Best Health Foods San Francisco 2003 - Rainbow Grocery
Rainbow's huge warehouse grocery carries organic fruits and vegetables, exotic cheeses, biodegradable shampoo, homeopathic remedies, rows and rows of vitamins including natural aphrodisiacs, and delicious vegan desserts (baked without dairy). There is not a speck of dead flesh to be found in the clean, brightly lit, nice-smelling emporium. Plus, it is a worker-owned cooperative. The 200 or so employees tend to be artists, writers, and musicians who favor non-mainstream lifestyles. They are a swell bunch of folks and are very knowledgeable about their products. Rainbow is a major local donor to nonprofit do-gooder and leftist organizations and recently got into a political imbroglio by banning Israeli-made goods from its shelves. Don't worry: The store still carries bagels.