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Jul 18, 2013 11:31 AM

Favorite Guilty Pleasure near Financial District [San Francisco]

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?

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

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      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. Steak tartare and a Sidecar at Bix.

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

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        1. re: Frosty Melon

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

        2. 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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          1. re: DavidT

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

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              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. 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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            1. re: grayelf

              Almonds, olives and peppers sound low glycemic.

                1. re: wally

                  Not the Vermentino, though : -).

                  1. re: grayelf

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