We arrived in San Fransisco in early evening. After checking into the Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf, we struck out to find a restaurant near the hotel, as we were both ravenous following our food-free flight from Las Vegas.
Forunately, the street is packed with curb side seafood vendors and restaurants offering crab and chowder. In the middle of the block we spotted a long lineup in front of Nick’s Lighthouse.
Lineups usually mean good food, so… we elected to join the other patrons and see what made Nick’s such a popular place.
Even the wait by the door was fun, as we watched people all along the block ordering bowl after bow of chowder in sourdough bowls to go, and workers going back and forth between the restaurant the the outside stand, to replenish stocks. The atmosphere both inside and out was noisy, but definitely fun.
Inside, the restaurant is quaint with red checked tablecloths and booth seating.
We both opted for a whole cracked Dungeous crab which came with a choice of chowder, lobster bisque or salad. I had a salad while Ros had the lobster bisque which she loved. Sour dough bread accompanies every meal… and boy! is it yummy!
Despite being run off his feet, our waiter was great – chatting and joking with us almost everytime he passed our table.
Ros liked the lobster bisque so much that she told him that we’d be back the following day for lunch. When we returned the following day, he greeted us like old friends, shaking our hands, and remembering what we’d said about where we were from and our plans for the day.
All in all, the food is great, the people are fun, and dollar for dollar, Nick’s is a best buy.
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