Mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab, halibut, tomato-oregano broth, sourdough roll. $27 The Rotunda, San Francisco CA
This cioppino was good, but I was honestly surprised that it wasn’t better! I expected it to be AMAZING for almost thirty bucks. The ingredients were nice but I wasn’t blown away by the broth. It lack the all the flavor and depth that I was looking for. The mussels were also a little overdone.
The Fall Gem: Eagle Rare single barrel bourbon, St. Germain, pomegranate, fresh-pressed lemon, orange bitters, orange peel, rocks. $12
Original recipe Pacific true cod, French fries, white clam chowder, diet Coke. $12.99 Ivar’s Seafood Bar, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
This definitely isn’t the healthiest option at the SeaTac Airport, but Ivar’s is such quintessential Northwest food that I couldn’t resist. Their fish is actually really good and the fries come out piping hot. I also love the consistency of their clam chowder. Noms!
Clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fresh fish sautéed in a tomato garlic broth. $23 Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA
Meh, this was ok. Definitely not the best ciopinno I’ve had. The sauce was a bit salty and some of the seafood were overcooked, but the flavors were there. I wasn’t feeling the love from this seafood stew though.
This chowder was pretty good, but I still couldn’t get over the fact that they charged for bread and butter especially when the price point of their entrees was $20 and up. And as you can see, they only give you a few slices. I don’t think I’ve experienced this at a San Francisco restaurant – kinda un-classy.
Bread and butter. $1.75
Creepy heads sculpture by Robert Howard, Phoenix Hotel.