Eaten The Clam Chowder At Anchor Oyster Bar

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Woodstock: What's the password?
Ace Ventura: New England clam chowder.
Woodstock: Is that the red or the white?
Ace Ventura: Argh, I can never remember that! White.
[door opens]
Ace Ventura: Yes!!!

We actually tried to go to this place a week ago, but we were surprised to find out they were closed. Every year, the staff goes on a two-week vacation, and they repaint and refresh the place. Tonight, we called first to make sure they were back (they supposedly re-opened yesterday, but when J called during the day, there was no answer). Anchor is so small, they just have a bar for service and a few tables - they don't take reservations, and they don't do take-out orders.
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I signed my name on the waiting list and the time we arrived (8:20pm), and we waited. And waited. We had just worked out, so we were starving. We ended up waiting 50 minutes and finally scored a spot at the counter. (This photo was taken when we were leaving and the restaurant was empty.)
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After waiting so long, we were afraid the place wouldn't live up to the hype. We decided to order the clam chowder (of course), but also wanted to get a good sampling of different things on the menu. Off the specials list, we ordered the Cioppino (I love Cioppino - I love seafood, and I love that this dish was created in San Francisco - not to mention the fact that it's delicious.), we also ordered a crab cake appetizer, and a seafood Caesar salad.

The clam chowder was good. Thick, creamy, flavorful - a good amount of both potatoes and clams, and everything tasted fresh. It deserves a spot on the 7x7 list.
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The crab cakes were good. Mostly crab, hardly any filler, and the sauce served with them had a nice dill that set it apart from just another tartar sauce. At $13 for two small cakes, it was a bit pricey, but good.
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The seafood Caesar was delicious. It had crab, prawns, and bay shrimp, and it wasn't overly dressed, so you can really appreciate the flavor of the fresh, great quality seafood. They give you a good amount of seafood, and the croutons are so good, you can eat them by themselves. I think they were house-made.
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The Cioppino was really good too - lots of crab, fish, mussels, and clams, and a rich, flavorful broth. It also came with garlic bread, which was great for dipping in the broth.
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We liked all the food at Anchor Oyster Bar, and even though it was a bit expensive, it's not more than any other good seafood spot (like Swan Oyster Depot) and in San Francisco, it's worth it for the quality (especially since Fisherman's Wharf is such a tourist trap). We will definitely be back.

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