Jul 082012

Cuisine: American, Bakery
Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter Service, Shipping, Waterfront
Location: San Francisco, CA
Address: Fisherman’s Wharf ~ 160 Jefferson Street San Francisco, CA (415) 928-1849
Links: Boudin Sourdough Bakery  Website * Boudin Sourdough on Facebook * Map

Atmosphere: Inside the location at Fisherman’s Wharf you can order prepared items from either the Cafe or the Bakery, each of which has a separate line.

There are a couple of different areas where you can order, depending on what you want: Bakery or Cafe.

Menu: Breads offered at Boudin include the Wolrd Famous Sourdough Bread, Sculpted Breads, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Kalamata Olive, Jalapeno Cheddar, Walnut, Ciabatta, Pain Au Levaine, Corn Rye, Wheat, and Panettone.

Breakfast items include Muffins, Toast with Jam, Waffles, and Bagels.

Salads offered at Boudin include Mediterranean Salad, Thai Citrus Chicken, Caesar, Caesar with Chicken, Spring Salad, and Waldorf Salad.

Soups include the famous Clam Chowder as well as Tomato in a Breadbowl, Beef Chili, Vegetarian Chili, Chicken Pot Pie, and Butternut Squash.

Hot Sandwiches include Grilled Cheese, BLT, and Chicken Club.  Classics like California Veggie, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad, Bavarian Ham, Turkey, Turkey Cranberry, and Roast Beef are also offered, or you can order one of the Artisan Sandwiches such as the Chicken Caesar Club, Chicken Mediterranean, Waldorf Stack, Chicken with Chipotle Aioli, Turkey Avocado, Chicken Pesto, Classic Italian, and Pesto Roast Beef.

Desserts include Cookies (chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter), Brownies, Apple Bars, Lemon Bars, and Raspberry Bars.
Price guide: Salads $6-9  Sandwiches $7-8
What we ordered: I ordered a mini loaf of the Dutch Crunch. This was my first time at Bourdin and I basically had nothing to reference this bread to, but I really wasn’t expecting the sweetness of this one.  The “crunch” comes from the wash of rice flour, butter, sugar and yeast that is applied to the dough just before baking.

The Waffle is big and thick, topped with fresh whipped cream and berries.  The chili and clam chowder are served in a bread bowl.

Service:  There were only about 6-8 people ahead of me in the bakery line and it moved quickly.  One detail to note about the Fisherman’s Wharf location is that there is no restroom, customers must use the public bathroom outside on the wharf.
Overall Impression: Bourdin Sourdough Bakery is a must-try for bread lovers visiting the San Francisco area and a great place to stop for a sandwich, soup or salad during lunch.
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