Sunday, April 23, 2017

Copita Tequileria y Comida - Sausalito, California

On our drive to Napa over Easter break, we stopped in Sausalito, which is across the bay from San Francisco.

We decided to have lunch at Copita Tequileria y Comida, because their lunch and dinner menus are 100% gluten free, and they had great reviews on the Find Me Gluten Free app.

I tried the Copita margarita with Herradura blanco, lime, and agave nectar.  It was good, but I do prefer strawberry, mango, pomegranate, or other fruit flavored margaritas.

For starters, we ordered chips with seasonal salsas, and guacamole with queso cotija on the side, because my aunt cannot eat dairy.

We all liked the chips, guacamole and tomatillo mint salsa, but were not fans of the charred roma tomato salsa.

My aunt and I shared an order of Tres al Pastor tacos with achiote marinated and spit roasted pork, roasted pineapple, onion, cilantro, and house made corn tortillas.  I pretty much love any taco with roasted pineapple on it, because of the added sweetness, and Copita's Tres al Pastor did not disappoint.

I also liked my Carne Asada tacos with marinated flank steak, poblano peppers, caramelized red onions, cilantro, and cotija cheese subbed for the roasted garlic & jalapeno crema.  I ordered a small portion, which was plenty of food for me, combined with the two small Tres al Pastor tacos I ate.

My daughters and my nieces all ordered chicken tamales with marinated and shredded chicken, salsa verde, corn, fava beans, and cotija cheese subbed for the crema.  All the girls liked their tamales, and when my mom tried a bite, she said it was her favorite dish at Copita.

My husband ordered the Lamb Birria with slow-cooked lamb, sesame seed and chile de arbol salsa, avocado, lamb jus, and handmade tortillas.  My husband really enjoyed his entree, and from the small bite I sampled, I see why he liked it.

Several family members ordered the wood-roasted chicken with roasted potatoes, peppers & onions, salsa rustica, and smoked bacon pinto beans.  My aunt and uncle enjoyed this dish, but my parents were disappointed that the white meat was a little dry.

All of the dessert options at Copita are gluten free, but our server did tell me that the bunuelos are fried in the same fryer as the Omission beer battered cod.  I do not drink beer, but I am aware that Omission is a bit controversial in the celiac community, because it is a gluten-removed beer.  You can read more about Omission on Gluten Dude's website here.

I have never eaten food made in a shared fryer, but I decided to try the bunuelos, because I have a hard time passing up fried dough, which is almost impossible to come by as a celiac, and they were made in a fryer with a gluten-removed product.  The vanilla bunuelos with lime sugar and salsa de tamarindo were not overly sweet, and were a big hit with all of the adults at our table.  They were light and fluffy on the inside, but I thought they seemed a little under-cooked.  My mom thought that's just how the dough was, but we never asked our server.  I felt fine afterwards, but I would probably try another dessert the next time we dine at Copita.  Hopefully in the future, Copita will use a gluten free beer instead of Omission for their beer battered cod.

Overall, we had a good experience at Copita, and would dine there again the next time we are in Sausalito.

You can read more about Copita Tequileria y Comida on their website here.


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