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Nov 19, 2006 08:56 PM

Crabs- Half Moon Bay

Driving through Half Moon Bay tonight- any reccs for local crab?

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  1. If your route is taking you south of HMB, I'd stop at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero to see if the crab melt is back on the menu. It is a thing of beauty.

    Duarte's crab melt -

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      We stopped for breakfast at Duarte's in Pescadero on Friday morning on the way to Santa Cruz. The kitchen kindly made a heavenly crab melt for my breakfast while the husband enjoyed his birthday celebration Mexican omelette and a slice of ollalieberry pie.

      The next stop was Phipps Country store for their heirloom dry beans; Vallartas, Gigandes, and Christmas Limas - and a big jar of ollalieberry jam. It was a beautiful foggy drive down Hwy One to Santa Cruz until Davenport; thereafter it was balmy sunshine for our 3-day weekend of nonstop chowing.

      1. re: Cynsa

        Duarte's pie for breakfast! sounds like the formula for a happy birthday to me!

    2. Be careful. Very careful opening that link. The first time I read Melanie's Duarte's post I was filled with painful longing for days. If you are going through Princeton, the harbormaster's office should have a signboard on the loop road listing which boats are selling. There are also retail options in the harbor shore complex, and of course, Barbara's Fish Trap for takeout.

      If you're on a mission, bear in mind the mathmatics of Dungeness:

      Two two pound crabs come off the boat in Princeton.

      They are purchased by a wholesaler for $1.85-$2.00/lb. on the spot market.

      They are resold within hours in the retail market for $5-$7/lb. cooked.

      They are cleaned (carapace removed, etc) and cracked, which instantly reduces the weight by 60 percent. So four pounds of crab are now, maybe 28 oz.

      At home, separating the meat from the shells results in a second reduction of maybe 50 percent.

      At the table, those 2 2/lb. crabs appear as 14 oz. of crab meat.

      To personalize that calculation, based on my experiences this week, 2 2/lb. crabs serves one hungry Sushi Monster. At a retail cost of about $30. Your mileage may vary.

      Have a blast.

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      1. re: Sushi Monster

        There's a better way!

        Very live and very angry crab can be had for $2.99 per pound on clement street in the fish market 1 block east of new may wah. 2 crabs, 1 pig trotter, and 3.75 pounds of pork shoulder set us back $20.

        Bryan's market has cooked, cleaned crab at $5.99 and Faletti's market (Broderick at Oak) has cooked crab for $4.99, also cleaned according to my BF.

      2. I saw Pasta Moon on Check Please. I haven't been but the people on the show really liked it and they specialize in seasonal and fresh ingredients. I'd bet they have Dungeness on the menu, but you could call down to check. Please post back to let us know what you found out.

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        1. re: sgwood415

          There have been numerous reports here on Pasta Moon, here's a recent one: