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Aug 29, 2008 02:34 PM

Best Clam Chowder in SF

Fridays at Breakfast at Tiffany's all the way baby! It's got a touch of color in it so it may not be perfectly authentic, but it is rich, creamy, and full of meaty clams. If anyone knows where to get better in SF, please let me know.

Breakfast At Tiffany's
2499 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

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  1. Cool, is the chowder only available on Fridays? Also, have you tried the corned beef hash here?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Not in SF,but outside of New England my favorite clam chowder is at Steamer's Grillhouse in Los Gatos.Not too thick,nice cream flavor sans floury or cornstarch feel.Tender potatoes,slight crunch to the celery,tender sweet clams .Delicate but highly tasty.Prefer this to Hog Islands version.Available daily.

      Steamer's Grillhouse
      31 University Ave, Los Gatos, CA

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        >>"Cool, is the chowder only available on Fridays? Also, have you tried the corned beef hash here?"

        Sorry that it took me so long to reply Melanie, but I have been chowing my way through MD, WV, and PA. Yeah, I believe BAT only serves their clam chowder on Fridays. I haven't tried their corned beef hash because they said their CB was not homemade. They do a souped-up version of hashbrowns though by adding cheese and peppers which is pretty good ( if not heart stopping). You can even get it turned up another notch with sour cream and bacon. Can't recommend that one though.

        BTW, not to hijack my own thread, but so far both the service and the bathrooms have been noticeably better in the mid-Atlantic.

        1. re: Civil Bear

          Thanks! To clarify, is it just the corned beef that isn't homemade or the hash isn't? I mean, I can deal with hash made with grocery store CB, I just don't want CB hash that came out of can. I think I'll have to stop by after my next visit to Alemany FM, after loading up on fruits and veggies to balance out the rest of the week after that meal.

          I'm not surprised by the service difference you're seeing. The Bay Area isn't known for top service, despite the high prices we pay in our restaurants.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            It's the stuff from a can. I always thought it was just some sort of processed corned beef in the can which was mixed with hash-browns to form corned beef hash.

            1. re: Civil Bear

              That may be, but I've also see plates of corned beef hash that were slices off the cylinder shape right from the can. If you look at the ingredient list for the typical canned hash, it lists "dried potatoes".

      2. Weird Fish has excellent chowder. Lots of flavor. Haven't had Breakfast at Tiffany's so I don't know how it compares.

        Weird Fish
        2193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: davewise

          i really objected to the chowder at weird fish. not because it wasn't traditional, but because it just tasted awful. three of us took a few bites and just let it be.

        2. A touch of color? Like from tomatoes?

          Swan Oyster Depot has a decent clam chowder, and I was really taken with their oyster crackers! Really tasty. They're not flavored or anything, just good plain crackers, but so much better than the ones you usually get which are like mini-Saltines. I even asked where they were from, but I forget the answer.

          Swan Oyster Depot
          1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          1. re: Cicely

            Swan's clam chowder is canned. Great old-school place but that's not the thing to order.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I like the version at Hog Island. It's got whole clams in shell.

              1. re: baron45

                Hog Island's is pretty untraditional, more like an oyster stew only with clams.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                I always liked the Chowder at Swan's when I thought that it was fresh. I normally hate canned clam chowder but it must be ambiance at Swan's that makes it taste better.

            2. Bar Crudo has excellent clam chowder.

              Bar Crudo
              655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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              1. re: carfeng

                good call.
                bar crudo is pretty good. fish in sausalito is pretty good, too.
                haven't tried any others but this thread intrigues me.

              2. Not in San Francisco but along the San Mateo coast - Barbara's Fish Trap.