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Eat Well, Feel Good

2Good2B Bakery & Café is Satisfying and Surprising Customers

Scientific research connecting our diets and disease is rapidly growing, particularly regarding the effects of gluten. “As doctors start to understand that many diseases are associated with food allergies, the number of people that seek gluten-free food is increasing,” said Diana Benedek, Ph.D. She found inspiration in her own health struggles, and the discovery that eliminating gluten was not enough, and she needed to also cut corn and soy from her diet to improve her health.

Committed to cutting these foods out of her life, she was now faced with different struggles – finding tasty gluten-free food without corn and soy, as well as avoiding cross-contamination and hidden allergens in restaurants. Her solution: the award-winning 2Good2B Bakery & Café in Encinitas, recently joined by a brand-new Rancho Bernardo location.


Today, Diana is feeling great, and her customers love the outcome. All menu items at 2Good2B are of the highest quality and homemade, and everything is gluten, corn, and soy free, with many dairy-free and vegetarian options. 2Good2B is known for their pot pies, paninis, chicken salad melt, flatbreads, pesto mac n’ cheese, as well as their delicious cakes, cupcakes, and pies. “Our cupcakes and paninis remain our best sellers,” Diana added.

To avoid hidden allergens, the culinary team grates the cheeses and makes their own spice mixes, sauces, rubs, and dressings to ensure no chemicals and preservatives typical of shelf-ready, processed food are used. “Chefs John Toner, Amanda Palomino, and Anthony Rodrigues share their passion for food with our customers,” said Diana, noting Amanda and Anthony are Hell’s Kitchen chefs, and can be seen on seasons 11, 15, and 17. Diana’s also currently looking for franchisees to join the team and offer healthy and delicious gluten-corn-and soy-free food in California and Nevada.

“As much as 50 percent of our clients are not gluten free. They just come to enjoy the healthy, pure food.”

The passion and quality at 2Good2B have earned the team multiple awards for best gluten-free food in San Diego. Diana is most proud of being a Best Desserts and Best Bakery finalist for the San Diego Union Tribune – competing against non-gluten-free bakeries!

And it’s not only the gluten-free customers who love the café. “As much as 50 percent of our clients are not gluten free,” Diana explained. “They just come to enjoy the healthy, pure food that they know contains no preservatives, MSG, corn syrup, or other chemicals that do not belong in food.”



Name of Business: 2Good2B Bakery & Café
Founder and CEO: Diana Benedek, Ph.D.
Chefs and Managers: Chef John Toner (Baker), Chef Manda Palomino (Encinitas), and Chef Anthony Rodriguez (RB)
Years in Operation: 6
Year of Establishment: 2011
Encinitas Address: 204N El Camino Real, Suite H, Encinitas, CA, 92024
Rancho Bernardo Address: 11975 Bernardo Plaza Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: Encinitas – 760-942-4663; RB – 858-487-4663
Description of Business: An award-winning fast-casual, slow-food bakery and café providing delicious gluten, corn, and soy protein-free bakery savory dishes, breads, and desserts. 2Good2B offers delicious, healthy food in a safe environment for people with food allergies – but everyone else can also enjoy healthy, pure food.