Monday, February 2, 2015

Cioppiono's: San Francisco, California

      In the bay area this might be considered a 'no brainer'.  There are literally hundreds of very good dining establishments to eat at in the City by the Bay, but we met a high school friend of mine for dinner on his recommendation so it is what it is.  Located near Fisherman's Wharf it was pretty easy to locate and park.  Main downtown San Francisco is only about 49 square miles and as such is easier than others to navigate. 

      Cioppino's is all about the seafood, Italian Style.  As the menu says, "it's a Fisherman's Wharf tradition".  Serving a myriad of dishes from Calimari, Crab Cakes, Mussels, Crabs, Prawns, Chowder, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Salmon, and many more Italian combinations this place has a little bit of everything.  This would not make it easy for me except for my never ending labor of love. 
      We met Jim and his fiancé Karen at the restaurant and picked a very nice table by the front.  The waiter was friendly and helpful.  After drinks and some catching up we ordered.  I chose the Shellfish Medley which was loaded with Seasoned Dungeness Crab, Mussels, Jumbo Shrimp, and Red Potatoes.  It is served with garlic bread and a bowl of melted butter to help contribute to your mess.  I was given a plastic bib just in case.  I needed it. 

      Barb ordered the Linguine with Freshly Steamed Clams.  It was topped with a rich, creamy sauce, fresh parsley and served with garlic bread.  The food was delicious and I can say that I will taste the garlic from this meal for a day or two.  All the ingredients were either made from scratch or caught fresh right from the San Francisco harbor.  The meal was incredibly delicious, the portions were very large, and the service was excellent.  San Francisco is not a cheap town to visit and as such the meal for two with drinks came to $70.  What the's not like you can take all this retirement money with you! 

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