San Francisco has some of the best seafood on the west coast and the best Dungeness crabs I’ve ever had and it’s all in one place!
Right on Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 39 you can find a whole block dedicated to Clam Chowder that’s stuffed into incredible sour dough bread bowls. They also have 1 1/2 – 2 lbs Dungeness Crabs that are fresh caught that day, and in most cases kept alive until they’re either grilled, steamed, or boiled.
San Francisco is an incredible city where you can find a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. There’s also a ton of hills and a lot of walking to do, so you need a place to stop and relax with a beer and oceanic view. You can look off the wharf and see Alcatraz, and if you walk a bit past pier 39 you can see the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s also a lot of gimmicky shops, like a spyware store, and San Francisco embroidered gear. The most important part is the food though. The food is not touristy at all, it’s fresh and it’s local. Through the incredible quality of the products it is a popular attraction of the city. The restaurants all have a sit down area where you can relax or do roof top seating and enjoy the east bay, but they also have a front section that just sells about 8 items, the most important are the chowder bowls and crabs. They also have fries and fried shrimp, there’s also crab salad and prawns. The chowder is soft and silky with chopped up clam taters and carrots. It’s peppery and absorbs into the bread. The crab is fresh and tender, you can ask for lemon or old bay and dip your crab meat in.
That’s about all there is to it, it’s incredible seafare that speaks for itself. The prices are a little inflated, especially when there are events going on at the wharf. The beers weren’t too expensive either at $4 for a Corona considering the amount of people in the area. If you walk away from the pier a bit the cheapest beer you’ll find will be $6 bucks. So if you’re headed to the West, stop in San Francisco at the East Bay to Pier 39 and enjoy the chowder and crabs that Fisherman’s Wharf has to offer.