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Buying Fresh Crab in San Francisco

tenngirl Aug 27, 2008 01:08 PM

Any suggestions of the best place to buy reasonably-priced live crab in San Francisco?

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    scosco Aug 27, 2008 08:02 PM

    May Wah on Clement has been great for crab.

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    1. re: scosco
      Civil Bear Aug 27, 2008 08:50 PM

      I'll second New May Wah if you find yourself at that end of town.

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      Janet Aug 27, 2008 05:28 PM

      The Housewives Market in Old Oakland has live crab.

      Housewives' Market
      907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

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        ML8000 Aug 27, 2008 01:13 PM

        Chinatown or 99 Ranch market. They will be alive but from the Pacific Northwest as NorCal crab season begins in Nov and ends in May. If you want them cleaned and cooked, and/or cracked, go to Swan's Oyster Depot.

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        1. re: ML8000
          wolfe Aug 27, 2008 01:57 PM

          Ranch 99 in Richmond cleans them for easy home preparation, no charge. I assume all branches do the same.

          1. re: ML8000
            Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2008 02:01 PM

            No 99 Ranch in SF (closest is in Daly City), but Pacific Super's the same sort of place.

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              Nancy Berry Sep 1, 2008 05:22 PM

              Pacific Super is not nearly as clean as Ranch 99 -- as soon as you walk into the PS Alemany store, your nose lets you know that. We used to go to that store because it was closer to our house than Ranch 99, but we now go to Manila Oriental Market on Mission or drive a bit farther to Ranch 99 in Daly City because of these cleanliness issues and because their selection of foods is more diverse, bigger and better cared for. And the seafood area of Ranch 99 is spotless with continuously running clear water tanks full of live seafood.

              1. re: Nancy Berry
                intomeat Sep 1, 2008 06:56 PM

                Have you checked out Ocean View Supermarket on Alemany near Brotherhood Way? I'm not sure if it's a chain, but it's clean and huge. (It occupies the old Albertson/Lucky space.)

                Ocean View Supermarket
                3995 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA

                1. re: Nancy Berry
                  baron45 Sep 1, 2008 10:26 PM

                  The new Pacific Super in San Bruno (where Cala used to be) is much better than the Alemany location.

                  And that Oceanview Super on Alemany sucks. They have so few people shopping there (as compared to the other Asian markets) that the low rate of turnover. For example, they were selling tofu that was a month past its expiration date and I saw similar expired packages of refrigerated noodles.

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