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When did chowder in a bread bowl get to SF?


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When did chowder in a bread bowl get to SF?

Robert Lauriston | Mar 5, 2013 11:31 AM

Always seems weird to me that tourists associate this with SF, but I guess it started at the Wharf in the 90s, so they all saw it and locals didn't.

Earliest mention I can find of this dish is from a 1984 San Diego tourist guide, which refers to O.B. Pier Cafe's "famous clam chowder served in a bread bowl."

It was in Arizona and New England before the first reference to it in SF, in a 1992 guidebook, which doesn't say where you could get it. A 1995 guidebook says "the corner of Jefferson and Taylor is jam-packed with street stands that hawk all kinds of goodies, including ... thick clam chowder in a bread bowl." First reference I find to it specifically at Boudin is 1996.

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