Monday, 26 July 2010
Yankee PierSan Francisco International
1 McDonnell Rd.
San Francisco, CA 94128
Tummy Points: 2.5/5
Notes: New England Clam
Chowder Cup $7.50
As part of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group which includes award winning restaurants such as One Market Restaurant in San Francisco, Yankee Pier also won an award from The San Francisco Chronicle as the Bay Area's Top 10 New Restaurants when it first opened in 2000. Its casual dining cafe style serves New England seafood such as chowder, daily oysters, and dungeness crab to just name a few.
I had a chance to drop by Yankee Pier's airport location in San Francisco (SFO) for a late night bite. Seating was very basic with wooden chairs, wooden tables, benches with hard wood backing, and a tiled floor. It all felt like food court. Being an airport location, the menu was targeted for the airport clientele with quickly prepared dishes such as salads and fried seafood that kept fingers clean. Choice of oysters was limited and you won't find dishes like the flat iron steak.
I ordered a chicken breast sandwich which took quite a bit of time to come out but arrived hot. The chicken was well cooked, juicy, and tender. It had a hint of sweet BBQ sauce they added as the chicken grilled. Interestingly, the chicken breast was skin in so that really helped preserve flavor and moisture in the chicken. I wish more restaurants kept the skin on. I was really hoping for sourdough bread since I was in San Francisco but it wasn't to be. Bread was dry but easily masked by the yummy chicken. Lettuce was already soft and was likely pre-chopped.
The clam chowder was warm. It had a good amount of clams in it and creamy. Wasn't amazing but it did meet my expectations of a good clam chowder. It was better than Boudin in San Francisco but I guess that isn't saying much.
It was good food that didn't disappoint me. It's an airport seafood restaurant so it's best not to walk in with unrealistic expectations. I was pleased they were opened late with so few customers so if you're in SFO and need a healthly late night bite, I would recommend giving Yankee Pier a try.