace, and of course, Gratitude. Why not sip Love, drink Peace or guzzle Gratitude?

Finally a restaurant that Steve and I agreed on, ‘live’ food with some cooked grains and legumes, PLUS organic, fair trade tea/coffee (for example, I am Glorious!) AND beer/wine! The perfect balance, we found our common ground.
Cafe Gratitude, the culture, the mission, and the food, will be deeply missed. However, the attitude of gratitude lives on in our kitchen…

I AM Grateful to have the collection of Cafe Gratitude recipes in our kitchen
and a never ending bottle of LOVE on our table.
Thank you Cafe Gratitude,
Thank you.


  1. The Shade Shop, Inc.

    November 30, 2011

    That is sad indeed to see something so unique and special close and lock the door…de façon définitive. If you could only talk them into reopening in Grand Rapids…..we could use more dazzle, love and trust!!!!