San Francisco is one of my top destinations in the entire world, especially for a weekend getaway. It was a cold day, as most days are at the bay, and we were in the mood for clam chowder. So naturally I did my online research for the best clam chowder in San Francisco. First thing that came up was Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Ferry Building. At first I was a bit hesitant since I consider that area a tourist trap, but after reading one great review after another, I knew we had to try it.
As soon as we arrived, there was a line out the door. The wait was about 30-40 minutes and no one was going anywhere. Keep in mind that the day was not a warm, but I figured if no one is leaving, then you know it had to be worth the wait? I don’t think we mind the wait so much since we were just in time to catch a sunset over the Bay Bridge to enjoy. Once we were seated, I immediately ordered a cocktail to warm up. As you know, I’m a big fan of Moscow Mules, but this cocktail had a different twist. This mule was made with agave and had a delicious spicy kick to it. It was delicious and a must-have if you love tequila and spice. The combination of the mint, spice and lime, really brought out to so many flavors with every sip. I’m going to have to figure out the recipe for it as I crave it from time to time.
Now that we were all warmed up, we were ready to order our clam chowder. To our surprise when the dish came out it wasn’t thick or creamy? In fact it was soupy with generous amounts of manila clams with aromatic vegetables, bacon, potatoes and small amount of cream. It was by far the best clam chowder I’ve ever had. I almost considered ordering another bowl, but wanted to try something different. So being the cheese-lover that I am, I ordered the Grilled Cheese. Now, I know what you’re thinking, grilled cheese? But this was no ordinary grilled cheese. This delicious grilled sandwich was filled with Cowgirl Creamery’s fromage blanc, Vella mezzo secco and cave-aged Gruyere. Now tell me your mouth isn’t watering right now.
Honestly the whole meal was delicious and worth the wait. Definitely worth the road trip for a cup Hog Island clam chowder. It’s that good.
Location: Hog Island Oyster Co. The Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Bld. 11A, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Have you tried the clam chowder here? If you have a better recommendation, please do share as I often travel to the bay for good seafood. Leave your comment below.
Photos were taken with a Sony a6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens camera.