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sunnyside May 10, 2006 11:11 PM

I'll be visiting the Bay area for a couple weeks in June and was hoping to find a great Crab Louie salad while I'm there. Any suggestions?

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    Robert Lauriston May 10, 2006 11:37 PM

    Tail end of the season, and crab Louis is more popular with tourists than locals, but the classic places are Swan Oyster Depot and Tadich.

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      sunnyside May 11, 2006 12:28 AM

      I forgot that June was the end of the season...
      is there any local seafood that is beginning its season in June?

      Also, if crab louis is a mostly ordered by tourists these days, how would most locals prefer their dungeness crab?

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        Gyred May 11, 2006 02:19 AM

        Had a wonderful crab louis at Fish in Sausalito last week. A bit pricey, but the huge chunks of fresh crab and the outdoor setting in great weather made it all worthwhile. Far beyond what you would ever find at tourist spots.

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          Pssst May 11, 2006 10:06 AM

          "how would most locals prefer their dungeness crab?"

          Michael & I eat our crab two ways: whole & as cakes.

          There's plenty of places that serve whole crab roasted with butter & garlic or salt & pepper crab, chili crab, green curry crab and so on.

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            Robert Lauriston May 11, 2006 12:05 PM

            Local seafood in season in June includes anchovies and mackerel.

            To get fresh local seafood in a restaurant you have to ask, as most of our seafood's flown in. You could check the SF Chronicle's weekly Thursday fishing report to know what to watch for.

            Link: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...

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              Anya L May 11, 2006 03:29 PM

              Crab Louis is also loved by some locals, including myself! In addition to Tadich and Swan, you might try Anchor Oyster Bar on Castro.

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                CH Addict May 11, 2006 05:33 PM

                Nothing wrong with ordering a crab louie, if that's what you like!

                I don't personally like a lot of creamy dressings so I prefer my crab w/ melted butter and a hunk o' sourdough, wine optional. If you ask, Swan Oyster has always been happy to melt some butter for me. Enjoy! (And I am jealous...)

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                srr May 11, 2006 01:58 AM

                It is the end of the season, but my husband and I had a couple of tasty crabs on Mon. night for dinner. We bought them at New May Wah on Clement for $3.69 a pound. Not as sweet as earlier in the season, but still pretty darn good.

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                  Brian Spangler May 11, 2006 03:40 AM

                  I agree with Robert on Swan and Tadich. Tadich is a classic sit down bar/restaruant, which is not open on the weekend and Swan is an oyster bar that is open from 8am-5pm, with only a cramped bar space. Depends on your needs, but I cannot go to SF without visiting the Swan Oyster Depot.

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                    Monty May 11, 2006 12:08 PM

                    Tadich is open on Saturday for both lunch and dinner. It is closed on Sunday. Had dinner there last night and it was outstanding as always.

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                  The Librarian May 11, 2006 05:09 PM

                  Go to Fish in Sausalito - the platonic ideal!

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