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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ten Fat-tastic Foods to Eat Before Your New Year's Resolutions Start

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

With New Year's right around the corner, it's time to let your stomach have its last hurrah. It's an organ that stretches for a reason, so why not have a have a fat-tastic time? Here's a list of must-eats before you embark on that new gluten-free master-cleanse ab-roller no-fun New Year's Resolution diet. Our list stops at 10, but feel free to ad your own favorites in the comments section.

10. Ice Cream from Bi-Rite Creamery

Even Mission hipsters put down their fixed-gear bikes (the very object that defines them) to hold onto an ice cream cone from Bi-Rite. The cones' intoxicating flavors can make even the most solemn hipster smile. Try the salted caramel ice cream with toffee, and your smile lines may be permanent in spite of the Botox. 3692 18th St. (at Dolores) 

9. Doughnuts from Bob's

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA WILHELM Y.
Gotta love Bob's. Though lots of patrons order their doughnuts to go, part of the joy is grabbing a stool at the counter, ordering a glass of milk, and enjoying the Polk Street ambiance. Here's an insider tip (from inside our belly, that is): Simply ask, "What just came out of the oven?", then order 17. It's a fun way to play hot, fresh, sugary sweet roulette with your tongue. 1621 Polk (at Clay)

8. Cupcakes from Kara's

With six locations in the Bay Area and Napa, you have no excuse to not figure

out some route home from work that takes you past a Kara's. Order the

fleur de sel, a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, filled with

caramel, and with a touch of sea salt. They say fleur de sel is French

sea salt, but at Kara's Cupcakes it translates to "mouthwatering." We

work from home, and we'll be stopping at Kara's on our way home from

work today. 3249 Scott (at Chestnut)  and 900 North Point (at Larkin)

7. Cheese Steak from The Cheese Steak Shop


do you like your meat cooked? Answer: In a Philadelphia cheese-steak

roll. At 1716 Divisadero there is a special "shop" filled with the most

delicious cheese steaks in the Bay Area. If you are a card-carrying

member of The Cheese Steak Shop and know that Sundays and Tuesdays are

double-stamp days, then there is a lot to like about you.

1716 Divisadero (at Sutter) 

6. Carbo Loading at Dottie's True Blue Café

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If you live in San Francisco and you have not been to Dottie's for

brunch, then you need to go, and you need to go tomorrow. At the very

least you need to go before the New Year begins, while carbs are still

your friend. You will stand in line for over a half an hour, outside,

in the Tenderloin, but we promise you need to go there anyway. Dottie's

is the best place on Earth, like Disneyworld for your stomach. Order

anything, better yet, go with friends and share everything. 522 Jones

(at Geary)

5. Breakfast for Dinner at Town Hall


down the best comfort food in the city is tucked in the starter menu at

Town Hall. Order Faith's warm ham and cheese toast with poached egg and

jalapeno cream. This is an appetizer that truly should not be shared,

simply because if someone eats more then their fair share, you will

understand the meaning of the word hate. Miss Manners be damned: Simply say to your dining companions, "Order your own, I'm not sharing." 342 Howard (at Fremont)

4. Hot Dogs from the Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Carts


carts move, which makes stumbling into one late night feel ever so

serendipitous, like the delicious bacon-wrapped hot-dog deliciousness

was meant just for you. On New Year's, if midnight hits and you didn't

find someone to kiss, go to the Mission and find one of these carts. If

the person in line in front of you orders a bacon-wrapped dog, they're

your soul mate.

3. Ribs at Baby Blues BBQ

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you like some meat to go with your meat? The best part about Baby Blues

is the fact that it delivers, meaning you can dive ungracefully into a

BBQ-induced food coma and not have to worry about getting home. 3149

Mission (at Powers)

2. Duck Fat Fries at Orson


say potato, I say duck fat fries. As this list (and 2009) comes to a

close, head over to Orson and reminisce about the past year with a

glass of wine and a plate of duck fat fries.

508 Fourth St. (at Bryant)

1. Ryan Scott's Homemade Mac 'n' Cheese


Café, our fave place to get mac 'n' cheese, is gone, but we scoured

Facebook to rustle up the recipe from former chef Ryan Scott (yes, the

hottie from Bravo's Top Chef Season Four).

Adult Truffled Mac 'n' Cheese with Smoked Bacon and Gruyere
by Ryan Scott, Ryan Scott 2 Go


1 tablespoon kosher salt

Vegetable oil

1 pound elbow macaroni

1 quart milk

1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

12 ounces Gruyere, grated

8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar, grated

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons white truffle oil

1/2 pound smoked bacon, cooked and chopped

1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)


1) Preheat oven to 375°F.

2) Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions; drain well.

3) Meanwhile, heat milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil.

Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add

flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Add hot

milk, whisking, and cook 1-2 minutes, until thickened and smooth.

Remove from heat and add cheeses, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and

nutmeg. Add cooked macaroni and stir well. Stir in truffle oil and

chopped bacon and pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

4) Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, combine with fresh

bread crumbs, and sprinkle on top. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the

sauce is bubbly and the top browned.

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