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Dec 16, 2007 11:48 AM

Lump Crab Meat

ISO the best place in SF or Marin to buy lump crab meat. thx

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  1. Hi Renee, are you from the east coast? We don't really refer to fresh crab as lump meat here. I lived on the other coast for a couple of years and that's what they called it. It stuck in my memory because it's kinda funny sounding way to refer to shelled crab.

    Anyway, dungeness crab is sold in the shell or shelled. In some cases you can buy a crab at the market and ask them to completely shell it for you, to order. All of the upscale markets carry fresh crab meat right now. The crab season just opened so you will not have trouble finding it, but call ahead. On the other hand, buy a few live crabs, boil 'em up and crack 'em yourself. One of the best things in the world, IMO.

    Good luck.

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    1. re: gloryous

      Renee for the west coast you will have to clarify your request. Left coast people think
      dungeness, Right coat people think blue. There are several sites for canned lumb crab. Costo may have it. Trader Joes probably has some. Both are from Asia.Ranch 99 has both live blue, on occasion, and dungeness at good prices if you want to cook and shell your own. Gloryous I believe there is a differentiation between crabmeat from the claws and from the body.

      1. re: wolfe

        Fair enough. I SO love fresh dungeness with lemon and garlic aioli that I eat it all - claws, joints and body, so long as it is white and sweet. OT- I love Zuni and Swans for fresh crab.

        1. re: gloryous

          Swans always gets the best crab, they sell the most and have around the longest.
          North Bay has many options up between Tomales and Bodega Bay, saw it everywhere. Have a great carb sandwich today at Spuds in Bodega Bay. This crab is not coming out of the SF Bay which I won't touch for quit some time.

        2. re: wolfe

          Costco has a couple of brands of tinned lump crab meat, the better of which is Phillips. IIRC, it's in the refrigerator case.

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            Our local Costco (Richmond) stopped carrying the Phillips lump crab meat (which we loved) a while ago. Now it has "super lump" crab meat from Chicken of the Sea. In the same refrigerator case, but in a well-sealed cardboard pack, not in a real tin. It's OK but not as good as Phillips, says my crab-cake-making wife.

            1. re: santoku45

              To tell the truth, I can't be sure if my local Costco (SF) still carries it either, since I haven't looked for it is a while.

              1. re: Xiao Yang

                I would not buy crab from Costco since they caused the problem here for getting crab in the first place. Just seems wrong IMO.

                1. re: Lori SF

                  The Cosco Busan is related to CosTco?

                  1. re: Lori SF

                    After scratching my head, I figured out what you were referring to.

                    The ship that spilled the oil was not the COSTCO Busan, but the COSCO Busan. COSCO stands for the China Ocean Shipping Company, but the ship is no longer owned by them, either.

                    1. re: Lori SF

                      I was told its their contracted freight carrier. Their crab is not local, maybe to OP was not asking for local so it might not matter.

                      1. re: Lori SF

                        "I was told its their contracted freight carrier."

                        Um, by who? The ship is owned by Regal Stone, Ltd. of China and was carrying cargo for COSCO, still no relation to CosTco. (from examiner article)

                        1. re: larochelle

                          To be precise, Regal Stone is Hong Kong-based, not Mainland-based.

          2. If you're looking for shelled crab, because you want to make up some quick crabcakes or the like, I've found Tower Market (on Portola; now Molly Stones but it seems that they've left the meat/fish dept the same) has a good turnover, and good proportion of claw/body meat.

            1. Thanks everyone for your feedback. Was in Sausalito on an errand this afternoon and ended up getting shelled crab (claws and body meat) at FISH restaurant and fish market (popped in as we were right next store). The result was the best crab cakes my partner and I have ever had.


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              1. re: renee_pletka

                excellent choice. Another place that has good crab cakes that you can buy and serve up at home is Bryan's Market. Goes nicely with some organic greens light dressing and lemon.

                1. re: Lori SF

                  The guys at FISH also recommended Bryan's as the best option within the city. We are definitely planning to check it out as it's pretty close to our apt. Thx

              2. All Whole Foods sell shelled crab meat (probably not lump though) for close to $30 a pound. Costco carries (or used to carry) canned lump meat that has to stay refrigerated. Even large Safeway stores carry shelf-stable lump crab meat; I just got some a short while back, just to be ready for cases when I want to make my dinner fancier by preparing a last-minute crab salad (crab meat mixed with lemon juice and mayonnaise stuffed in half an avocado, with mixed greens).



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                1. re: vincentlo

                  Costco (SF) still has lump crab meat in the refrigerator section (though they've switched brands from Phillips to Chicken 'O the Sea) and may still have a cheaper unrefrigerated variety as well. In the past they've also had shelled Dungeness in season for arond $15/lb.