Sometimes even the most dedicated of healthy eaters find themselves craving pizza, TV dinners, even (oh, the horror) hot dogs. If you happen to find yourself suffering with such a craving while touring the Sunset, Underdog (1634 Irving St., 415/665-8881, www.myspace.com/underdogorganic, daily 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., $4) can hook you up.
This genuine hot-dog stand sells organic sausages, from full-fledged brats to grass-fed beef dogs to vegetarian and even vegan sausages. Everything else is organic too-the rolls, the condiments, the side salads, and the sodas. Even the packaging and disposable items are made with recycled and biodegradable materials.
So grab yourself a dog—guilt free! Be prepared to carry it with you or eat standing up, since seating at this tiny eatery is severely limited.
For visitors from parts east who long for a taste of home, The Cheese Steak Shop (1716 Divisadero St., 415/346-3712, www.cheesesteakshop.com, Mon. and Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Tues.–Thurs. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., $10) provides a welcome respite from the endless California cuisine. Heck, even locals can’t live on bean sprouts all the time.
This smallish franchise serves up hearty cheesesteak sandwiches, Philadelphia style, to order. You can even get a Tastykake, a goodie you won’t find many other places in California.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition