While preparing my posts about my recent trip to San Francisco, a rough dilemma came up: should my first post be a mini guide of the city or should I introduce you into the delicious secrets the city hides with a food post?
Well, you should know me by now to guess which one finally prevailed. As you may have already noticed from my Foodhops all around the world, food of all forms and budgets is a crucial part of each and every trip I take. For me, it is equally as satisfactory to snack on street food spilling mustard on my favorite pair of jeans as it is to enjoy a five-star protocol dinner in a gourmet restaurant. There is no such thing as the "ideal" when it comes to food.
It is a matter of appetite and that's just it.
Traveling is strictly personal, based on personal preferences and experiences - mine, yours and everyone's. And so was my crab market experience: a non- five star protocol but absolutely tasty and exciting experience.
Visiting San Francisco without passing by the worldwide-known Fisherman's Wharf is quite a blasphemy - especially if it's your first time in the city. While it is the number 1 Tourist Attraction of the city - hey, it's not that bad to act like a tourist every now and then! - it does feature some of the best spots to enjoy a crab-based meal - you just have to do your homework prior to your visit on where to find them. Plus, the Alcatraz Prison acts as the perfect background to enjoy a scenic walk. More tips on my upcoming city guide post!
The Fisherman's Wharf was once a large dock where Italian fishermen wholesaled local fish as well as mussels, oysters and of course, crabs. From then until today, crabs have monopolized the interest, becoming the main reason the market gained its popularity.
Or in other words, crabs are its thing. You'll be coming to Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy them in full glory.
Restaurants are aplenty in Fisherman's Wharf while the Crab Market is the first to welcome you in the area. Crabs on ice, crabs behind windows, crab meat in bread, crab legs with fresh lemon juice, the only thing you'll see is fresh crabs. Although there is a great variety of seafood, all you'll be craving while there, is crabs.
No luxuries needed; plain paper on the table, no food decoration, no service protocol, plates everywhere. And that's something you'll rarely hear a gourmet and 5-star kind of girl saying. You'll enjoy tasty seafood right on the spot without unnecessary luxuries. Of course, such a touristic and crowded destination might suggest that the food is not of great quality.
Truth is, thanks to its freshness, the food is absolutely delicious.
You might want to do some "research" of your own before settling on a restaurant - I chose one by the Crab Market and it was as traditional as you can imagine. I suggest you visit the Market at noon - after strolling around the area - to sit at a restaurant by the Market, order the Crab Legs and enjoy an amazing meal. Let go of any typicalities, use your hands, get messy and without any regret write down your experiences and memoirs of the city getting dirtier and dirtier with each bite.
Appetite all worked up, it's about time for the coolest mini guide of San Francisco including downtown strolls on vintage cable, a stop by the Golden Gate Bridge, shopping in Union Square, a check-in at Chinatown and Sunset Cocktails at Sausalito - the most glamorous suburb in town.
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