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Healthy Eating--24th and Mission

david de berkeley Nov 18, 2009 02:10 PM

I've lived in the neighborhood for several years and only know two places to get cheap, reasonably healthy food--Papalote and We Be Sushi. Both not that awesome. But it beats cooking after exercising.

The neighborhood is fantastic for calorie laden treats, but something a little lighter is in order when coming back from the gym. The 45 minutes on the treadmill can all be erased (and then some) by that beautiful fish torta from Tortas Los Picudos.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. wolfe RE: david de berkeley Nov 18, 2009 02:19 PM

    See if anything from the chowdown at Inkas strikes your fancy and it's just over 1/2 mile from 24th and Mission. Pescado sudado sounds healthy.

    1. Melanie Wong RE: david de berkeley Nov 18, 2009 02:36 PM

      Hey david de berkeley, good to see you here again.

      Maybe you can check out Nombe and let us know if it's any good.
      The grilled items sound good to me.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        david de berkeley RE: Melanie Wong Nov 18, 2009 05:02 PM

        Hi Melanie, thanks for the welcome! It's good to be back, haven't posted in a very long time (maybe 2002? 2004?).

        Nombe is definitely on the "to do" list, looking to go the beginning of next month, will report back.

      2. Robert Lauriston RE: david de berkeley Nov 18, 2009 03:25 PM

        Old Jerusalem.

        Old Jerusalem
        2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          beerandpork RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 18, 2009 11:40 PM

          My (admittedly few) visits to OJ have been plenty heavy on the oil. I love the results, but it may not be what the OP is looking for. Maybe it depends on what you order?

        2. BernalKC RE: david de berkeley Nov 18, 2009 03:49 PM

          Believe it or not, it is possible to order light and healthy at Big Mouth Burgers. Grilled eggplant sandwiches, garden burgers, grilled salmon, Caesar salad... may not be totally lo-cal, but they are cheap and tasty. Then again, I can't help but add a side of fries, which totally blows the 'light' concept. Definitely affordable.

          And if 21st & Valencia is close enough, Udupai Palace can be light and cheap. Dosa too, though a bit more expensive. Also in that radius and in the Peruvian vein, Limon Rotisserie ceviche is excellent.

          And you are aware, I hope, that the link between exercise and weight loss is more or less nil. Stay fit to stay alive. To lose weight, eat less.

          Udupi Palace
          1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Limon Rotisserie
          1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Big Mouth Burgers
          3392 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: BernalKC
            escargot3 RE: BernalKC Nov 18, 2009 03:56 PM

            ditto for Robert's suggsetion of Old Jerusalem. Very tasty and definitely healthy.

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              Windy RE: escargot3 Nov 18, 2009 04:22 PM

              Really? I've been there a few times and it was neither. What do you recommend?

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                Mick Ruthven RE: Windy Nov 18, 2009 05:28 PM

                I'd also like to know. I had one less-then sterling experience there (food - shawerma - and service) and haven't been back.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Windy Nov 19, 2009 09:41 AM

                  Mossabaha, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, lentil soup, stuffed falafel, and molukhia, among others.

              2. re: BernalKC
                Windy RE: BernalKC Nov 18, 2009 04:29 PM

                So I guess Yats is out. And I gotta dispute Bernal's health advice against exercise. To lose weight, eat fewer calories than you burn. Walk farther to dinner.

                I love Udupi and Big Mouth, although I don't eat anything healthy at either.

                Lotus Garden has delicious Vietnamese on Mission just south of Valencia (past Cesar Chavez).

                In the other direction (18th and Mission), Minako is very healthy home-cooked Japanese. The sushi is fine, but it's the rest of the menu that you want to explore. Prices vary.

                Yamo is cheap, delicious, and healthy.

              3. BernalKC RE: david de berkeley Nov 19, 2009 08:02 AM

                Would Esperpento fit the bill? Or is it another place where you could conceivably order a light, healthy meal, but you never do because the best dishes seduce you?

                1. mariacarmen RE: david de berkeley Nov 19, 2009 02:27 PM

                  If you want to add another 3-4 blocks to your workout, you can get take-out salads from Valencia Whole Foods, or Herbivore is a couple doors down on Valencia.

                  1. farmersdaughter RE: david de berkeley Nov 20, 2009 12:06 PM

                    There's a new restaurant called Nombe on Mission and 21st that might fit the bill. The menu sounds like it has a bit of everything: http://www.nombesf.com/

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                    1. re: farmersdaughter
                      Robert Lauriston RE: farmersdaughter Nov 20, 2009 04:48 PM

                      It's an izakaya. Probably one thing or another on the menu would meet anyone's definition of "healthy."

                      2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                      sugartoof RE: david de berkeley Nov 20, 2009 06:01 PM

                      What about Sushi Bistro? Herbivore has been mentioned, but it needs repeating.

                      Maybe, Yama for Burmese? Sunflower for Vietnamese (if you order carefully).
                      Schmidt's is nearby, for German foods, providing you order carefully.
                      Quiche at Tartine
                      Dolores Park Cafe has salads and Fritz has crepes...both might be ideas to try.
                      Bi-Rite market also has really good prepared foods for takeout with lots of options.

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