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Hometown Hungers: Best Cioppino Outside of San Francisco

Excerpted from 12/8/16 post by Amy Sherman

Sink your spoon into a steaming bowl of this signature stew without even finding your way to Fog City. These charming spots across the country are ladling up luscious spins of their own.

Sam's Chowder House Cioppino

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay California

Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay serves cioppino with cracked Dungeness crab, prawns, mussels, clams and rockfish. The sauce, which is flavored with fennel and pasilla pepper, has just a bit of zing. Sam's offers two different options for this dish, which continues to be one of the restaurant's most popular menu items. You can get the cioppino served classically or "lazy style" (with the shells removed). When Dungeness crab is unavailable, lump blue crab is swapped in as a substitute.