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Lighter fare in San Francisco

I've been on a recent health kick and have barely left gone out to restaurants with friends because of that.  I want to go out again!  Any recommendations on restaurants in the cities that wouldn't leave me feeling guilty?  Any specific dishes there were would be great, too!

1 Answer

answered first by
Tim from San Francisco

Here are some great restaurants and dishes for what I call slow-carb meals in San Francisco, straight from my book, The 4-Hour Chef:


  • Limón Peruvian Rotisserie: Ceviche Mixto (Fish, Calamari & Tiger Shrimp)
  • Sotto Mare: Cioppino
  • Zuni Cafe: Sautéed Petrale Sole (or the Chicken for Two if it’s your cheat day)
  • Gitane: Pescado (Pan-Roasted Petrale Sole,
    Heirloom Tomatoes, Romano & Yellow Wax Beans, Mint, Piri Piri sauce)
  • Don Pisto's: House-Made Chorizo Mussels
  • Kokkari Estiatorio: Octapodaki tou Yiorgou (Grilled Octopus)
  • Chez Panisse(this is actually in Berkeley, but close enough) : Northern Halibut with Meyer Lemon and Green-Olive Sauce (or whatever fish or meat is on the menu that night)


  • Dosa: Chennai Chicken
  • Rosamunde Sausage Grill: Mission Street Sausage Plate
  • Lers Ros Thai: Pad Kra Prow Moo Krob (Stir-Fried Pork Belly with Crispy Rind and Basil Leaves)
  • Le P'tit Laurent: Lapin Façon Normande (Rabbit Normandy) and Le Cassoulet Toulousain Maison (Homemade Cassoulet)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Limón Peruvian Rotisserie (restaurant)
  2. Dosa (restaurant)
  3. Sotto Mare (restaurant)
  4. Rosamunde Sausage Grill (restaurant)
  5. Zuni Cafe (restaurant)
  6. Gitane (restaurant)
  7. Don Pisto's (restaurant)
  8. Lers Ros Thai (restaurant)
  9. Chez Panisse (restaurant)
  10. Kokkari Estiatorio (restaurant)
  11. Assab Eritrean Restaurant (restaurant)
  12. ICHI Sushi (restaurant)
  13. Firefly Restaurant (restaurant)
  14. Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant (attraction)
  15. Le P'tit Laurent (restaurant)
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