The original clam bake cioppino – The Old Clam House

The original clam bake cioppino - The Old Clam House
Clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, calamari, fish filet, potatoes, carrots, onions, olives, garlic, corn in a spicy cioppino sauce. Couple $49.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA

OMG, this was SO much food! This was pretty much a small pail of cioppino for only two people, and it was SO delicious! I liked that the sauce was on the spicy side. Most cioppinos are kinda bland these days. This cioppino was also packed with seafood. This was definitely worth it, and I would go back for this dish. Noms!

The original Golden Gate clam chowder – The Old Clam House

The original Golden Gate clam chowder - The Old Clam House
Oyster crackers. Cup $7.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA

Hmm, I wasn’t really impressed by this. I mean it was good, but you would think it was amazing from the menu title. It was basic, and everything in it was cut really small so it didn’t feel substantial for a chowder. Not my favorite.

Tori paitan ramen – Mensho Tokyo

Tori paitan ramen - Mensho Tokyo
Rich and creamy chicken soup, pork chashu, duck chashu, menma, kale, burdock, katsuobushi sauce. Double chashu $18
Mensho Tokyo, San Francisco CA

Overall,  I thought this place was overrated – especially for the price! I will admit that this tori paitan broth was delicious. I loved how rich and fatty it was, but I’m sure it’s not for everyone. I thought that the topping were mediocre though. Both the chasu pork and duck were bland and boring, and the other toppings were kept to a minimum. You think they’ve give you a bit more for almost 20 bucks for this slightly small bowl. Meh, wouldn’t go back.

Lamb burger – Barking Frog

Lamb burger - Barking Frog
Red wine onions, arugula, goat cheese, aioli, pickle, brioche bun. Served with portabello mushroom soup. $21
Barking Frog, Woodinville WA

This was a pretty heavy and rich burger, but I liked the combination of flavors. The lamb patty wasn’t too strong and it had a nice sear on the outside. The soup, also very heavy, was a tasty accompaniment.

Beef burger – Barking Frog

Beef burger - Barking Frog
Candied bacon, Oregon blue cheese, smoked tomato ketchup, bibb lettuce, caramelized onion aioli, pickle, brioche bun. Served with portabello mushroom soup. $21
Barking Frog, Woodinville WA

This was good, and the beef patty was juicy and cooked nicely. The mushroom soup was also very tasty although I should have gone for a lighter side since the burger was quite large and heavy.

Butternut squash soup – Volt

Butternut squash soup - Volt
Roasted squash, curry spiced granola, toasted coconut, bacon lardons. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

This super was very tasty and I think the curried granola really made it special. It added a unique flavor and need texture to the velvety soup. I will admit that the curry flavor began to dominate everything else towards the end. A very good soup overall.

Bread roll - Volt
Bread roll.