The Tourist Bait: Boudin, San Francisco

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I spent most of this week in San Francisco for business and had a marvelous time learning new things, meeting wonderful people, and absorbing the vibrant energy this city radiates. This was already my second trip to the city this year but I just can’t seem to get enough of its rich history, unparalleled beauty and an impressive culinary variety. This city is definitely one of my favorite places in the world.

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This frequent travel has helped me become a better traveler but I still can’t seem to shake off my bad habit when it comes to figuring out my dining options.

While I usually stay away from dining at touristy, overpriced restaurants back home in Los Angeles, I shamelessly become a camera-hauling, fanny pack-wearing Japanese tourist when visiting a new city, willingly allowing those touristy restaurants to take total advantage of me. It must be my inner “ambulance chaser” that makes me gravitate toward things that people are buzzing around, just so that I can say I’ve been there too. I once stood in line for an hour at a hole-in-a-wall bakery in San Francisco Chinatown only because there was a long line, and I didn’t even know why I was in line for! Curiosity .. it’s a bitch.

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Boulin located in Fisherman’s Wharf (perhaps the LA equivalent of Venice boardwalk … they even smell alike) is definitely the bait, hooking tourists and their wallets with its hyped reputation, robust history and stylish décor.

I ordered the famous Clam Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Boulin and although the bread was pretty amazing, the chowder was mediocre. I had to add salt and pepper (which I usually don’t do) because the soup was flavorless and bland, and I could barely find any clams in the small bowl.

But I suppose I should judge this place on the quality of the sourdough bread that it is famous for, and in that case, this place is pretty impressive. It was so good that I even hauled a couple sourdough baguettes back home as souvenirs!

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The cutest bread boules ever 🙂

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They are too cute to eat!

Bland soup aside, Boudin is a place everyone should try at least once when in Fisherman’s Wharf. Sitting at the outdoor dining area overlooking the water is definitely one of the treats of visiting San Francisco.

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Boudin
At Fisherman’s Wharf
Sourdough bread: ★★★★☆

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5 thoughts on “The Tourist Bait: Boudin, San Francisco

  1. omg… i want to check that place out. what cute turtles and other animals. i love clam chowder in a sourdough. i ate that everyday when i working at ABC because they had a bakery like that in the plaza. i miss it 🙂

  2. Hi Saori,

    I don’t blame you for eating clam chowder in a bread bowl every day! I would do the same. I don’t miss working at Century City but I miss all the cute restaurants in the plaza. Do you remember the Italian place in the corner? I ate there almost every day for about a year (no wonder I was poor .. that place was expensive!). Anyway, check out Boudin when you’re in SF!

    Hirono

  3. that’s right! we shared the same plaza with a bunch of buildings over there. too bad we weren’t the the same time. i don’t think i’ve been to the italian place… i was an intern then & definitely couldn’t afford it… i remember a japanese place though… btw the sourdough chowder i had everyday was like $4 small, but totally filling. i remember watching the oj trial with co-workers at lunch! LOL

  4. OMG!! I remember this place…. and I did try that Clam Chowder on bread bowl… it was heaven….. especially on a cold day…. I miss that pier smell…. 🙂

  5. Hi Maya,

    Oh, I can TOTALLY seen you enjoying the bowl of clam chowder. I know how much you LOVE soups! (did you add a slice of ham to that? Hee hee 🙂 )

    Hirono

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