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If you eat nothing else in San Francisco, you must eat a bread bowl full of clam chowder. The life force that keeps San Francisco going on cold, misty mornings and the hearty soup that warms our bones. Frankly, it’s a staple of the Bay Area diet. Now that #NationalClamChowderDay is coming up, here are the Stanford Court picks for our favorite dish in the City by the Bay:
The Embarcadero & Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Pier 39 often gets pegged as a tourist trap. After all, it has the shops, the carousel, the aquarium, and the visitor center. But forget all that. Pier 39 has the view of the bay and the Fisherman’s Wharf seals lounging. That’s the view you get while enjoying your clam chowder. Of course, there’s better in city by the bay, but that view – it’s unique. Go there at least once to cross it off your bucket list.
251 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Order the clam chowder here just to get the sourdough. Served in the traditional bread bowl, this is a SF favorite for both the chowder and the bread. Using the same recipe since 1849, Bakery Boudin’s claim to fame is as the original sourdough bread bakery in San Francisco. These days there’s quite a few locations around the city, including one in Union Square, making it a win-win for Stanford Court guests, especially on a chilly San Francisco day.
Woodhouse Fish Company
2073 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Woodhouse Fish Company has some of the best clam chowder in the city – creamy, thick, and a good portion of clams. It’s not the closest to Stanford Court, but it’s not too long either. It’s a straight shot on the train. But what’s really gr8 about Woodhouse Fish Company is that it’s always a sure bet. After your chowder, order your lobster roll or the fish ‘n’ chips. They’re both delicious.
Anchor Oyster Bar
579 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
We <3 this place. If you’re looking for a spot with a lot of character and also a great bowl of clam chowder, Anchor Oyster Bar is it. Located in the Castro district, Anchor Oyster Bar is great if you’re looking to see another side of the city and also eat well. Recommended by Michelin and Zagat, as well as many local guides, this chowder lives up to the expectations.
If you’re looking for dessert, check out our guide to sweets in Nob Hill.
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