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Best Clam Chowder in SF

Civil Bear Aug 29, 2008 02:34 PM

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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    annabana Sep 8, 2008 12:41 AM

    also not in SF but the Marshall Store up the coast has great clam chowder. I still miss Cathy the former owner, but her chowder was too thick and over herbed, much better now and the view of Tomales Bay and those bar b q'd oysters are all still fabulous.

    1. SunsetKid Sep 5, 2008 02:47 PM

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

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        carfeng Sep 5, 2008 01:26 PM

        Bar Crudo has excellent clam chowder.

        Bar Crudo
        655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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        1. re: carfeng
          steve h. Sep 9, 2008 03:34 PM

          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. Cicely Sep 4, 2008 10:49 AM

          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
            Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2008 11:31 AM

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

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              baron45 Sep 4, 2008 03:46 PM

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

              1. re: baron45
                Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2008 03:48 PM

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

              2. re: Robert Lauriston
                IanW Sep 9, 2008 03:56 PM

                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.

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              davewise Aug 29, 2008 07:50 PM

              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
                augustiner Sep 4, 2008 12:56 PM

                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. Melanie Wong Aug 29, 2008 04:22 PM

                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
                  casalbore spirit Aug 29, 2008 05:55 PM

                  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
                    Civil Bear Sep 7, 2008 07:55 PM

                    >>"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
                      Melanie Wong Sep 8, 2008 05:59 PM

                      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
                        Civil Bear Sep 9, 2008 02:08 PM

                        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
                          Melanie Wong Sep 10, 2008 12:53 AM

                          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".

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