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Nov 18, 2009 02:10 PM

Healthy Eating--24th and Mission

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. 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. 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

        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. Old Jerusalem.

        Old Jerusalem
        2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          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. 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

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

            1. re: escargot3

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

              1. re: Windy

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

                1. re: Windy

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

              2. re: BernalKC

                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. 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?