San Francisco Chinatown

san francisco chinatown

After shopping at the Ferry Building, we hopped onto a cable car and rode to the famous San Francisco Chinatown.  This chinatown is the largest outside of Asia, oldest in North America, and covers 24 square blocks.  Even though we live in a predominantly Asian part of Southern California, being in San Francisco’s Chinatown felt very different.  Here there were lots of people, narrow streets, tiny shops filled with fun stuff, colorful buildings, and the smell of Chinese style dishes and desserts wafting in the air.  It almost felt like we were in a different country.

san francisco chinatown

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San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

By the time we walked back, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf was PACKED!  There were so many people trying to catch dinner like us.  It seemed like everyone had seafood in their hands and a smile on their face.

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

We walked around all the food stalls, found one that looked good, and jumped in line.

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Boudin Sourdough Bakery and Cafe

Boudin's bakery in San Francisco

After we left Musée Mécanique, we turned the corner and saw the sign for Boudin.  I am a huge fan of sourdough bread, and the thought of eating fresh San Francisco Boudin sourdough was too exciting to pass up.  We had to have it for lunch.

Boudin's bakery San Francisco

Upstairs was their museum and Bistro Boudin, where there was a bar and a nice sit down restaurant.  It had a gorgeous view of the ocean.  Downstairs was the bakery, where they sold cookbooks, teas, official merchandise, and of course their famous sourdough bread.  The line was really long, but the people behind the counter moved fast, so the wait wasn’t too bad.

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The Sardine Factory

the sardine factory monterey bay

After walking around Cannery Row and visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we headed over to The Sardine Factory to get some dinner.  We arrived just in time for their prix fixe menu special, so we headed on in.

the sardine factory

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Sandbar and Grill

sandbar and grill

At the beginning of Monterey Municipal Wharf there is a restaurant that is tucked under the pier, called Sandbar and Grill.  It was pretty busy so we decided to try it out.  Inside, it was very small but had a cozy feel that I loved.

sandbar and grill

Calamari, Tender Pieces Pounded thin and Fried Golden.  The BEST calamari we’ve ever eaten.  They were so tender and crispy.  Since then, all other calamari we’ve eaten have now been compared to this standard.  We still reminisce about how delicious they were… lol

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