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Carbo Loading Before Bay to Breakers

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Good-spirited runners nearing the crest of the Hayes Street hill. Good-spirited runners nearing the crest of the Hayes Street hill.

By Tyler Cohn

If you are planning on running or walking the 7.45 miles that make up the Bay to Breakers route, you will need to do two things.

First, select the perfect costume that is both breathable and flexible. Second, find places to load up on carbs the week before. You'll want to taper off on the carbs as you get closer to race day.

Choose these restaurants where you can nab delicious, energy-packed meals that will leave you wanting to race back for more.

Tonys Pizza in SF PicmonkeyA slice of Tonys Neopolitan Pizza and a bottle of Moretti might be just the right amount of carbs

Bistro Boudin (Fisherman's Wharf, 160 Jefferson St.)

What better way to load up on carbs than with San Francisco’s most famous bread, Boudin sourdough. The natural probiotics and low amounts of gluten make this bread a win-win. While everyone comes for the clam chowder in a bread bowl, try the Dungeness crab mac and cheese topped with buttered sourdough breadcrumbs.

Schroeder's Restaurant (240 Front St.)

Many come for the boots of beer, but the pretzel knots and Käse Spätzle make Schroeder's Restaurant a carb haven for German-food lovers.

The Bell Tower (1900 Polk St.)

Popular for its outdoor seating, this neighborhood restaurant boasts a hearty menu of comfort foods that will leave you running back for more. Load up on pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese and nachos.

Noodles & Company (Various locations)

In the mood for Pad Thai? Mac and cheese? Spaghetti and meatballs? Noodles & Company is your one-stop shop for cuisine inspired by noodles across the globe.

Le Colonial (20 Cosmo Pl.)

Warm up before race day with a noodle bowl from Le Colonial. Order a Canh Chua Chay or Pho Bo for a satisfying meal that won’t break the bank.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (1570 Stockton St.)

You can put pretty much anything on a pizza, but at Tony’s the Margherita wins hands down - literally, since Tony won the World Pizza Cup Title in Naples. For a pre-race day meal, try any pie paired with a quinoa or spinach salad for an extra energy boost.

Delarosa (two locations)

There's one clear advantage to visiting either of Delarosa's locations in the Marina or the Financial District: they're both in two of the flattest neighborhoods in San Francisco. You can gobble up some of their outstanding pizza without straining your calves on an incline.


Editor’s note: San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers bills itself as the world’s oldest continuously-contested running event. Begun in 1912, it was originally known as the Cross City Run and the route still spans San Francisco in an east-to-west route, finishing on the Great Highway along the Pacific Ocean. Among the many thousands of entrants are a few elite runners—paid professionals these days—but mostly it’s hordes of recreational runners just out for a good time. Many of them run in costume, or sometimes a lack of costume. The 2017 edition will happen Sunday morning, the 21st of May. For more information about the run visit BaytoBreakers.com. You may also want to visit Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area Lodging and Dining options.

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