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Although the original creator of Crab Louis is in dispute, what is known is that this famous seafood salad began appearing on the menus of finer San Francisco restaurants sometime between 1900 and World War I. Beloved Chronicle columnist Herb Caen credited Louis Coutard of the ritzy Poodle Dog restaurant, founded in 1849, with inventing the Louis. Others said it got its start at Solari’s or the Hotel St. Francis. What’s certain is that Crab Louis always contained San Francisco’s legendary Dungeness crab, along with lettuce, hard-boiled egg and which kind of dressing?
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One evening in 1952, Buena Vista Café owner Jack Koeppler challenged San Francisco Chronical travel writer Stanton Delaplane to recreate the coffee, whisky and whipped cream drink served at the Shannon Airport in Ireland. The two stirred, sipped and adjusted, but were still dissatisfied with how the cream kept sinking to the bottom. They turned to San Francisco’s mayor, a prominent dairy owner, for advice and learned that cream will get frothier if aged for how many hours before whipping? Today, an Irish coffee at the “BV” remains one of San Francisco’s must-do experiences. http://bit.ly/boudinmuseum
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Thank you for voting us one of the nation's 10 best food factory tours! http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-food-factory-tour/
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"The cutest carbs" by Instagrammer burnscd (Tag your photos #BoudinBakery or #BoudinSF for a chance to be featured!)

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San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is the birthplace of the fish stew called Cioppino. Food historians credit immigrant fishermen from Northern Italy who worked the waters of the Bay with concocting a dish filled with the various “catch of the day,” typically Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, chunks of red snapper, bay scallops, mussels and squid, all simmered in tomatoes, garlic, a base sauce and red wine. Little known outside the Bay Area until after World War II, Cioppino is particularly flavorful in San Francisco due to nearly how many varieties of fish found off local shores? http://bit.ly/boudinmuseum
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The first Popsicle came about in 1905 through a lucky accident. As it happened, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left his fruit drink with the stir-stick still in the glass out overnight. It froze solid and tasted great. What did he call his “frozen ice on a stick” invention, which he got a patent for in 1923? Epperson later renamed the treat “Popsicle,” and went on to invent the twin Popsicle with two stocks so two children could break it in half and each have one. http://bit.ly/boudinmuseum
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It's Trivia Tuesday! Each year, how many firecrackers sound to ring in the lunar new year with a parade through Chinatown? #boudinbakery
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Happy ‪#‎NationalWaffleDay‬! We prefer ours made with a portion of our Original Mother Dough and topped with Nutella® Hazelnut Spread. Start your day with a sourdough waffle at Boudin Bakery Cafe Baker's Hall or Boudin Bakery Cafe Pier 39 today.
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The fortune cookie has become the traditional after-dinner treat in Chinese restaurants in the U.S., and was first introduced where in 1914? The cookie was created by Makoto Hagiwara, a wealthy landscape architect. Hagiwara shaped the flat, round “sembei” tea cracker into a bow and slipped a note inside. Chinese cookie manufacturers in the U.S. improved upon this idea by including notes with Confucian sayings and fun predictions to bring a happy ending to a delightful meal. http://bit.ly/boudinmuseum
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In honor or National Sandwich Month, we're sharing Instagram user gragondor's mouthwatering creation! He says, "This isn't your typical turkey and cheese sandwich. This is my 'Pesto Piccante Tacchino Panino!' I layer Avocado, Turkey, Spinach, Kumato, Red Onion, Fresh Mozzarella, Pesto, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Black Pepper, and Himalayan Pink Salt; all sandwiched together with @boudinbakery Multigrain Lunch Box Bread. My sandwich is packed with intense spicy and savory flavors; moist and healthy delicious!" #NationalSandwichMonth

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It's Trivia Tuesday! Who bought Boudin Bakery in 1941 with the family’s full support to protect the sourdough baking tradition nurtured by Boudin since 1849? #boudinbakery
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160 Jefferson St San Francisco, CA 94133
160 Jefferson StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94133
(415) 928-1849boudinbakery.com
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Boudin Bakery is the creator of the original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread.
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Famed for sourdough since 1849, this California bakery/cafe chain also offers light American bites.- Google
"I had the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and enjoyed it very much."
"The sourdough bread bowl with clam chowder is fantastic."
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Derek Knight
a month ago
Positives - great touristy place, loved the cute animal-shaped breads they make and watching the baking process was interesting. The gift shop was fun too, and our visit was good. But then we got in line for some food, and I was somewhat disappointed. I had chili in a sourdough "bowl", but the bread crust was so hard it was almost impossible to eat. My wife had a chicken salad which didn't appear to have any chicken in it. If it had just been the food I would have given this place a lower rating, but doing an "on average" rating of 3 seems to be right.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi Derek, Thank you for visiting and dining with us at our Flagship Boudin Bakery. We're grateful for your business and the time you took to share this feedback. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon and get it right. Thank you, Sarah
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Jordan Tresson
a month ago
Food is really great, both in the Cafe and the Restaurant. Not cheap but not exaggerated and quality cones at a price. Great view on the bay. It was my 2nd time in SF and 2nd time in here. There will definitely be a 3rd if I come back to SF!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi Jordan, Thank you for dining with us at our Flagship Boudin Bakery. We're grateful for your business and the time you took to share this feedback. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you, Sarah
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John Paul Handrigan
a month ago
Check out the sourdough shaped like a teddy bear. It'll set you back ten bucks, but it's enough to share around with all your friends or family. Bread was fresh.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi John, Thank you for visiting our Flagship Boudin Bakery! We're happy to hear you enjoyed our Original San Francisco Sourdough. You can sign up to Roll with our Bakers and create your own sourdough critter next time you visit! Thanks again, Sarah
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Marina Zaliznyak
7 months ago
Didn't like this at all. Visually it's all great and very touristy. But the food is over-priced for the small portions. The crab salad is way to expensive and lacks any taste or imagination. The Sourdough apple pie was also very bland and to the dough undercooked. The service is really far from great. We were left with no napkins and then asked three different people before we got some.
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kevin albert
3 months ago
The clam chowder soup was good, the bread is great & that is where the quality ends, sadly. We went there as a party of 2. We read reviews and thought this would be a great start to our San Francisco visit. There was no line, it was full but not busy. The hostesses told us there would be a 10-15 min wait, which was great for us since we were starving after flying for 6 hours. We took the tour of the museum. Then we got skipped... Over & over again. We stood by the podium & watched as people came in after us & got seated before we did. They didn't have reservations, just like us. We finally asked if they had forgotten about us after 30 min. The host then lied instead of apologizing & fixing the problem. "we gave you an estimate of 15-20 min when you walked in you are on top of the list" ...LIE!! I'm not a dizzy tourist, I have 8+ years experience in the biz. They seated 2 parties who arrived after us, after our inquiry. Finally we got seated. We waited for someone to just say hello... Nothing. 2 waitstaff walked past our table & none even looked at us. After 10 min, we had enough. We walked back to the hostess stand, turned in our menus, and told them we never got served. I said " you put us on the pay no mind list, so we are leaving" she proceeded to make faces at the back of my head which my wife busted her doing. This is another case of a good concept riding the hype but falling short on delivering the service. We ate at the self serve counter downstairs with the steerage. The prices were half & the menu is more limited down there. Save yourself some money & aggravation, just get a taste at the cafeteria.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Hi Kevin, We are so sorry to learn about your recent experience at Bistro Boudin. Our Managing Partner would like to speak with you to learn more and follow-up with you, if you could kindly provide your phone number. Thank you, Sarah
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Chris Wilson
a month ago
It's worth knowing where this place is if you need a reasonable bite to eat and a break from the crowds. Despite the bustling main cafe hall you can usually get a table on the patio.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi Chris, Thank you for dining with us at Boudin Bakery & Cafe Bakers Hall. We're grateful for your business and the time you took to share this feedback. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thanks, Sarah
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Aileen Arsenio
2 months ago
The lady at the counter was very personable despite how busy they were. The food was ready very quickly and it tasted delicious!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi Aileen, Thank you for dining with us at our Flagship Boudin Bakery Bakers Hall. We're grateful for your business and the time you took to share this feedback. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thanks, Sarah
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Diane Y
6 months ago
If you're not a tourist, there's no point in eating at this location of Boudin. It's loud, crowded and crammed full of tourist kids just running and screaming everywhere. The turkey avocado on crossant and spring salad are favorites of mine, but I've never been disappointed with food here. It's fare you'd expect at a higher price point, so it's a great deal. One complaint: they used to have a public restroom in the restaurant proper, but now they have a rude asian man whose job it is to question you (a la gestapo) when you try to open the door to the restroom area. He will then direct you to the ones outside, across the parking lot. Ok, maybe it isn't his job, but still. It seems unnecessary to enforce that rule on patrons who have been going since before this silly new policy.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Hi Diane, Thank you for your business and this feedback. We greatly appreciate hearing from you. We're delighted to learn that you're enjoying our menu items. We will share your comments with our Management team. Thanks again, Sarah