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dungeness crab without the work?

I'll admit it - I'm lazy. Cracking crab legs detracts from my enjoyment of it! I went to R&G Lounge and I was cursing the shell for coming in between the sweet meat and the delicious fried outside.

Is there anywhere in SF that serves good dungeness, pre-cracked?

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  1. Sounds like you're not wanting pre-cracked, but crab meat that's already been shelled? Most cooked crabs served in the shell have already been cracked by the kitchen...

    1. i guess that's what I mean

      1. It's called 'picked'. Swan Oyster Depot on Polk has it.

        1. You can buy pure dungeness for $25/lb at Monterrey Fish on Hopkins St in Berkeley. I assume good fish mkts in SF have it for a similar price. I have seen it as cheap as $20 there. Just make sure its fresh, not frozen, and dungeness, not some other species.

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          1. re: sensi63

            I've bought picked crab meat at Monterey Fish before and it was Maine Peeky Toe crab meat - the same kind of crab that the French Laundry uses and several high end NYCity restaurants use. It's very good. Monterey Fish might also carry dungeness crab meat picked so ask if that's what you're set on buying.

          2. Most places that have dungeness crab also sell the meat pre-picked for about 5x the price of live or un-picked crab. Mollie Stones, Whole Foods, Bi-Rite etc. all carry it.

            If you want a well-priced alternative, go to Tower Market (Mollie Stones) or any decent fish market and ask them to cook and crack one for you. You still have to pick the meat but most of the hard work and mess is done for you. and usually it doesn't cost extra.

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            1. re: rdean

              I was at Tower Market about 2-3 weeks ago and I was able to buy pre-picked crab meat. They had it in the case, right next to the whole steamed crabs. Just tell them how much you want and they'll pack it, weigh it, and slap a label on it for you.

              Unfortunately, I don't remember how much it was. I do remember thinking it was really reasonable.

              Call first. By the time I left the market, they had ran out of the pre-picked.