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It’s been a week since I’ve visited my own blog. Well, that’s because I have been away on vacation. And even though I was ready to blog about my every meal, however, the limitations of the “high speed” Internet offered at my hotel did not allow me to do so. It was even slower than my phone’s data.
Our first stop was to the Fisherman’s wharf, because that was where we stayed. Our hotel was literally a block away from the wharf, which was very convenient.
Our first stop was Boudin, one of the landmarks for sourdough and all things bakery. Their clam chowder was also highly recommended by one of our friends. The cafe, which was located downstairs from the Bistro Boudin, was highly occupied by tourists from all over. However, the line moved very fast. It was a very smooth order transaction.
There was nearly no cooking involved, it was all just scooping, cutting, and making. By the time we sat down and got our order, we were very hungry. As it was late in the afternoon, after our delayed flight.
There were 2 other types of soups that were served in their famous sourdough bread bowl. I wasn’t a real big fan of sour stuff but the sourness wasn’t overpowering. However, the sourdough was definitely not right out of the oven. It was in fact hard like a rock, which I was a little disappointed. The clam chowder was served New English style. It was very creamy but wish there was more after it was all consumed. There wasn’t too much potatoes like the ones you find in soup cans, but more clams.
Inside Boudin you will find a boutique style shop, be sure to shop around for neat things. But be warned, they are not cheap. These Boudin soup cans were like $10 for 2 cans.
Next my girlfriend and I shared a Bay Shrimp salad sandwich, which was one of their classics. This was a very light sandwich, my girlfriend thought it was lacking a bit of flavours. But definitely fresh bay shrimps. Again, the sourdough rolls were hard as rock. I’d thought it would be better if at least it’d be toasted or warmed up. However, it was dead cold. You’d definitely need some teeth to bite into this one.
After this, we walked along to the famous Pier 39. Don’t be deceived by the clear blue sky, it was quite windy and cold out. It almost blew us away. But that didn’t stop us from getting something summer to eat.
There were 2 stands of this at Pier 39, which is pretty much the same thing. We went to the first one coming into the Pier.
There wasn’t a lot of flavours, maybe 20-30 at most. And this was definitely not like a gelato place where you can try out all the flavours then purchase your favourite one.
We wanted something chocolatey but not too chocolatey so, we had the cookies n’ cream.
Not too long after that, we decided to go back to Pier 39 for dinner. I had Franciscan Crab and Fog Harbor on my list, but the girlfriend thinks we shouldn’t go all out on our first night. Well, she’s got a point. So we decided to look for something a little less expensive and more worth the value.
We finally came to a consensus of trying Pier Market Seafood Restaurant, situated right in the middle of Pier 39.
This was definitely an original. It was family operated and owned for the 3rd generation, which belonged to the Simmons family. They were the first to start and build this Pier.
The view was great, not sun blazing as we went pretty late (around 7:30-8pm) at night. But it was just the right timing to see the sun disappear.
We walked right in without having to wait. But since our table was right by the door, we decided to wait a tad for a table inside where we can glance the view.
Once again, this restaurant has ties with Boudin which they get their bread freshly delivered every morning. So by night time, you can imagine how hard the bread is. We only dig a piece at it.
We each had a decent portion of a crab cake for appetizer. It was one of their house specialty served with a Cajun remoulade. The crab cake was decent and was mixed with a generous portion of real crab meat. It’s got a kick to it, not spicy but just a Cajun kick. My girlfriend disliked the cilantro that was mixed with it, but that’s just for someone who doesn’t like cilantro. I loved it.
Both our entrees were ordered from the Specialty menu. My girlfriend got the Shrimp Combo Fest, a combo of grilled shrimp, shrimp scampi and fried shrimp. It is served with cole slaw and choice of rice or garlic buttered new potatoes. Instead of fried shrimp, she got both grilled. Flavours were very rich, especially the shrimp scampi. The wine taste was very strong.
I was very ready for my meal! Cioppino is a classic San Francisco seafood dish and you must try one if you are in San Francisco!
A tomato based seafood stew with fresh fish, mussels, clams, shrimp and crab served over pasta. This was an absolute deal, other restaurants in the area charging close to or over $30 for this meal. It was a cold evening, so this meal definitely was a tummy warmer. The stew was perfect, not overpowering the seafood. The portion was extremely generous.
The clams were almost the size of my palm (ok, maybe not quite). But it was close. There was about 3-4 crab legs, huge chunks of salmon and other fish. The mussels were small, maybe not in season. But the broth was so good, I cleared out my plate.
Our total before taxes was about $54. And after taxes was just under $61. For a seafood dinner on the pier, I thought this was a pretty good price. The service was quick and prompt, our server was quite friendly (knowing it’s our first time at the Pier). The dinner was relatively cheaper than others nearby restaurants. And if you drive, they will pay for your parking to dine here.