Where to eat when you're, well...
...ok, I'll say it. FAT. This is a problem which I'm sure other Chowhounds share, since after all, we do love our food. So, I'm on a diet and my biggest difficulty is lunch. I work near City Hall, and there's just not a lot of options around here. I'm looking for relatively low fat foods, not a lot of carbohydrates, mostly lean meat, veggies, & fruit. Since decent salads and fresh fruit are in short supply in this 'hood, what would you suggest? Here's a few things I've found, but I desperately need more suggestions:
* Weds. Civic Center Farmer's market has all the fresh fruit I could want, and all the fresh veggies I can steam in the microwave, I wish every day was Wednesday, although it's hard to resist Roli Roti.
* Pho Ga is fairly low-fat, although the rice noodles add a fair # of calories. Turtle Tower is my choice.
* I had the tea leaf salad at Larkin Express today, which was great but probably not the best choice I could have made, since it's full of little fried goodies. But I explained my dilemna to the nice man there, and he suggested the Fish Noodle Soup, which I might get tomorrow. Any other Burmese dishes relatively low cal?
*Salad from Max's. Overpriced, like everything else there, but still, it's a salad.
*Salad bar at Opera Plaza Deli. Very mediocre salad bar, but edible.
*The (mediocre) Chinese steam table/dim sum place on Larkin off Golden Gate has small fruit salads for $1
*The Vietnamese food around here is great, but there's a limit to how many summer rolls I can eat. Other suggestions?
Is Polk & Eddy within walking distance from work? Brenda's French Soul Food has a House Salad for $6 and you can add roasted chicken breast or salmon. A bowl of chicken-sausage-okra Gumbo is $5.50. There are Daily Specials, too, on the blackboard.
Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk Street at Eddy
It's true, this neighborhood is tough in that regard. Watch the dressing on those Max's salads--they make make a salad a worse choice calorie-wise than a sandwich.
I second the recommendation for Mekong. Larb, papaya salad, glass noodle salad, beef or shrimp salad should all be pretty safe. Also, the param pak is just steamed veggies and tofu. You could ask for the peanut sauce on the side so you can control the amount.
Wrap Delight makes a bahn mi with boiled egg, and if you ask for no mayo that gives you a pretty low fat sandwich. Still lots of bread, but better than many options.
The taqueria on GG--get tacos with plain beans, black or pinto, no rice, no cheese, and boiled chicken, splurge on avocado (hey, it's healthy fat!) then eat with knife and fork so you can reduce tortilla consumption.
Finally, my "diet special" lunch is to walk up to Whole Foods at Franklin and California. The walk takes about 40 min. round trip, and they have a great salad and hot food bar where there are a number of healthy options. Plus you get a little exercise :-)
The Turk and Larkin deli has a great three salad deal. They have a decent spread of salads - a couple of kinds of fresh fruit, an avocado and tomato salad (even though avocado is fattening, its so good for you), and the usual pastas and cesear.
I really like Shima Sushi, located in Opera Plaza. I'd recommend the chirashi lunch special ($13.95) - lots of fresh sashimi on a mound of rice. You could forgo the rice and just focus on the fish.
The vegetables are very well prepared and delicious at Mekong Restaurant, a Thai place.
Last but not least, there is the ba mihn (did I spell that right?) options on Larkin. The tofu ones are probably lean on the calories, although they do have the carbs you are trying to avoid. But such a deal!
791 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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