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“Trendy and Touristy.....just do it!”

Boudin Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #382 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood: Union Square
Description: Founded in the early days of the Gold Rush in 1849, Boudin Bakery is the creator of the Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread. French immigrant Isidore Boudin brought his prized French baking skills with him to San Francisco in mid-century. He applied these classic techniques to the region's traditional tangy "sour" dough, producing the now iconic bread with its signature dark-gold, crunchy crust, soft chewy center and distinctive flavor. Since that inspired marriage of Old World artisanship and local flavor, San Franciscans and visitors from around the globe have lined up outside Boudin's doors to savor the aromas and enjoy a fresh loaf of the Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread. Boudin Bakery still uses Isidore's cherished recipe as well as a portion of his original "mother dough" in every loaf. Mother dough is an ancient baker's method of leavening bread with natural yeast found in the air and cultivated with a mixture of water and flour or grain. Isidore's mother dough captured the wild yeast indigenous only to San Francisco's fog-cooled climate. It yields a distinct taste and texture not found anywhere else in the world.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Trendy and Touristy.....just do it!”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Best Clam Chowder, and the steam coming from the piping hot fresh sourdough bowl it was served in was to die for. Don't let the long line discourage you....it moves super fast!

Visited June 2014
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Red Deer, Alberta
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Must do to cross off your tourist list”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Of course we had the sour doughy bread owl with soup (one clam, one rustic tomato), too big to finish, but delicious. Best grilled cheese I have ever had. service was average and it has a bit of an assembly line feel, but the food was good,

Visited June 2014
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good variety eatery”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Good range of food - with a wheat-allergy partner we were told to try here - it was fine. Long queue moved quickly, order was wrong but acceptable, sat outside where the were lots of seagulls and small birds clearing any leftovers. Food was good quality and tasty, good range of lemonades.

Visited May 2014
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“Unusual presentation”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

So much choice, opted for the butternut squash soup served in the sourdough bread bowl & it was delicious. Nice touch having the baskets travelling above your head direct from the bakery to the cafe. Very busy even with lots of seating so were lucky to get a seat outside in the sunshine.
Tried a snickerdoodle, never had one before, hard to describe but it was a most enjoyable biscuit but for me the chocolate chip cookie just had the edge!
Worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Southport, United Kingdom
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“Seething humanity”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

A classic of San Fran, this is too busied out to be a pleasant experience. Counter service discombobulated - if you buy a scone you want some butter for it, and a knife would be handy.
If you go, go when it is quiet.

Visited April 2014
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