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Apr 23, 2012 06:35 AM

Best Clam chowder and Best Cioppino

hi guys,
is the best Clam Chowder in Boudin? And what about the Best Cioppino?

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  1. 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.

    1. agree that chowder is not a local specialty, but i do like spud point's up in bodega bay - which may be quite a trek if you're limited to the city. here's a useful review

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      1. re: majordanby

        I love clam chowder, and I've tasted it at many places all along the coast, and I definitely agree that Spud Point's is absolutely the best.

      2. 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.

        1. Bar Crudo has the best clam chowder ever!!!

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          1. re: Nopa

            I like Bar Crudo's, very rich and smoky. Also would not, Hog Island does clams in a creamy broth with chunks of bacon and celery that is very nice (though not a traditional clam chowder).

            1. re: Nopa

              I never really liked seafood chowder all that much until I had it at Bar Crudo. They made me realize what I had been missing all these years.

              1. re: Nopa

                Bar Crudo has chowder for $5 at Happy Hour
                Tuesday to Sunday
                5pm to 6:30pm
                Select $1 Oysters
                Chowder $5
                Steamed Manila Clams $5
                Fish Tacos 2 for $10
                Beer and Wine Specials

                Hog Island has the best oyster stew.

              2. 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.

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                1. re: moto

                  Thanks everyone!!!!
                  I am looking forward to eating my way through all of the amazing places I have been recommended to go!