Best Clam chowder and Best Cioppino
is the best Clam Chowder in Boudin? And what about the Best Cioppino?
Clam chowder's not a local specialty. Boudin came up with the chowder in a bread bowl gimmick to attract tourists relatively recently, I think in the 90s when they switched from commercial baking to running cafes.
For cioppino, see some of the links below.
Duarte's in Pescadero (south of Half Moon Bay) has been featured on Food Network for their chioppino it is the best chioppino I have ever had. The owners have a garden in the back of the tavern and they use the garden fresh tomatoes for the sauce.
Sotto Mare on Green St., North Beach, has very good versions of both. bear in mind, the crab will be coming from fairly far north (Ore/Was/B.C.?) at this time of year ; have only had it in winter, and their seafood's quality is consistently high. the chowder is balanced, not overly thickened, no excess of cream or potato. "best" is for each individual to determine, no ? there's probably plenty of folks who like their chowder creamy, for example, but dairy can obscure the flavour of shellfish.