How often does an idea from a movie take off and become an established business? The one that comes to mind is the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. I had never tried one, so being on the bay, this seemed like a good place to try their seafood. We were only doing a light lunch and I had an urge to eat some clam chowder.
After a trip on the ferry to Alcatraz, we had some time to visit Fisherman????????s Wharf and found the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on Pier 39. Pier 39 has turned into an outdoor mall jutting out into the bay and Bubba Gump????????s was at the far end of the wharf with windows out to the bay and overlooking the marina next to it.
We were directed to a table in the middle of the restaurant, as there were no tables next to the windows. The atmosphere has been kept to look like a shrimp shack that you might find in the bayous of Louisiana, except this one held in the neighborhood of 400 people at tables. The waiters were helpful and practiced which always makes it nice. However, it was a little noisy to feel too homey.
The clam chowder and Caesar salad was brought out fairly quickly. The chowder was good, but not great. The salad was fresh and good. The combination was fairly priced. However, most other items on the menu were pretty expensive. It might be the area. It might be the celebrity. Whichever, it was a little pricey for the quality of the food.
This falls into the ??????been there, done that?????? category in my book. Don????????t know if I need to eat there again. The next time that I visit Fisherman????????s Wharf, I will visit one of the long standing restaurants with a history on the wharf. Or, visit one of the street vendors for fresh crab and shrimp.
Located on Pier 39 of Fisherman????????s Wharf in San Francisco, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is close to tours, stores and history. (415) 781-4867, www.bubbagump.com