‘Chow’ Down on Heartwarming Bread BowlsDestination Dining
March 10, 2019
Story By: Lianna Mccurdy |
San Francisco is known as a mecca for sourdough bread, luring avid foodies from far and wide to its crisp northern Pacific coastline. Established as a SF staple food during the California Gold Rush, sourdough’s uses in cuisine have remained classic over the years. What’s better than pairing rich, yeasty sourdough with the tastes of the San Francisco sea? Not many can think of anything better, or as stomach pleasing, as the clam chowder bread bowl.
1. Alioto’s Restaurant
8 Fisherman’s Wharf
Ladled into fresh sourdough bread bowls from the local Boudin Bakery, Alioto’s Restaurant’s clam chowder is an ode to its near 100-year long history in the seafood market. Using a family recipe from grandmother Rose Alioto, this creamy, Italian-inspired chowder is made fresh daily, served both at Alioto’s Cafe 8 and at the main restaurant.
2. Fog Harbor Fish House
Pier 39, The Embarcadero
Sustainable seafood and sourdough bread go hand in hand at Fog Harbor Fish House. The restaurant’s sourdough is baked fresh in-house, and clam chowder bowls can be topped with succulent, rich Dungeness crab. It’s easy to see and taste why Fog Harbor’s chowder bread bowls are some of the best in the Bay.
Pier 39, 2 Beach St.
The eatery’s name sums it up — simply put, Chowders is one of the best spots for a bowl of chowder on Pier 39. Chowders’ family recipe for New England clam chowder was created in 1987 and is still used to this day. Thick and creamy, the chowder perfectly complements a bread bowl’s fluffy, absorbent interior and thick crust.
4. The Ramp
855 Terry Francois Blvd.
Transformed from a bait shop into what locals now regard as a hidden gem of a restaurant, The Ramp serves up an authentic clam chowder and bread bowl combo. The bread bowl’s crumbly exterior is perfect for tearing, a quintessential utensil for soaking up steamy, creamy chowder.