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[San Francisco] Fisherman’s Wharf Must-Tries: Dungeness crabs and clam chowder served in sourdough bread

When in Rome, do as the Romans do … and when in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California … order dungeness crabs and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

Local delights at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Street foodie delights at Fisherman’s Wharf, SF

When you’re at fisherman’s wharf, how can you not be mesmerized by the surreality of the beautiful bay and waters? As touristy as it may be, it’s difficult not to get soaked up in the whole atmosphere, which also sets you in the mood for seafood (though whether the seafood actually comes from the nearby waters is another question?).

Every eatery – from small store to big-name restaurant – capitalise on this by serving lots of seafoods. It IS seafood galore at Fisherman’s Wharf – calamari, shrimps, lobsters, oysters, crabs and clams are aplenty.

Local delights at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Typical corny convo during meal time
Me: Urghhh! This bread is spoiled!! It’s sourish!!!
B: Duh… this is the famous sourdough bread … u noob!
Me: O_O”

Local delights at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

I still think I prefer non-sour bread, heh … but this is still a nice foodie experience not to be missed if you’re at Fisherman’s Wharf. The clam chowder is thick and rich =)~

Local delights at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Another must-try: the ubiquitous dungeness crabs – you see crabs, crabs, crabs menu, crabs logos outside restaurants, crabs, crabs, crabs at almost every store, eatery and restaurant… oh, crab, I think I left my heart in San Francisco =x


Other eats in San Francisco
Double-double cheeseburger at In-N-Out Burger
Pho Bo at Golden Flower Vietnamese Restaurant


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18 Responses to “[San Francisco] Fisherman’s Wharf Must-Tries: Dungeness crabs and clam chowder served in sourdough bread”

  1. Joyce — August 18, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

    My first long distance trip to the US was to San Francisco! City by the Bay! The clam chowder was really good in chilly wet foggy SF! So many wonderful heart warming memories


  2. Olga — August 19, 2008 @ 4:56 am

    Ooh, this brings back memories of my first trip to San Francisco last year. My first night there I had clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at a restaurant that had Mermaid in its name….Blue Mermaid?

    Wish I was there!


  3. Lori — August 19, 2008 @ 8:31 am

    I tell you, the first and last time I had that chowder in the bread bowl was 1995. I still think about it. My friend and I were so hungry. We stopped there and sat on a curb and ate it. It is a memory that still lingers with me!


  4. Cathy - Wheresmydamnanswer — August 19, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    I have been to the place on the Wharf and it is so amazing – There really is nothing better than chowder in SF. Of course it would not be complete if it were not in the bread bowl.


  5. Melissa D. SC — August 21, 2008 @ 9:39 am

    Oh, I could not resist clicking on your picture from Tastespotting. I am a CA Native….specifically San Jose…just a mere hour away from SF… I have been transported to South Carolina…. I told my husband that just seeing your pictures was enough to make one miss living in CA….alas, I then thought of the traffic, the expensive housing…what a shame there wasn’t a happy medium….

    I’ll go back to looking at your pictures…I miss the restaurants and food the most in CA nothing like it out here!!! Sourdough bread rocks and no place tastes better than SF Sourdough!!!


  6. wiffy — August 21, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

    noble pig: Thanks! :)

    Ning:: Yep me too, I think the sourbread is an acquired taste ;)

    Nilmandra:: Yeah I totally agree… and the clam chowder is one of the thickest I have enjoyed!~

    didally:: Hee, I often get food cravings after looking at food photos too :D

    LCOM:: Yesssss…. you must try! You’re so much nearer to SF than me … sob sobsss

    tigerfish:: Yep… it definitely is an acquired taste

    rita:: heh … hi 5!

    Tom A:: hee… I won’t be responsible if your screen is damaged ;)

    dhanggit:: Hee… must try!!

    Joyce:: yes… so many nice memories … why can’t I go back :oops:

    Olga:: I heard Blue Mermaid is famous, but didn’t had a chance to try … wish I am there now too! Thanks for visiting me :)

    Lori:: Woah that’s more than 10 years!! Good memories last forever :-) Thanks for visiting my blog :)

    Cathy:: Yes, SF is the best place to have SF! Thanks and welcome ;)

    Melissa:: ahhh… at least you are much, much nearer than me to SF … so you can easily go back anytime for a little holiday ;) Thanks for your kind words, and welcome! :XO:


  7. Jojo — August 22, 2008 @ 2:24 am

    Oooooh!!! The dungeness crab looks so good!! I was just in SF over the past weekend, but I was too stuffed (had just eaten tons of great food at the ferry building) for crab. I’m sorry you didn’t find the sourdough bread to be that good. I am personally a huge fan. :D In fact, I bought a round of it to take home! ♥

    Ooooh… now I have a craving for crab… I want to go back to SF!

    The next time you’re in the city, though, definitely check out the great food at the ferry building (try to go on a Saturday morning to catch their farmer’s market, too). It’s foodie heaven! :D


  8. wiffy — September 10, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

    Hi Jojo, thanks for your comment! I think the sourdough is an acquired taste … I’ll still order it if I am at the wharf next time ;) I’ll be sure to check out the ferry building and the farmers market next time I visit … thanks for your recommendation! :halo: :-)