The gluten-free Nectarine Grove Restaurant and Cafe is open on Flower Hill

Mention Nectarine Grove in Leucadia and what first comes to mind for many people is the popular gluten-free cinnamon roll of coffee, giant swirls of sweet and sticky cinnamon covered in ice cream, a delight for those with food allergies or who follow a specialized diet.

A second location has now opened for the organic and 100% gluten-free cafe on Flower Hill’s seafront promenade.

Nectarine Grove focuses on foods created with a lot of love in good health, catering to health enthusiasts and those who follow paleo, vegan or keto diets. The coffee is organic and is 100% gluten free.

With a reduced menu from its location in Leucadia (serving gluten-free pizza, as well as chicken and waffles), the new cafe will specialize only in gluten-free baked goods, coffee and tea, as well as select breakfast dishes. throughout the day. like the chilaquiles and the Morning Glory Bowl with vegan bacon, Japanese sweet potatoes, garnet yams, portobello mushrooms, sautéed spinach and avocado, and leeks in a chipotle cashew sauce.

Rhiana Glor, owner and resident of Encinitas, opened the first Nectarine Grove about three and a half years ago.

Glor went to what he called a “hippie culinary school,” Bauman College of Natural Foods, where he learned all about all organic foods and received his certification as a wholemeal food chef.

He put his ideas and recipes into practice at Gluten-Free Healthy Organic Creations Coffee at Encinitas, which he has run for the past 14 years, opening Nectarine Grove to offer another option for those who prefer a more natural diet.

“I love promoting that lifestyle and making it easier for people to find that kind of food,” Glor said. “I love food. But I want it to be healthy and taste good.”

For the past few years, all the cooking for both locations had been done at Nectarine Grove and they simply outperformed their space. With the goal of expanding, Glor began talks with Flower Hill Promenade last August.

Glor took over the space from the old Nothing Bundt Cakes in November, doing a complete overhaul of the space and building a large outdoor patio. From November through the opening day of July 2, “it seemed like forever,” but Glor and his staff welcomed guests that Friday morning: “We’re so glad to be here.” to say.

The new Nectarine Grove location will serve coffee and all gluten-free products, such as the famous cinnamon roll, muffins, bread and bagels, pastries, cakes and cookies, and a special on weekends: donuts.

The new Nectarine Grove in Flower Hill.

(Karen Billing)

They have recently launched their long-awaited new gluten-free croissant, some striped with a splash of chocolate. Only available on Del Mar, they are accumulating my tastes on Instagram and “fly off the shelves.”

“We love our coffee drinks, they are very unique, healthy and fun,” Glor said of her drinks being served in bright, cheerful orange cups.

Nectarine Grove makes all of its own spice blends and sauces, so there’s less sugar than traditional coffee drink syrups. Milk options include whole milk-fed milk, oat milk and coconut milk.

On the Nectarine Grove menu is a line of buttered coffee drinks, made with herb-fed butter, MCT oil and collagen.

Butter coffee is a popular choice for those on a keto diet. The combination of butter and MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) in joe cup is high in fat and low in carbohydrates and, as Glor said, very filling.

Her favorite drink is The Shamrock, which combines matcha and mint, MCT oil, collagen, stevia, maple syrup, herb-fed butter and the milk you choose. Glor recommends oat milk.

“I also love our chai,” he said of his mixture of chai spices and chai tea made completely from scratch.

For Glor, it is very important that everything is as tasty and delicious as possible, in addition to being nutritious; as a lover, he will never sacrifice great taste. He hopes Nectarine Grove will become a gluten-free option for northern San Diego County residents, as well as help break down stereotypes that people have about gluten-free foods.

“A lot of times people will come with their friends and they don’t even know it’s gluten-free,” he said. “For some people gluten-free can be scary, but we want you to not even notice it.”

Nectarine Grove Cafe and Bakehouse is located in 2720 ​​Via de la Valle, suite E110 (near Chipotle) ​​on Flower Hill Promenade. Open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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