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Dead and gone to seafood heaven. That’s what happened to us when we visited Swan Oyster Depot in SF a couple weeks ago. The 100 year old SF institution is known for its insanely fresh raw bar offerings, the casual and informal dining style and the long lines of locals and tourists eagerly waiting to get a taste. Named by the James Beard Foundation as an American Classic in 2000 and featured by Anthony Bourdain on The Layover, the restaurant receives hundreds of visitors a day that come from far and wide.
Boudin Sourdough Bakery is a staple of Fisherman’s Wharf, one San Francisco’s many lovely tourism cesspools. Although you may be too cool to enjoy Fisherman’s Wharf, you may as well eat delicious food while being surrounded by tourists. It’s a simple concept of course. Fresh and delicious sourdough bread baked on site and transported around a busy restaurant by a series of moving ceiling trams and bread baskets on hooks… did I say simple? Although I’d never heard of Boudin, everyone else in line certainly had and were ferociously snatching up mugs, t shirts and other memorabilia from the gift shop.