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

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

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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) http://biritecreamery.com/ 

9. Doughnuts from Bob's

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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

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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) www.karascupcakes.com/

7. Cheese Steak from The Cheese Steak Shop

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How 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) http://www.cheesesteakshop.com 

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) http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com

5. Breakfast for Dinner at Town Hall

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Hands 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) https://www.townhallsf.com

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

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These 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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Would 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) www.babybluessf.com

2. Duck Fat Fries at Orson

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You 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. www.orsonsf.com 508 Fourth St. (at Bryant)

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

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Myth 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

Ingredients:
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)

Procedure:
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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