WHY WE LOVE RAINBOW GROCERY: As one of the last-remaining worker-owned cooperative groceries in the city, Rainbow is well known for their vegetarian-only mandate. No meats or seafood here, but the infamous cheese section (Rainbow's cheesemonger, Gordon Edgar, wrote a best-selling book on cheese), the staggering variety of nutritional supplements and an extensive bulk food selection certainly make up for the lack of meaty-protein. In fact, Rainbow is the best place to purchase your bulk herbs and spices in the city and their commitment to carrying local and fair trade products that help sustain local growers and producers means you'll find some of the best of the Bay Area's artisan products and produce on their shelves.
HISTORY: Rainbow opened in 1975 in a small 2,000 square foot storefront on 16th Street in San Francisco's Mission District and due to the overwhelming response from the neighborhood quickly outgrew its space. In 1983, the store moved to the 9,000 square foot space on 15th and Mission where it still operates 7 days a week.
FAVORITES: The bulk herb and spice section is like heaven for home cooks, every conceivable ingredient for almost every conceivable recipe can be found in the enormous selection of jars and bins. As previously mentioned, the Rainbow cheese section is well known not just for its incredible selection, but also its cheese monger Gordan Edgar, who authored the best-selling cheese tome http://gordonzola.net/reviews-and-interviews/http://gordonzola.net/reviews-and-interviews/.