While in San Francisco, I went to the Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the restaurants and the shops. I love clam chowder (New England style, woo!) and since I’m at the Wharf, fresh clam chowder sounded like a perfect late afternoon treat. I came across Boudin Sourdough , this restaurant/bar/cafe/bakery famous for their sourdough bread. I hear that sourdough in the West Coast is totally awesome.
On the side of the building, there’s a demonstration window. You can pretty much see everything that goes on in the bakery. Through the window, you see the bakers kneading dough, baking dough, and making their magic. There were a lot of people crowding around the observation window. There’s also a little excerpt, ‘What is Sourdough?’.
At the entrance, I came across this sign. Boudin Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bread bowl! Wow, that’s just perfect. Therefore, I hurried inside to order my serving of this awesome soup.
While waiting on line, I gazed around. They called it the Baker’s Hall, which consisted of a marketplace, cafe, and a coffee bar. One thing that caught my eye was the way they transported fresh bread around the restaurant. Across the ceiling, there’s a pulley system that moves baskets filled with bread from the baking area to the various counters in the store.
Pictures usually confuse me. However, this is one of the rare times that the food on my tray actually appears as it did in the picture. The clam chowder was warm and tasty. The outdoor dining area had a little fire place on the side and provided a great atmosphere. The clams were fresh. The sourdough bread was delicious.
I grabbed one of their catalogs. They do take mail/web orders and deliver across the US. They offer loafs of bread as well as gift packages and all.