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Nov 1, 2006 06:32 PM

Dungeness Crab Sightings? (SF to Pleasanton)

Some SF friends just moved to Pleasanton (although they still work in SF). We want to get some live (the bigger the better) dungeness crabs on Friday for this coming weekend (either in SF or on the way to Pleasanton). We usually get live crabs from an Asian fish/poultry shop on the south side of Clement around maybe 8th ave. (that general vicinity on Clement). So, where have you seen crabs recently?

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  1. We just bought crab last week in Oakland's Chinatown. All of the seafood markets have it.

    1. If you can wait a couple of weeks, the local crab season will have started. Any crab you buy now has been shipped in from points north.

      1. Hmmm, I can't wait for crab season to start!

        1. 99 Ranch in El Cerrito. They're small and about $4/lb, as of day before yesterday.

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          1. re: Chuckles the Clone

            That is really cheap. Are they alive? And by small - could you estimate approximate weight? Like are they half the size of usual dungeness? Are you sure they are dungeness? This is tempting but we've never been to that store. Where in El Cerrito is it?

            1. re: niki rothman

              right off of the Central Ave. exit on 80 -- you can see the Pacific East Mall sign.

              1. re: niki rothman

                Small claws, which is the whole dungeness thing isn't it?
                Maybe 1.5lb each? Last year they had them looking like this
                at roughly this price through at least Thanksgiving, so there's
                no rush until someone else confirms. I'm not much of a crab
                guy and there's some potential for confusion on my part here.

            2. The season opens Nov 15th. Although, it was delayed last year due to pricing issues.
              I'd wait a few weeks and get the local ones.