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Dining on the waterfront

After debarking the Alcatraz ferry at 4:30pm, Suzanne and I headed west toward Fisherman’s wharf in search of a snack. We made it as far as Pier 39, and found ourselves drawn in by the pull of the kitsch, and could not escape. Filled with shopping and restaurants, as well as a carousel, it was the antithesis of life at Alcatraz.

We were hungry so we worked our way down the pier, sampling as we went, including coffee, a half-dozen of Trish’s Mini Donuts, a hot pretzel, and BBQ Salmon Sandwich from Pier Market Seafood Restaurant.

The best part of Pier 39 for Suzanne was seeing the California Sea Lions that “hang” at the pier, since the 1989 earthquake.

We concluded the evening’s dining at In-N-Out Burger, a west coast chain featuring a simple menu of high-quality hamburgers and fries made to order with fresh ingredients. For those not in the know, while the official menu is very brief, there are numerous “secret menu” items offered, including our favorite the Animal Style Burger—a mustard cooked beef patty served on a bun with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, extra spread and grilled onions.

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