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Dec 23, 2007 03:42 PM

Oakland's chinatown: good fish markets?

I want lobsters (New England, not rock or anything else) tomorrow night, and I thought I'd try chinatown tomorrow morning.... are there especially good fish markets I should check out? I've never shopped there and I want to cut down on the wandering around.

edit: sorry for the double post....

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  1. Not exactly Chinatown but still East Bay, Ranch 99 in El Cerrito has live lobsters at, I believe, $11.99 a pound. Some are very large, they are way over 2 pounds.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks...I *almost* put in my original post that I didn't want to go to Ranch 99 (it's always a zoo, and I'm betting it'll be a mess getting there tomorrow) but for 11.99, I might have to.

      1. re: zunzie

        Oakland C-Town won't be that much less of a zoo w/ parking, double parkers, pedestrians, ppl having dim sum/lunch, etc

        1. re: zunzie

          Stay out of the parking lot if there is a line to get in and park on the street either in front of the store, in front of the condos or in back of the store on the street. Ranch 99 parking etiquette can be somewhat lacking when the lot is full. Bart is a possible
          alternative with a less than 1 mile walk.South to Central,right toward the bay,cross
          San Pablo, left at Belmont, right on San Diego and in the side door.The store is on the other side of the building.

          1. re: wolfe

            Reason I did not get my boy scout map reading merit badge,news. Central is north of the El Cerrito Plaza Bart station and of course the turn is to the left toward the bay. The rest of the directions are correct.

      2. There is a well-stocked store on 8th Street between Webster and Franklin.
        You might try parking in the garage underground between Webster and Franklin, between 9th and 11th.

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        1. re: Joel

          I was there Thursday (east side of 8th), and the lobsters were under $10/lb.

          1. re: PorkButt

            under $10! Whoa. I went to 99. Next time, Chinatown.

            1. re: zunzie

              I should add that I didn't pay attention to size so that may have factored into the price.