20 cheap eats for under $20 in San Francisco
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11. Bistro Boudin( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
Is this Fisherman's Wharf attraction a tourist trap? Yes, but much more pleasant than the other tourist traps in this beaten-track neighborhood.
Boudin Bakery produces San Francisco's signature sourdough bread; a few years ago the business — it refers to itself as the city's "original flour children" — took over a triangular-shaped piece of property at the wharf and turned it into one of the most fragrant spots in town. Bread-making goes on at all hours, and wonderful smells emanate.
But that's not all. Tourists can stroll through a museum and tour the plant ($3), visit a gift shop or get a meal at a takeout deli downstairs or a bistro upstairs.
Take the stairs to the top and ask for a table on the outside patio. For the price of a sourdough bread bowl full of thick, savory clam chowder ($12.95), you'll have a first-class view of the bay. And you don't have to fight the crowds along the wharf.