One of the must-sees in San Francisco is the piers along the north shore. After our tour of Alcatraz Island, the infamous “The Rock” which housed the most dangerous men in its time, we returned to Pier 33 and walked on over to the touristy site of 39. Filled with little shops, restaurants, and even a small carousel, Pier 39 is a beautiful place to relax.
The most iconic scene at Pier 39: bathing sea lions! I’ve never seen so many sea lions in the wild at once and up close, so I remember the first time I ever saw them on the docks with my parents, I was so excited! I had hoped to instill the same feelings in Joe but when we arrived, all he said was: “What are they doing here?” Never mind what they’re doing here, just look at them! For those interested, you can read about it here.
Down the end of the pier’s center, lies Candy Baron. Candy heaven for those who have sugar addictions!
And I mean a serious selection of candy. A majority of the store has barrels of different flavored salt water taffy which you can buy bulk. Any flavor you can imagine of, they probably have it.
Lots of different candies I’ve never seen before too and from all over the world! Pretty neat.The Candy Baron
San Francisco, CA
Growing hungry for something a little bit more substantial though, we paid a visit to Fog Harbor Fish House, a family-owned seafood restaurant well known at the Pier for great crab and great views.
Great views, check! Located right at the pier’s edge and where a lot of the Blue and Gold Fleet cruises dock.
Crab? Check! A whole menu entirely dedicated to the local Dungeness crab. Fresh and a multitude of preparations, making it very hard for us to choose a single dish.
Joe and I were in the noshing mood, planning to go to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner (post to come!). We shared the 1/2 lb crab, stir fried with onions, peppers, in a spicy red chili garlic sauce. NOM! Turned out a lot better than I thought it would be. The shell was super soft, making it pretty easy to crack even without the crab cracker, and the garlic sauce was nice and spicy! The highlight of the dish: the fresh crab meat waiting inside the shell. Sweet and juicy. Should have ordered a second crab dish in my opinion!
Our other dish: an ahi tuna poke. After having amazing poke in LA, we’ve been looking around for a good poke. A trip to Hawaii next perhaps? Anyways, the dish was beautifully presented with crispy wonton chips with white and black sesame seeds, a wasabi aioli, an unidentified hot sauce, seaweed, and the ahi tuna marinated in a sesame soy sauce with avocados and mango. Yum! The mango made the dish it’s own and added to the refreshing taste. Still not up to our standard from Venice Beach, but satisfying enough.
Great eats, but you definitely pay the price for the location and the view. If you want straight up fresh seafood, served simple, look forward to my Fisherman’s Wharf post coming this week!Fog Harbor Fish House
39 Pier #202
San Francisco, CA