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Top 9 Delicacies for Seafood-Loving Tourists

Updated on August 31, 2015

The affinity is such that travelers flock to tourism hubs such as San Francisco in the United States or the Cornish coast in the UK to feast their taste buds on goodness from the sea.

Whether it is the relishing fresh Dungeness crab with its sweet and tender flesh or a juicy grilled sardine, here’s a list of must-taste items for seafood fans. And along with the main courses, there are a few desserts that are gaining popularity in culinary circles, when it comes to coupling dessert with seafood.

Cioppino

Cioppino is a colourful fish stew, made from the catch of the day. Originating in San Francisco, California it is a mix of Italian and American cuisine. Though the recipe varies across different restaurants, the seafood cocktail was originally invented by fisherman who tossed their leftover catch in tomato sauce to savour their taste buds. Today, with the addition of some herbs and spices, this royal seafood extravaganza of dungeness crab, mussels, clams, calamari, snapper, shrimp, and tomatoes simmered in a crunchy, semi-sweet fennel stew is relished by many. Served typically with the famous SF sourdough toast or French bread, this exquisite mélange of seafood creates a rich flavor for the diners to indulge in.

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Crab Cake With Tartar Sauce And Roasted Potatoes

Since crabs are caught in abundance every day, hence meaty cakes made out of freshly minced jumbo crabs are quite popular among the foodie tourists. The newly baked, round crispy patties are served hot with home-made tangy tartar sauce and potatoes roasted to perfection. Some restaurants serve the cakes with a side of thick, tomato-basil sauce, rice pilaf and stewed tomatoes as well to endorse an eclectic blend of sweet and sour.

Clam Chowder Bread Bowl

The creamy clam chowder, prepared using a gourmet recipe tastes like a hug feels, thanks to the stick-to-your-ribs texture, thinly sliced clams, a variety of herbs and rustic skinned potatoes. Served in a bowl made out of the sourdough bread, clam chowder comes with a flavourful punch and a sharp pop of brine and butter. Many clam lovers enjoy the rendition with extra clams and thinner chowder. Flecks of crunchy spring onions and orange shavings of carrots add a subtle twist to the SF classic. The smell of freshly baked sourdough bread and a burst of the mild, herby broth in the mouth makes one crave for more. For this reason, visitors at times book their minicabs or private hire vehicles beforehand so that they do not have to wait for more than an hour at the restaurant because of the demand and popularity of the dish.

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Sautéed Garlic Shrimps

Prepared in the two greatest pleasures, garlic and butter, the plump shrimps win the hearts of many. A touch of freshly chopped parsley and a dash of lemon juice give the dish an amazing flavor combination of garlicky and herbal goodness. These succulent, sizzling shrimps seasoned with a pinch of black pepper are absolutely nothing short of perfection.

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Dungeness Crab

The delicate flavor of this species of crab attracts hundreds of visitors who have a taste for the slight sweetness of the soft meat, which melts in the mouth within a few seconds. Simply boiled in salty water, this giant sea treat serves to be a complete and fantastically scrumptious lean meal.

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The San Francisco Lox Sandwich

The famous lox sandwich is a featured attraction in most SF menus. The soft piece of lox on a bed of colourful thinly sliced tomatoes and onion rings locks the impeccable flavor to satisfy the taste buds. This healthy yet tantalizing open face sandwich with crunchy fresh vegetables and a tablespoonful of cream cheese in toasted bread is usually the top choice of visitors who prefer to “walk n eat” or enjoy a light lunch in cabs.

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Butterscotch and Chocolate Pot de Crème

A contemporary take on a vintage classic, this smooth silky dessert has the heart of many pudding fans. The gorgeous and creamy pudding is served in a glorious pot with a warm and sweet taste ready to awaken one’s love for the velvety dessert.

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Clairesquare

Also known as “Millionaire’s Shortbread” these small sized squares are a mix of milk and dark chocolate, with a thin, sticky layer of caramel over a solid piece of dense shortbread.

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Lemon Cream Tart

One of the most popular treats after seafood is the lemon cream tart. The distinctive, sweet and tangy aroma of the lemon cream swirled into a tart crust is the ultimate attraction especially for tourists. It is delicate yet satisfying and has the heart of locals and foreigners alike.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very interesting hub for a seafood lover like myself.

    • Laura Sumner profile image

      Laura 

      3 years ago from Bucharest

      Those pictures Anne!! O_O

      Never tried crab before, only baby squid and clams but they were delicious and I can't wait to taste some of these dishes as well. Especially the Clairesquare lol

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      Aleksey Donets 

      3 years ago from Cherkassy, Ukraine

      Thanks for the awesome post, Anne! But I wonder, have you tasted all those delicious meals you have mentioned in your post? They look really luxurious and out-of-a-kind! I can't even imagine how tasty they really are, just because I haven't tried any of them. And I also can’t imagine how to cook all those dishes:)))

      I adore seafood and I'm also fond of cooking, so I'll be grateful to you if you share the more detailed cooking instructions in other Hubs you submit! Or, maybe, you know other receipts that are worth trying? Anyway, thanks for the post again and I'm looking forward to reading other articles you are going to write here, I hope!!!

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