In many San Franciscans' opinion this was the "tourist sourdough". It is the bread in the familiar red-and-blue packaging ubiquitous at Fisherman's Wharf and SFO. The bread millions of visitors grabbed on the way to their planes as a souvenir.
Parisian was one of the most visible of San Francisco sourdough brands. It was the bread served at many old-time San Francisco restaurants, including the 156-year-old Tadich Grill on California Street, the oldest restaurant in the West. Parisian also was featured at the Cliff House and at most Fisherman's Wharf restaurants. French bread with cracked crab produced a meal that, when washed down with California Chardonnay, was said to be the quintessential San Francisco dish.
Though in my opinion Parisian was not among the very best San Francisco sourdoughs, it wasn't bad and was always consistent, and it's sad to see the tradition go.