The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Boudin Bakery & Cafe, In-N-Out Burger @ Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

During our memorable bicycle ride from downtown San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge, we stopped for an early lunch at Boudin Bakery located at Pier 39. We later rode past Boudin's flagship store on Jefferson Street, and sorely wished we'd known that it was so close by as would have preferred to lunch at the original where there is also a museum and an observation window through which we could watch the bakers in action. It was just as well we didn't because we were already pressed for time, and this leaves us something to do when we re-visit San Francisco.

Boudin at Pier 39:

Bread and other baked goodies! There were koala- and turtle-shaped loaves too:

The menu was simple, and not terribly priced, though I did notice a bit of a price hike compared to other Boudin stores due to its premium location. There were many types of sandwiches and toasts, a few salads, and even a couple of pizzas. Soups and scrambles are served in bread bowls. You simply place your order and pay at the cash register, and then wait for your number to be called out to be picked up at another counter. Drinks are also self-service.

Clam Chowder, New England-style (US$7.59), served in a sourdough bread bowl - delish! Bread bowl is such a brilliant idea, much like how the cobb loaf dip is also fantastic. The chunky chowder was very tasty, and the sourdough bowl was simply divine with its crispy crust and fluffy insides:

Hot Crab Cake Sandwich (US$10.99), with avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo inside toasted sourdough. The crab cake was flavourful and the fresh lettuce and tomatoes completed the sandwich. I added a side salad (Waldorf) for an extra US$2.49, and I also enjoyed the toasted (slightly burnt) walnuts and the cool crisp apple slices:

Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf
Pier 39, Space 5-Q
San Francisco, CA 94133
United States
Tel. +1 415 421 0185

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe on Urbanspoon

Hubby really wanted to try an In-N-Out burger while we were in San Francisco since it seems that In-N-Out joints are strictly only on the west side of U.S., and the only one in San Francisco is near Fisherman's Wharf. Hubby had his second lunch which satisfied his curiousity about this popular burger chain. I appreciated that the bun was still fluffy, the lettuce was still crisp and the tomato slice was still firm. With such good quality control, it was not surprising at all that this In-N-Out joint was filled to the brim!

A Hamburger that deserves its widespread popularity:

In-N-Out Burger
333 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
United States
Tel. +1 800 786 1000

In-N-Out Burger on Urbanspoon

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