Boudin Bakery. The Boudin family is famous for their sourdough bread. Way back in 1849, they discovered that wild yeasts in the San Francisco air imparted a unique tang to their traditional French bread, giving rise to “San Francisco sourdough French bread.” Today, the Boudin family's initial recipe lives on with a portion of the original mother dough still starting each and every sourdough loaf they bake. There are several locations, but the wharf location is the flagship location and in addition to selling breads (and cookies and other treats), there is a gift shop and cafe plus a bistro restaurant on the second level.
A week later we stooped back into the cafe for a light meal in late afternoon before heading to the airport for our red-eye flight home. SP tried Fish Tacos:
If you're visiting San Francisco and at Fisherman's Wharf, you'll definitely come across Boudin Bakery and it's definitely worth stopping in for a snack, cafe meal, or bistro meal. We brought home a loaf of sourdough, which the lovely bread counter girl wrapped up carefully for us to keep it extra fresh once we said we were flying home in a few hours. I also got a chocolate chip cookie to eat on the flight and it was yummy, too (although, truthfully, I slept on the flight home and ate my cookie for breakfast after we landed).