Everything is gluten-free, as well as being responsibly raised and sourced at this take-out/eat-in/fast-casual newcomer in a Palo Alto shopping center, masterminded by Grace Nguyen (ex Slanted Door) and husband Chad Newton (ex Fish & Farm), presenting customizable to-go "boxes" of Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian street food (rice, rice noodles, veggies) with a choice of proteins, fixings and housemade sauces (including the “very hot Hot Box It”). The formula has already proven to be successful - the website FindMeGlutenFree.com awarded Asian Box a "Best of Find Me Gluten Free" award in 2012 - and the duo just opened up a second outpost in Mountain View, plus a third in Burlingame is in the works for spring, setting up the bar to become the first gluten-free, fast-casual destination of its kind.
855 El Camino Real, Town & Country Village, Palo Alto: 650-391-9305
142 Castro St.; Mountain View; 650-584-3947
Photo: Sonya Yu Photography