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Oakland's chinatown: good fish markets?

zunzie Dec 23, 2007 03:42 PM

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. wolfe RE: zunzie Dec 23, 2007 03:56 PM

    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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      zunzie RE: wolfe Dec 23, 2007 04:08 PM

      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.

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        kc72 RE: zunzie Dec 23, 2007 05:28 PM

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

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          wolfe RE: zunzie Dec 23, 2007 06:40 PM

          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.

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            wolfe RE: wolfe Dec 23, 2007 10:58 PM

            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.

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        Joel RE: zunzie Dec 23, 2007 04:56 PM

        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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          PorkButt RE: Joel Dec 23, 2007 11:00 PM

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

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            zunzie RE: PorkButt Dec 24, 2007 01:39 PM

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

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              PorkButt RE: zunzie Dec 24, 2007 02:31 PM

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

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