Never heard of Boudin SF, well now you have. It may sound like a fancy, French restaurant, but it’s actually one of SF’s originators of sourdough bread. Their original San Francisco location is one of the top tourist attractions in the city, but you don’t have to go to the city to taste some of that famous sourdough. They were nice enough to invite me to a soft opening at their new San Jose location on Alamaden Expressway. And never one to turn down a free meal, I showed up and took off with way too much bread.
I had actually never dined at one of their restaurants, although I’ve been crunching on that crispy sourdough for much of my life. Boudin SF offers a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches — obviously great pairings for their specialty — bread!
It took a while to field through their extensive menu. I was really tempted to go with the BBQ Chicken salad, but I couldn’t resist one of my favs — the clam chowder sourdough bowl. It was very creamy, like I like it, and I walked away extremely full. I was so full from the chowder, I didn’t get to munch on that yummy sourdough bowl. But that’s okay, Boudin SF sent me home with a handful of free bread and dessert. Their oatmeal raisin cookie was one of the best I ever had!
I not only enjoyed the food, the service was great. You could tell the new staff was still getting their feet wet, but they managed the crowd well, and were very attentive to all of us guests.
It took a free meal, but now I’m a fan. Boudin SF is not just about making bread, they are about making art and delighting their customers. Way better than Panera!
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