Friday evening I had an appointment to show property in Belmont, CA. Since it was a Friday evening, I invited my husband to be my driver, so we could enjoy a "date night" afterward at a Peninsula restaurant that he especially enjoys, The Fish Market in San Mateo.
Sometimes plans change due to circumstances, and change ours did. The traffic mid-Peninsula was so outrageous at 7:00 PM, we couldn't drive to our restaurant of choice, did a U-turn and headed back up the hill to Interstate-280 to return us to San Francisco.
Instead of bemoaning our fate, we stopped at the Old Clam House in San Francisco, located in the industrial area of the city just north of Candlestick Point, and had our second dinner there.
What a fun, down-to-earth place, full of character! The walls are packed with old-San Francisco photos and posters, wall art of sailing ships, an anchor, etc. It has been in operation since 1861 and still packs people in for dinners.
Upon being seated the staff brings one a jigger of hot clam juice (think clam broth) along with the menu. Both times I have eaten here I've ordered their clam chowder, one of the very best Boston-style I've had, full of chunks of clams in every spoonful, with a few potatoes in the mix and seasoned just right; delicious! And do try their "kettle bread" - some of the best sour dough ever.
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When you're ready for a visit:
The Old Clam House, 299 Bayshore Boulevard, San Francisco. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days of the week. Reservations for larger parties recommended, as well as checking for holiday hours.