Here we are today at Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco near Pier 43, checking out a few of the many outdoor seafood specialty shops that line this busy, “touristy” bayside waterfront corridor.
If you click the next image to enlarge it, you can read the menu, which will gives you a good idea of what’s being offered at what price at all the competing seafood shops alongside this marketplace. Each one, of course, claiming theirs is “the best”, especially in the bid for “best Clam Chowder”. Let’s check it out!
Crustaceans abound, with Dungeness Crab being especially bountiful.
Crab A protests to Crab B behind him, “Dude, let go of my FRIGGIN’ leg!” Crab B shiveringly yells back, “Dude, I’ve got a baaaaaaad feeling about this, and I’m scared as hell! You’re all I’ve got here!”
“Dude, I’ve got a last-ditch effort plan: Let’s play dead and they’ll think we’re spoiled and throw us back in the drink.”
What must be noted, is at the time of our visit in the early part of November, we were told the Dungeness Crabs sold all over San Fran’ were mostly brought in from Washington state further up the north west, as commercial crabbing season off the central California Coast hadn’t started yet (just days away).
“Rock” the Lobster whispers out, desperately searching for his two crabby friends, “Psst, dude, you guys still there? You sti…
Now for my fave’, New England style Clam Chowder served in a genuine, fresh-baked San Francisco Sourdough Bread Bowl!…
With all the different shops competing with each other here selling essentially the same things, I ended up trying the Clam Chowder Sourdough Bread Bowl from the Crab Station…
So how was Crab Station’s Sourdough Bread Bowl “Chowdah”? EX-CEL-LENT!!! So, so, so, so, so ONO! Surely the sights, sounds and smells of the bay just steps away from where I was eating it helped put my brain into “the zone”, same as the enhancing effect I experience whenever eating a simple nori-wrapped musubi on the beach. While not quite as simple in execution as a nori musubi, that seemingly simple combination of New England Clam Chowder served in a Soughdough Bread bowl, when eaten in unison, is just, soooooooo goooooooooood. So, so good, and San Francisco Bay’s “negative ion” sea air makes it oh-so that much better.
You get velvety-creamy from the chowder soup broth, then chewy-toasty from the bread bowl crust. Meaty from the clams, then slightly tangy from the sourdough “meat” of the broth-soaked bread bowl. Simply put, it’s a unique contrast of flavors and textures that work absolutely fantastic in unison with one another.
Surely you can replicate this at home wherever you are. Yet the ambiance of sitting right on the bay as the sea birds squawk and ferries float by while enjoying a hot bowl of Clam Chowder in a genuine San Francisco Sourdough Bread Bowl, all while paying a thrifty $6? My friends, that’s pretty much as good as it gets. Da’ best-est-est-est-est!
10 SPAM MUSUBI for Crab Station’s Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl, served right on the bay waterfront at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
Like majestic Diamond Head overlooking world-famous Waikiki and the Statue of King Kamehameha near downtown Honolulu, the Golden Gate Bridge and the former prisoners island known as Alcatraz are probably two of the most photographed landmarks in San Francisco. Yet have you ever seen it from UNDER or behind it? Well, if you take one of the many boat tours offered along the bay’s waterfront docks, you can do just that, as we’ve done, with photos in this next gallery set from that tour. Enjoy.
Pretty cool boat tour. Cost is $24/person, with the cruise around the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz taking about 1 hour. For your convenience, sandwiches, snack foods and drinks, including spirits are served on board. For more info, visit RedandWhite.com.
Back to the Wharf, my guess is whoever chucked this uneaten Clam Chowder Sourdough Bread Bowl to the birds must have got it from the “other guys”…
Even that sea bird is lookin’ at it like, “Hmmm, I don’t know, man. Looks sketchy. They must have got that from those other guys.” lol
Here’s the pier nearby the seafood markets I walked you through earlier…
A sign explaining the typical catch San Francisco’s local fisherman bring in off California’s coastal waters…
Next post, breakfast at our newly relocated hotel digs at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, a tour through nearby Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe and Ghirardelli Square, plus more fun musings around the Wharf area.