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Jul 28, 2008 04:23 PM

Buying Dungeness crab in Seattle

Does anybody have tips on where to buy fresh Dungeness crab in Seattle to bring to a beach party on Saturday? We're looking for high quality combined with reasonable prices (not surprisingly!).

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  1. Some of the worst crab I've ever gotten was from the Market, out of all places. The best places are Mutual Fish (Rainier Valley) and University Seafood & Poultry (University District). Whether prices will be "reasonable" given the price of gas nowadays, I can't vouch for. I don't know whether there are Asian places in the ID that might have better deals.

    1. I bought a couple of wonderful dungies at Metropolitan Market last week.

      1. I'd not risk it .. Mutual Fish, Uwajimaya or University Seafood ..THE 3 choices for seafood in the city. You could try grocery stores but none will beat any of these 3.

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        1. re: oliveoyl

          I would add Fresh Fish Company on 80th and 24th in Crown Hill to that list. I've become a regular there and have never been disappointed. This is the place that used to sell their crab cakes and whatever else they got from local fisherman out of the back of a mini mart in Ballard--now they have a shop with a larger selection.

          Can I also just take this opportunity to tell everyone that Jack's Fish Spot sold me ammonia crab meat recently? How hard is it to make sure your cooked crab meat is fresh? Sheesh.

        2. Mutual Fish is my favorite fishmonger in Seattle. Pikes market unfortunately isn't good. It is for tourists that don't know what they are buying. Pretty obvious, but avoid anywhere that throws fish :D

          1. I usually pull them from my front yard on Orcas Island...but when it is not sport season and I am in Seattle, I go to Fishermans Terminal in Ballard to the little place next to Chinook (don't recommend Chinook for food unless its just a quick lunch). They always have fresh stuff and won't sell it if it's not