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Nov 29, 2007 05:42 PM

Local Crabs are Coming

Just heard the news that the local crabbers are going out.

Where's your favorite place to buy fresh, local crab to cook at home? And what are your favorite restaurants for local crab?

I like the fish counter at the Ferry Building for a half steamed crab and a hunk of bread. Where else?

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  1. My family will be at Pillar Point Sunday afternoon, ready and eager to finally get it on! Bring an ice chest, CASH, rubber bands for the claws, etc. And at home, have everything set up for the big boil -- lemons, garlic bread, beer, wine, etc.

    I hope it's not $3++ per pound off the boats.

    And remember folks: the rule of thumb for whole uncleaned crab weight to usable cooked crab meat is 1:4 ... If you want 2 lbs. of crab, you need to buy four two-pound crabs.

    The fact that it's been delayed only makes the feast sweeter ....

    Sushi Monster

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    1. re: Sushi Monster

      Do you buy the crab directly from the fishermen? Or is there a booth like at Hog Island?

      1. re: Sushi Monster

        Don't bother rushing to Pillar Pt so fast. Weather may deter the boats for a few days:

      2. We're so happy.

        Our first crab of the season will be a dinner tonight with some local fishermen at a Slow Food crab "festival". Nate Keller & his team (google) will be making dinner. Its a fundraiser to send locals to Terra Madre.

        We had been worried the event would be cancelled, postponed or worse have subpar crab, but it looks like its going to work out. I'm so excited!

        Then next weekend, we're going to do our own basic crab feed at home.

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        1. re: larochelle

          Can't wait to get my hands on some fresh crab

        2. I've never bought crab directly off of a boat or on a dock, but I somehow feel the urge to do so this year. Can anyone provide any links/directions on where and when to get fresh crab either in the Santa Cruz area or up north a bit like San Mateo/Half Moon Bay?

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          1. re: Bunson

            This thread has links to maps, phone numbers to call for availability, and other tips for buying directly from the boats in Half Moon Bay.

          2. I buy my crab (& all my fish, generally) at Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley. As with all his fish, Cubby has only the best crab, at fair market price. You can get it either live or cooked.

            1. The SF Chronicle is reporting, within the last hour, that the crab fleets in SF and HMB are set to go for 6 am Saturday.

              Here's the link:

              Still, I'd advise calling the Pillar Point harbormaster's recorded fish sales line at 650-726-8724. If they drop pots Saturday mid-day, who knows what'll show up -- and when -- on the dock this weekend.

              Sushi Monster

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              1. re: Sushi Monster

                let''s hope that the predicted storm holds off. fishing boats can't balance the extra weight of the crab traps in heavy seas. I hope the fleet comes in with a great catch at Pillar Point. I'll be waiting, too.

                1. re: Cynsa

                  Would be great to have an impromptu tailgate party on Sunday afternoon in the parking lot at Pillar Point. Question: What is the secret 'Hound handshake or gang sign?

                  Sushi Monster

                  1. re: Cynsa

                    Visited Pillar Point late yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. You could see many stacks of the crab pots still in the parking lot and on many of the boats in dock. No local crabs available from boats at that time late yesterday afternoon.

                    Instead, picked up a few live Washington state crabs at Marina market in San Mateo, $3.99/lbs. They were quite nice fried up in Singaporean chili crab sauce.

                    Marina Food
                    2992 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403

                    1. re: Benny Choi

                      I also picked up Washington state crabs, but at Ranch 99 where they were $3.69/lb. We simply steamed them last night, then pan fried the leftovers in garlic butter tonight. The bigger of the two was at least 2.5 lbs.

                      99 Ranch Market
                      35201 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA

                      1. re: DezzerSF

                        They were $3.69 in SF Chinatown today as well; smallish, but this was late in the day and they may have been picked over. I have no idea whether they were from Washington or local.

                      2. re: Benny Choi

                        Guess I win the crab shopping derby. Was on Irving Street this afternoon picking up stuff at TC Pastry with my parents before taking them home to Salinas. My mom and I went across the street to 23rd Irving Supermarket and found live crabs there for $2.99/lb. Our two weighed 4.2 pounds total, and one was a bit larger than the other. Couldn't find out their origin, either the counter guys didn't know or they didn't want to tell me.

                        23rd Irving Supermarket
                        2201 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

                    2. re: Sushi Monster

                      I just called Woodhouse Fish to ask, and they said with the weather forecast, they're hoping for Tuesday.

                        1. re: dmacniven

                          Excellent. Thanks for the update!

                          Woodhouse Fish Company
                          2073 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                          1. re: chemchef

                            I gather it's eat in, I gather from The Tablehopper (scroll down):


                            1. re: Xiao Yang

                              An update on local crabbing, since the few boats that came in on Sunday and Monday, there has been nothing since due to bad weather. The current prediction is that we should start seeing more tomorrow and through the weekend. We are running pretty low at the Woodhouse today but should be able to refill by tomorrow night.

                              1. re: dmacniven

                                Thanks for the update, since I posted this morning asking about crabs for the weekend (I will be in for lunch on Saturday), but it apparently never got posted. I have never been to Woodhouse.... is it strictly eat-in or do you have a fish market as well?

                                1. re: dmacniven

                                  I had the $13 whole crab at Woodhouse on Saturday.... Awesome! Went with a friend who had the stuffed artichoke, and it looked delicious as well. We shared the Iceburg wedge salad and an order of fries and were just stuffed to the gills when we left. It was both of our first time there, and we will definitely be back... Excellent service, fresh fish, good prices!