Crab cioppino – Fishermen’s Grotto

Crab cioppino - Fishermen's Grotto
Dungeness crab, prawns and clams in a rich tomato stew. You pick it from the shell. We provide the bib. $29.95
Fishermen’s Grotto, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was SO delicious! The tomato stew was certainly rich and flavorful and there was A LOT of cracked dungeness crab in there. I had fun wearing the plastic bib and picking out as much crab meat as possible. 🙂

Cabernet sauvignon - Fishermen's Grotto

House cabernet sauvignon. $7

Spunky Monkey flowers
“Spunky Monkey” flowers (Mimulus naiandinus ‘Mega’, Scrophulariaceae), 18th Street.

Coney Island clam chowder – Fishermen’s Grotto

Coney Island clam chowder - Fishermen's Grotto
Tomato based chowder served with oyster crackers. Cup $7.50
Fishermen’s Grotto, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this chowder was pretty flavorful. It was on the thick side, but I liked it. It had plenty of clams and vegetables packed within, yay!

Yellow California poppies
Yellow California poppies (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae), Point Lobos Avenue.

Boston clam chowder – Fishermen’s Grotto

Boston clam chowder - Fishermen's Grotto
Cream based chowder served with oyster crackers. Cup $7.50
Fishermen’s Grotto, San Francisco CA

I was skeptical of this restaurant located smack down in the middle of touristy Fisherman’s Wharf, but the food was great! The service was cheesy especially with their outdated uniforms, but very friendly. And the people-watching can’t be beat, lol! This chowder tasted great and had a nice creamy texture.

Sourdough bread - Fishermen's Grotto
Fresh sourdough bread. Complimentary

Yellow yarrow flowers
Yellow yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae), West Field Road.

Tutto mare – Boulevard Cafe

Tutto mare - Boulevard Cafe
Spaghetti, prawns, clams, mussels, fish, garlic, basil, white wine, red sauce. $15.95
Boulevard Cafe, Daly City CA

This restaurant is one of those places where the menu is gigantic and appears to contain food from all cuisines. Usually the food at these places are sorely lacking, but the things I ordered were actually pretty good. The tutto mare had plenty of seafood which I was surprised about since most places will skimp of the more expensive proteins. It had bold flavors and the pasta was perfectly al dente.

Avgolemono soup - Boulevard Cafe
Avgolemono soup. Traditional Greek soup with chicken, rice, lemon and egg. $2.95
This was OK. It was mostly broth.

Seafood stew – Trio Restaurant

Seafood stew - Trio Restaurant
Mussels, clams, shrimp and whitefish in a tomato and fennel broth. $22
Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs CA

This was one of the dishes that I actually liked at Trio. This stew was super flavorful and had plenty of seafood. Thank goodness dinner wasn’t a complete disappointment!

Palm Springs midday sun
Palm Springs midday sun from the pool.