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seal Jul 18, 2013 11:31 AM

I am a diabetic fat guy coming to town and looking to break strict diet for one amazing treat. Sweet or savory doesn't matter but it just can't be healthy. Ideas?

  1. Robert Lauriston Jul 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    Dim sum at Yank Sing, pasta at Perbacco, pizza and pasta at Cotogna.

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      steve h. Jul 18, 2013 01:20 PM

      All RL said plus cherry-picking cheese, cured meats, bread at the the Ferry Plaza during week-day lunch and settling in at the Wine Merchants' bar.


      Edited to add: 2:30 or later lunch at the counter at Tadich (your waiter selects your meal) with two martinis; oysters and California sparkling wine for lunch at the Hog Island counter in the Ferry Plaza; late lunch at Zuni Cafe with oysters, gimlets and a burger. It's just like playing hooky.

    2. CarrieWas218 Jul 18, 2013 12:01 PM

      Steak tartare and a Sidecar at Bix.

      1. Frosty Melon Jul 18, 2013 12:04 PM

        If Saturday or Thursday, a porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti at the Ferry Building.

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          Dustin_E Jul 18, 2013 01:23 PM

          i like the wild salmon blt at hayes st. grill ferry building on saturdays. don't know if that is unhealthy enough, though.

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          DavidT Jul 18, 2013 12:59 PM

          Have a chocolate brownie at one of the Specialties bake stores. They taste even better out of the day-old half-price tray.

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            Ruth Lafler Jul 18, 2013 01:03 PM

            Thanks for the tip. Yeah, brownies need to "cure."

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              ssfire Jul 19, 2013 03:43 PM

              On the other hand, the semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies at Specialty's Cafe are amazing when they are still warm out of the oven. They often have a new batch come out of the oven around 12:30-ish. But when they cool off, they are not nearly as good. At a price of 6 grams of saturated fat per cookie, I only get them when they're still warm.

          2. grayelf Jul 18, 2013 02:06 PM

            Sweet: If early in the day (they sell out), a Starter kouign amann from the Coffee Bar. All the better if it is an elusive hazelnut one, second fave is plain.

            Savoury: Harrow for happy hour -- a plate of crunchy Marcona almonds, plump castelvetrano olives and blistered shishito peppers ($3 each) with a glass of vermentino ($6) only Wed-Fri 5 to 6:30 though

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              Scott M Jul 18, 2013 02:54 PM

              Almonds, olives and peppers sound low glycemic.

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                wally Jul 18, 2013 06:16 PM


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                  grayelf Jul 18, 2013 09:30 PM

                  Not the Vermentino, though : -).

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                    wally Jul 18, 2013 09:37 PM

                    Alcohol actually can lower your blood sugar, so it sounds like a good treat. The Kouign Amann though is deadly on all counts.

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                      grayelf Jul 18, 2013 10:18 PM

                      Who knew!?

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              Prabhakar Ragde Jul 18, 2013 04:23 PM

              Bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce at Hooker's Sweet Treats (a little out of the FiDi but not that far).

              1. mariacarmen Jul 18, 2013 06:23 PM

                Mission Bowling Center burger, followed up by a bacon-wrapped hot dog anywhere on Mission St. End it with the whiskey milkshake drink (name is escaping me) at Kronnerburger. And if you still have room, one of their burgers too, or a Mission-style carne asada burrito.

                ETA - oops, sorry, just realized you asked for Fidi... fried chicken at the Arik truck at lunch on Sansome. Altho... a BART ride to the Mission is only 10 mins...

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                  estnet Jul 18, 2013 10:42 PM

                  are you trying to kill him? VBG

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                    chocolatetartguy Jul 19, 2013 12:08 PM

                    Is the milkshake drink Scotch or Bourbon?

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                      Scott M Jul 19, 2013 12:28 PM

                      Looking at the menu, I am assuming it is the Scotcholate Milk cocktail listed; if so then Scotch

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                        mariacarmen Jul 19, 2013 01:35 PM

                        that's it. delish.

                  2. ipsedixit Jul 18, 2013 07:08 PM

                    - No. 14 at Galette 88

                    - Garlic Fries with supersauce and a Straus vanilla soft serve (choco dipped) at Super Duper Burgers.

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                      Mr_Happy Jul 18, 2013 10:04 PM

                      A California pork sisig burrito from Senor Sisig. With an egg. This is a burrito with french fries instead of rice, so not really representative of a SF burrito. However, it is delicious and probably pretty bad for you.

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                        aldica8 Jul 19, 2013 01:47 PM

                        Sushi at Sushi In on Chestnut treat; and you need not break your diet.

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                          Joshg6 Jul 29, 2013 12:52 PM

                          Not sure you understand what a diabetic's strict diet would be....it surely would NOT include white rice or other high-glycemic options.

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                            slew Jul 29, 2013 01:26 PM

                            Uh... I think you missed the point of the OP's request... :)

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                              Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2013 01:29 PM

                              "looking to break strict diet for one amazing treat"

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                            TsqdSF Jul 29, 2013 01:19 PM

                            Mario's on Columbus at Union, next to Washington Square Park. Best panini in the city. Egg Plant Focaccia is out of this world. great people. All the locals wish it was on a hidden alley so it wasn't so packed with tourists. All-around greatest spot in North Beach to eat a sin against dietanity.

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