Where do you take your celiac friend from LA who is dying for fried chicken? Grease Box. This small, unpretentious cafe is gluten-free and full of “bare hand made” dishes with a definite South Louisiana bent, just like chef/owner Lizzie Boelter, who makes absolutely no apologies for frying stuff—chicken, veggies, onion rings—using chickpea flour. This is American comfort food but with a California urban-ag vibe, meaning kale, beets, and avocados with attitude might mingle with the eggs, the “pretty thick bacon,” and almond buttermilk waffles or brown rice flour pancakes. Whole grains, like corn and brown rice, are go-to ingredients, and everything, from almond milk to Texas queso (whatever that is), is “made from absolute scratch!” Sautéed vegetables, slaw, brisket, ribs, and pulled pork are palate-pleasers, too. Serves breakfast and lunch Mon.Sat. and dinner Fri.Sat.