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Dungeness crab $/lb at your local stores?

DezzerSF Nov 24, 2008 09:25 PM

I saw $6.99/lb at the Newark Ranch 99 this past Sunday. They didn't specify origin, but the crabs were lively.

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    Cheesy Oysters Feb 24, 2009 07:51 AM

    I went to Ranch 99 and the were out totattly of crabs on Satuday morning. Price was $6.99. They were going to get in more in the afternoon but I wasn't going back. Switched from crab to ribs and tri-tip for a family bday dinner for 15.

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      ML8000 Feb 23, 2009 06:52 PM

      I was in Oakland Chinatown so I stopped by Lucky Seafood to look. Crabs were $5.99/lb so I grabbed a couple. The guys there said the season was coming to an end so I got big ones of big ones (2.75-3 lbs). I think there's probably 3-4 weeks left. They were were as good as the rest of the season. I think I'm crabbed out now.

      1. Cynsa Feb 12, 2009 04:52 AM

        Santa Rosa: Wednesday Farmers Market at the Vets Bldg: crab, cooked $4.99 lb.

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        1. re: Cynsa
          baron45 Feb 12, 2009 08:43 PM

          Foster City 99 Ranch:

          $5.49/lb and $4.49/lb for ones with missing claws.

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          jrzgyrl Jan 28, 2009 07:52 PM

          $5.50/lb today at Alito-Lazio, across the street from the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. Nice and lively. Go on a weekday when it's blissfully quiet, and you'll get street parking.

          1. monku Jan 27, 2009 09:10 PM

            I figured out how to figure out the price of Dungeness crab.......the price seems to track what the stock market is doing?

            1. Melanie Wong Jan 27, 2009 04:07 PM

              $3.99/lb at the new (6-months old) Maxim in San Jose yesterday. Didn't buy one, only five in the tank in the morning.

              Maxim Market
              1179 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA

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                CYL Jan 27, 2009 01:18 PM

                $3.49/lb at Lions Food Center in Milpitas. Crab looked sufficiently lively in tank to buy and proves to be extraordinarily lively to the test at home.

                1. Lower crab right side up in sink.
                2. Wave hand over crab.
                3. Immediate response - jumps up on feet to challenge with pinchers snapping away!

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                  nanomatrix Dec 31, 2008 10:13 AM

                  Champagne, Sourdough and Dungeness for New Year's Eve. SOP.

                  Ranch 99 in Mountain View had plenty of 2.5 pounders.
                  Most of them seem to have an attitude problem :-)

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                  1. re: nanomatrix
                    Shrinkrap Dec 31, 2008 11:45 AM

                    4.99/pound at Country square in Vacaville. Two tanks; one really lively. Don't know where they are from.

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                      theSauce Dec 31, 2008 02:07 PM

                      Just came back from 99Ranch in Dublin. They were $6.99 a pound when I walked into 99 and by the time I was helped it was $7.99 a pound. Walked away with a fish instead. I don't need to contribute to 99 Ranch's greed, I'm sure they'll be $3.99 when weekend comes.

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                        Stephanie Wong Dec 31, 2008 03:03 PM

                        5.49/lb. @ Country Square in Pacheco/Concord (near Buchanan Airport) for 1 lively 2-lb crab with all its claws

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                          baron45 Jan 25, 2009 04:57 PM

                          $4.49/lb at Foster City 99 Ranch. Lots of 'em are missing rear legs.

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                            ML8000 Jan 25, 2009 06:44 PM

                            $3.69/lb at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown. It was a madhouse and the crabs looked "lazy" and small so I didn't buy.

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                              ML8000 Jan 27, 2009 07:32 PM

                              I bought a 2-lb'er today at Lucky for $3.69. Very lively. Even after being in the frig most of the day, he poked the lid off the pot when he went in. Not as sweet as Dec. but still very good and at.$3.69 still pretty inexpensive.

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                                DezzerSF Jan 27, 2009 08:55 PM

                                Just wondering, what color was the crab butter? I'm trying to figure out if lively = yellow, lazy = green

                                1. re: DezzerSF
                                  ML8000 Jan 27, 2009 09:24 PM

                                  It had ellow crab butter. Great idea trying to track it.

                                  Also the crab didn't smell super "fishy" when I cooked it. I fully steamed it, with a shallow wire rack to keep the crab just in the water. The difference was the butter wasn't oozing from the joints and getting into the water, and very in tact.

                                  1. re: ML8000
                                    DezzerSF Jan 28, 2009 06:19 AM

                                    Yeah I do the same with the wire rack, so as not to lose the crab butter. I have noticed the fresher ones have yellow butter, but I prefer the green butter for some reason, deeper flavor I guess.

                    2. DezzerSF Dec 28, 2008 03:34 PM

                      $5.99/lb at Newark 99 Ranch. Big and lively. Looks like price is up again just in time for New Years Eve dinner.

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                      1. re: DezzerSF
                        RWCFoodie Dec 28, 2008 04:22 PM

                        $4.99/lb at Mt. View 99 Ranch today - big but so lethargic (none in any of the 3 tanks were moving at all) I didn't buy and I didn't see anyone else buy either... I was really bummed - really wanted fresh crab tonight and didn't want to run around anywhere else...

                      2. Alice Patis Dec 24, 2008 11:56 PM

                        Not in the SFBay area, but here's a report from the coast: the Gayle boat at the Santa Cruz Harbor had live crabs on 12/23, $4.99/lb. I got his last 3. Staff of Life market in Santa Cruz had live or cooked, $5.75/lb. On Christmas eve, Stagnaro's on the Wharf had cooked-upon-sale crab, $5something/lb. In Scotts Valley, Sandabs restaurant was selling just-cooked local crab (some from the Gayle boat), $4/lb. From what the Sandabs owner said, it didn't sound like the CA harvest has been dwindling; he sold 3000 lbs. on Dec. 22, all local.

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                        1. re: Alice Patis
                          baron45 Dec 25, 2008 12:13 PM

                          $5.49/lb at the Lin Hing on 5th & Clement.

                        2. Civil Bear Dec 21, 2008 04:31 PM

                          As of 12/20, New May Wah on Clement has live jumbos for $4.99/lb, $3.99/lb for the smaller ones.

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                          1. re: Civil Bear
                            EdwardAdams Dec 24, 2008 07:36 AM

                            $3.99 at San Pablo Market (Shun Fat), lively, one and three quarter pounds per crab.

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                              kc72 Dec 24, 2008 07:44 AM

                              Where is this market?

                              1. re: kc72
                                EdwardAdams Dec 24, 2008 07:46 AM

                                It is in San Pablo, off El Portal, across the street from Contra Costa College.

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                                  kc72 Dec 24, 2008 07:51 AM

                                  Ok, sort of assumed it was the market at the International Marketplace but wasn't sure since that area isn't mentioned very often.

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                                    baron45 Dec 24, 2008 09:34 AM

                                    $4.99 a pound at the 99 Ranch in Foster City. Some looked huge.

                            2. re: Civil Bear
                              baron45 Dec 24, 2008 08:42 PM

                              As of 12/24, New May Wah & Wing Hing on Clement has live jumbos for $5.99/lb, $4.99/lb for the smaller ones.

                            3. Cynsa Dec 21, 2008 03:39 PM

                              in the tank: $4.99/lb on Clement Street in San Francisco; $1.19/lb for small crabs

                              1. DezzerSF Dec 21, 2008 03:21 PM

                                $3.99/lb at Newark Lion Market. Very lively today, but looked to be smaller in size.

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                                  dordogne Dec 21, 2008 12:13 PM

                                  $4.99/lb, for live and lively from the tank at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown (8th St, between Webster and Franklin), $2.99/lb. for the barely live amputees sitting in a box.

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                                    realspear Dec 21, 2008 10:10 AM

                                    This morning, it seems like prices are up to stay. Pacific Super and Manila Market are both at $4.99. Ranch 99 in Daly City is at $5.49. I ended up at 20th and Irving, don't know the name of the market, small seafood section in back. They have live ones at $3.99, but I had to make him put each one out. A few only had one claw, and some just moved too slowly. I don't think I will make the mistake of inviting a large group over for crab more than a day before I buy it.

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                                    1. re: realspear
                                      Melanie Wong Dec 21, 2008 11:23 AM

                                      Prices tend to go up during bad weather (like now) when the boats can't go out safely. They probably won't come down again until the weather clears and we're past the holiday entertaining season.

                                    2. DezzerSF Dec 19, 2008 12:56 PM

                                      Monday 12/15 at Newark 99 Ranch was still $2.99 lb.
                                      Thursday 12/18 at Cupertino Marina Foods was $3.79 lb.

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                                        OldTimer Dec 19, 2008 12:23 PM

                                        $3.99 lb at Costco the other day. Good size.

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                                        1. re: OldTimer
                                          oakjoan Dec 19, 2008 01:07 PM

                                          OldTimer: I saw crabs at Richmond Costco yesterday and didn't buy any because I wasn't sure of their freshness/goodness. Are Costco crabs usually reliable?

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                                            OldTimer Dec 19, 2008 03:38 PM

                                            Yes. Because of the volume, they don't stay around too long. Also, Costco has a packed on and sell by date on them. I shop at Novato, but I think most Bay Area Costco crabs are supplied by the same wholesaler. Unlike Safeway, Costco crabs are cooked in slightly seasoned water, and taste pretty good. In fact, I'm having crab Louis tonight. Yum!

                                        2. Ruth Lafler Dec 19, 2008 08:26 AM

                                          $4.99/lb for cooked crabs t Nob Hill in Alameda yesterday -- I didn't look at their sale papers, but I would guess that price will hold for all Nob Hill/Raleys stores through next Tuesday (sales generally run from Wednesday to Tuesday).

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                                            realspear Dec 15, 2008 07:39 AM

                                            Bought three lively and tasty, if slightly small, crabs at Pacific Super on Alemany for $2.99/lb. I suspect that nearby Manila Market has the same price, but it's usually much more difficult to park.

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                                            1. re: realspear
                                              baron45 Dec 19, 2008 07:00 AM

                                              The price at Pacific Super in SSF is up to $3.99/lb. now.

                                              1. re: baron45
                                                realspear Dec 20, 2008 08:47 AM

                                                And $4.99 now, Saturday morning. I have to look elsewhere, I promised crab for eight people tomorrow...but they were coming in fresh this morning and looked good.

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                                                  xanadude Dec 20, 2008 10:07 AM

                                                  $3.99 on Mission St...Plenty of them, can't vouch for quality.

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                                              SFDude Dec 14, 2008 03:24 PM

                                              The two chinese markets near Mission and 23rd were boths selling live crab for $2.99/lb recently.

                                              1. Civil Bear Dec 14, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                G&G in Santa Rosa received a large load Saturday evening from their boats out of Bodega. $3.79/lb.

                                                New May Wa on Clement has a lage selection as of Sunday afternoon. $3.99/lb.

                                                G & G Supermarket
                                                1211 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

                                                1. Cynsa Dec 13, 2008 04:52 PM

                                                  On Saturday morning, our 3-lb cooked crab was $4.99/lb at Sonoma Market in Sonoma - a
                                                  sweet and local catch.

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                                                  1. re: Cynsa
                                                    Xiao Yang Dec 13, 2008 06:50 PM

                                                    Are you sure it was local? Crabs as big as 3lbs are usually only found off the coast of Washington and north.

                                                    1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                      Cynsa Dec 14, 2008 03:06 PM

                                                      I was told this "biggie" came from Bodega Bay... so, yes - it's local. Most of them were two-pounders, but I spied the Big One and snagged it - I will almost never purchase crab that is precooked because I like them feisty and nearly jumping out of the tank right into my pot... this one was very good, not overcooked, meat was sweet and tasted of the sea.

                                                      1. re: Cynsa
                                                        Cynsa Jan 17, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                        A return on Friday to the Sonoma Market netted another 2-lb. cooked crab for $6.99 lb. not overcooked, firm sweet meat.
                                                        Evidently the harvest is cyclical and the catch is bringing home empty nets and higher prices.
                                                        Try calling Leonard's Bait Shop in the marina at Port Sonoma on HWY 37 for fresh and alive crab.

                                                        1. re: Cynsa
                                                          Melanie Wong Jan 17, 2009 03:05 PM

                                                          Have you bought live crab from Leonard's before?

                                                          Leonard's Bait & Tackle
                                                          260 Sears Point Rd, Petaluma, CA

                                                          1. re: Melanie Wong
                                                            rworange Jan 18, 2009 06:56 PM

                                                            Heh, coincidence. I just read this after stopping at Leonards for the first time today.

                                                            Sole Man: Fresh, live, local crab at the Sonoma marina - or - buying fish off the boat at bait and tackle shops

                                                            I was about to update the place record after posting and then noticed you had. I was thinking ... wow, she's quick ... till I noticed the date was yesterday and I then read this post. Anyway, $7.50 lb today at Leonards ... and local. Anytime you see the sign, they have crabs. Recently I noticed the Berkeley Bait and Tackle had a sign for fresh crab. Haven't stopped there though.

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                                                    wendy Dec 12, 2008 02:51 PM

                                                    $4.99/lb at Wholefood in Campbell. Cooked

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                                                      peppatty Dec 12, 2008 01:20 PM

                                                      Ranch 99 foster city $3.69lb. 2 lb or less. The sign says wild caught us but probably washington. the guy didn't know if they were local or not. Lively crabs though...

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                                                      1. re: peppatty
                                                        Xiao Yang Dec 12, 2008 06:58 PM

                                                        As long as they are lively and fresh, I don't really think it matters what part of the Pacific Coast they are caught off of. We like the think of Dungeness crab as "our" crab, but tend to forget that they are named for a town in Washington which can boast having the West Coast's first commercial fishery.

                                                        1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                          peppatty Dec 12, 2008 10:32 PM

                                                          The crabs were quite lively, but at 2lbs and under, kinda on the small size. But a good size for one. It was my first crab of the season and it was delicious. I just can't bring myself to ever buy a precooked crab.

                                                          1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                            Fine Dec 15, 2008 12:08 AM

                                                            It matters if you want to support the local crab fishers who support each other by sticking to an agreed-upon price (there may be those who don't participate in the negotiations and undercut), and it matters if you like the idea of boats offloading crab locally and not shipping them down here from Oregon or Washington.

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                                                          sunnyside Dec 12, 2008 01:01 PM

                                                          My wife just bought four extremely lively 2-pounders off one of the boats in Half Moon Bay. $5 per pound.

                                                          1. mmerino Dec 11, 2008 04:17 PM

                                                            $2.99, live, at Koreana Plaza in Oakland. Also gorgeous Spanish Makrels for 1.99 a pound. Clear eyed ready to grill, or whatever!

                                                            Koreana Plaza
                                                            2328 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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                                                            1. re: mmerino
                                                              Fine Dec 11, 2008 04:52 PM

                                                              Since the northern commercial crab season started Dec. 1, crabs are certainly more plentiful but not necessarily truly "local."

                                                              Every year one reads about the necessity to reach a fair price in order for the crabbers to survive, so I--who of course enjoy a bargain as much as the next guy--still feel uneasy about prices for live local crab that fall too low. If they can't make enough to keep up their equipment and make a living, there will be no more local crabbing "industry" at all.

                                                              The reason for buying live crab has always been, so far as I know, to catch the raw tomalley and use it in flavoring dishes/sauces. Alas, periodically there are warnings about dioxins, etc., which include the advice to toss the innards, at which point it perhaps makes less difference whether the crab is purchased live or precooked (though I would never dream of the latter myself).

                                                              1. re: Fine
                                                                Xiao Yang Dec 11, 2008 06:18 PM

                                                                Isn't the wholesale agreed upon at the beginning of the season? I think I read it was $2 /lb this year. If that's true, then the more crabs sold the more money the crabbers are making, regardless of the retail price

                                                                1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                  baron45 Dec 11, 2008 07:06 PM

                                                                  I read somewhere that the prices up north were down to $1.60 a pound as compared to the $2 locally.

                                                                  1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                    Krazy Krabs Jan 16, 2009 02:11 AM

                                                                    With the price of everything going through the roof, its very discouraging to be told that wholesalers are buying crab from the fisherman for LESS this year than last. Opening day's price was $1.60/lb, then up to $2 just before Christmas...I think now its at $2.75/lb. That's almost an insult considering how hard one works to catch the little buggers.
                                                                    Buying a crab live means you get to decide how to prepare it, and the quality will be best since its never been frozen. I always clean them prior to cooking to remove any contaminants, I never cook whole crab. They prefer mud and sand bottom areas, and typically bring some of it with them into the livewell. Like all ocean creatures they make lots of waste, which they are all breathing when kept in close quarters. Besides stinky water, the gills can sometimes carry quite a load of sand and sediments, which gets added to your brine if they're cooked whole. You don't even want to KNOW what the processor's waste water from boiling mass quantities of crab looks like (and smells like), if you did you'd probably never be able to eat crab again. I can definitely say that there is a significant difference in taste between whole and pre-cleaned, whole is much fishier (especially the body meat, which is often wasted because its too strong, what a shame!) while the cleaned crab is more delicate and pure crab. Check out some brine recipes, I've experimented quite a bit and found that you can enhance your crab to 5 star gourmet by adding a few key ingredients.

                                                                    1. re: Krazy Krabs
                                                                      Civil Bear Jan 16, 2009 08:52 AM

                                                                      Interesting. I have always cooked crabs whole and have never seen anyone pass up the body meat. Still, your comments about precleaning are interesting. Do you kill the crabs before cleaning (and if so, how), or do you start cleaning them while they are alive?

                                                                      1. re: Krazy Krabs
                                                                        Shrinkrap Jan 16, 2009 08:55 AM

                                                                        "Check out some brine recipes"

                                                                        That would be a search under crab boil?

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                                                                  Dungeness Dec 11, 2008 12:13 PM

                                                                  Price is not really the issue, quality is. If you can combine the two great. San Francisco Seafood Center on Cement between 9th and 10th Ave has always had consistent quality (very High) and reasonable prices.

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                                                                  1. re: Dungeness
                                                                    ML8000 Dec 11, 2008 12:27 PM

                                                                    Besides general looks, liveliness and health of the crab (missing limbs), how do you determine quality?

                                                                  2. JulesSF Dec 10, 2008 08:51 AM

                                                                    Lucky in NoPa (1750 Fulton @ Masonic) had Dungerness crab for $2.99 this weekend!

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                                                                      ML8000 Dec 8, 2008 04:38 PM

                                                                      Went by Lucky Seafood, still $2.99 but the crabs are smaller. Average 1.5 lb vs. 2.25-2.5 lb last week. Almost didn't buy but then I realized -- they're still $2-freakin'-99. The end might be near however...or not. I guess we'll find out.

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                                                                      1. re: ML8000
                                                                        theSauce Dec 9, 2008 09:00 PM

                                                                        Went to 99 Ranch in Dublin. $2.99 per lb. However, things might change soon as they were cleaning their tanks and all of the crabs were in single tank. Perhaps they're getting new shipment in today or tomorrow.

                                                                        Also, saw that Lucky weekly ad (not the Chinese seafood market, but the super market chains) have them for $3.99 per lb. starting tomorrow, cleaning is free. I've never had supermarket precooked crab, so I don't know how good they are.

                                                                        1. re: theSauce
                                                                          baron45 Dec 9, 2008 09:10 PM

                                                                          The new Pacific mkt in SSF has live crabs for $2.99 a pound. The sign says they're from Crescent City.

                                                                          1. re: theSauce
                                                                            Alice Patis Dec 10, 2008 07:58 AM

                                                                            I ate a Lucky cooked crab that I bought on Friday (3-day-only price was 2.99/lb). There were only 5 left and I chose the biggest/fullest legged one, and still it was just over a pound. I didn't have high expectations, so I reheated it over simmering butter/garlic/white wine until hot. It was surprisingly good! Tender and moist like live crab would've been, meat was not stringy at all. It was just small :(. Other years past supermarket cooked crab have been kind of stringy/dry.

                                                                            Lion Market in San Jose (Capitol Expy) still is $2.99/lb, lots of them, but not totally lively and only a few look big enough to be over 2 lbs. I don't have time on weekdays to deal with live crab but this Friday I'll try some from Lion.

                                                                            1. re: Alice Patis
                                                                              Xiao Yang Dec 10, 2008 09:37 AM

                                                                              I do think the smaller crabs are actually tastier and have firmer meat. If they could harvest the females, it would be a different matter; the ones fullest of roe would be the prize crabs, at least for me.

                                                                              1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                                Krazy Krabs Jan 16, 2009 01:20 AM

                                                                                No fisherman who wanted to keep being a fisherman would take females, they're job security!!! It wouldn't be easy to get the eggs off anyway, and they'd be full of sand and the furry fringes she glues them to. The flavor of ocean floor and crab excrement would probably overpower whatever taste they have.

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                                                                          sarafinadh Dec 8, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                          Mission and 23rd.

                                                                          2.99 a pound

                                                                          fresh out of the tank and rocking in the bag ta get out.

                                                                          sweet, sweet, sweet.


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                                                                            jeannew Dec 8, 2008 07:42 AM

                                                                            Here in Contra Costa, you can't beat the County Square market on Contra Costa Blvd. $2.99/lb yesterday and they sold out by noon!

                                                                            1. JasmineG Dec 7, 2008 08:32 PM

                                                                              My belly is full and happy after a dinner of a nice big almost 2 pounder from Andronicos. Does anyone know if this price lasts beyond today?

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                                                                              1. re: JasmineG
                                                                                kc72 Dec 7, 2008 08:53 PM

                                                                                their ad says the prices are only good thru today

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                                                                                  JasmineG Dec 7, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                  I know, but I was hoping for a new ad!

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                                                                                    kc72 Dec 7, 2008 09:03 PM

                                                                                    nope, no crab in the new ad they just posted on their site

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                                                                                zin1953 Dec 7, 2008 08:15 PM

                                                                                $3.99 at Andronico's

                                                                                1. DezzerSF Dec 7, 2008 11:19 AM

                                                                                  To compare, I'm in Seattle right now and their local dungeness was $5.99/lb at Uwajimaya, the local Japanese market. Their crabs looked bigger on the average than the ones I've seen in the Bay.

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                                                                                    fishhead Dec 6, 2008 09:31 PM

                                                                                    $2.49 @ 99 in Mountain View this afternoon.


                                                                                    1. moto Dec 6, 2008 03:43 PM

                                                                                      Sat. 6 Dec. Oaktown, Orient Market, 7th St. Two, combined wt. of 5#, kickin'n'fightin' lively, 3.69/lb.

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                                                                                      1. re: moto
                                                                                        duck833 Dec 6, 2008 03:54 PM

                                                                                        Just had a great crab louie for dinner! Bought the cracked crap at Newman's in Eugene, $24.95 per pound.

                                                                                        1. re: duck833
                                                                                          baron45 Dec 6, 2008 08:41 PM

                                                                                          Showing some out-of-town relatives Fisherman's Wharf today, one restaurant had crab for $29.95 each cooked. Nice profit margin there. But most people were getting the $5.50 clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl.

                                                                                      2. Mission Dec 4, 2008 09:15 PM

                                                                                        I just finished some crabs from Andronicos....excellent.

                                                                                        Tasty,sweet and fresh!

                                                                                        Cleaned and cracked to perfection at the nice price.

                                                                                        Picked them up at the Telegraph store.

                                                                                        Great display of nothing but perfect crabs.

                                                                                        Don't go when its busy...it could take a while ,as they crack and clean them after your order.

                                                                                        Nice reasonably priced store made garlic bread display next to the crab.very tasty and garlicky.

                                                                                        Sale ends Sunday!

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                                                                                        1. re: Mission
                                                                                          gordon wing Dec 5, 2008 06:12 PM

                                                                                          Today's price at 99 Ranch in Richmond was $3.99 lb - 2 -1/4 lbs plus each. I noticed someone asking the fishmonger for some crabs that were "seconds" - one claw / or not too lively, etc ..... they brought out 7 or 8 crabs that were still alive but maybe not too frisky - he got them for his gumbo pot for $1.99 lb.

                                                                                          1. re: gordon wing
                                                                                            wolfe Dec 5, 2008 07:10 PM

                                                                                            The tanks were running low this afternoon and the size depends on how much you persist in having the men search through the tanks for large ones. Sometimes they shrug and say that what they have in their hands is the largest they can find. Yesterday in a hurry couldn't get more than 1.6lb.

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                                                                                          CYL Dec 4, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                                                          $2.99 Thur, 12/4 at Lion Super Food Center, San Jose at Saratoga Ave. They have two big tanks full of live crabs.

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                                                                                            DezzerSF Dec 4, 2008 07:29 PM

                                                                                            $2.99 at Marina Foods, Cupertino today. Only a couple were lively.

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                                                                                            ML8000 Dec 4, 2008 04:06 PM

                                                                                            $2.99 today at Lucky in Oakland Chinatown. I guess competition or supply really does drive down prices. I was going to wait until the weekend but it's too low to not buy...the bagette I bought was per/lb more expensive.

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                                                                                            1. re: ML8000
                                                                                              Xiao Yang Dec 4, 2008 06:24 PM

                                                                                              I spot-checked three places on Stockton St. plus the 23rd and Clement Market and they were all under $3. Liang Foods (linked above) had the lowest price at $2.79, but 23rd/Clement had the biggest crabs (at $2.99).

                                                                                              With all the complaints about how disastrous the season was this year, I wonder about the sudden glut of crab at prices as low as they've been in the past three years or so. Has the economy thinned out the market that much, or did it the fishernen suddenly find fertile grounds (just before the North Coast season opened)?

                                                                                              1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                                                nicedragonboy Dec 4, 2008 07:54 PM

                                                                                                I'm pretty curious about this too. what's the sudden change. and i'm particularly miffed since i just paid $5.39 a pound just last weekend. oh well...guess i'll have to have another crab boil this weekend.

                                                                                                1. re: nicedragonboy
                                                                                                  DezzerSF Dec 4, 2008 08:43 PM

                                                                                                  I'm thinking they weren't selling much at $6.99 and are trying to get rid of them. How long can crabs live in the tank?

                                                                                                  1. re: DezzerSF
                                                                                                    Xiao Yang Dec 4, 2008 09:38 PM

                                                                                                    The places in Chinatown selling them at $2.79 or $2.89 didn't have them at all until the last couple of days, that I could see. They wouldn't even attempt to sell them at $6.99

                                                                                                    There's a "gloom and doom" article published as late as yestereday about how terrible the season is, but it contained this interesting qualifier:

                                                                                                    "We're hoping that things are just a little late in developing," MacLean said. "Last year it seemed like things showed up a little later. We're hoping same thing happens here."


                                                                                                2. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                                                  ML8000 Dec 4, 2008 08:43 PM

                                                                                                  I can only guess but the season must be better then they thought...and/or they were holding things up for Thanksgiving, a high mark up time. Or perhaps it's partly the economy and lower fuel costs? It's all a guess. It will be interesting to see the prices over Xmas and New Years...which leads me to believe, best to eat them now while they're cheap and plentiful. Might be all over by the middle of Jan.

                                                                                                  1. re: ML8000
                                                                                                    Krazy Krabs Jan 16, 2009 01:12 AM

                                                                                                    The commercial season in NorCal opened Dec 1st...something like 95% of California's crab harvest is landed in Crescent City. The market was flooded. Boats start pulling pots at midnight on the 1st, first truckloads of crab start heading out by noon. Crab can live in a tank for weeks as long as the water stays clean and well aerated. But you are right, cheap crab won't last long. The biggest boats drop hundreds of pots, fish nonstop between storms, then quit after about 6 weeks when the catch starts to decrease. Costs too much to run those big boats and pay the crew. Smaller boats keep fishing until July or whenever the crab decide to start molting, but as supply drops the price jumps up.

                                                                                                3. re: ML8000
                                                                                                  rworange Dec 7, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                                  They were $2.99 at the Lucky in Napa today too. There was a guy standing on the corner waving a sign.

                                                                                                  Well, at the high end of prices they were $8.99 at Kanaloa Seafood Market in Oxbow Market. The crabs were a little over two pounds. However, they were the best, livliest crabs I have ever seen. It looked more like an aquarium in that tank. Stunning looking crabs, even the shells looked beautiful. If I had not just eaten I would have bought one. They willl cook them if you like.

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                                                                                                  mochimunchie Dec 4, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                                                                  San Leandro Costco today $3.99 cooked. I got a 2#. Haven't tasted it yet. Seafood guy said they came in today.

                                                                                                  1. baron45 Dec 3, 2008 08:45 PM

                                                                                                    $3.29/lb at Foster City 99 Ranch today. Some were jumpy while others were not. One "live" one in the tank had 4 of his left legs missing.

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                                                                                                      CYL Dec 3, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                                                                      Crab prices are coming down like oil!

                                                                                                      $4.99/lb at 99Ranch, Mountain View ,Tues 12/3

                                                                                                      $2.99 at 99Ranch, Cupertino, Wed 12/3.

                                                                                                      I spoke to the nice lady behind the counrter to get me a lively one with all appendages attached and big in size. She most kindly and graciously responded. accordingly

                                                                                                      99 Ranches are independently owned. Mountain View prices have been noted to be higher than Cupertino or Milpitas.

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                                                                                                        CYL Dec 3, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                                        Opps! Correction, yesterday was Tues, 12/2.

                                                                                                      2. Xiao Yang Dec 2, 2008 06:12 PM

                                                                                                        Local Dungeness were $2.79/lb. today at Liang's Food, 1145 Stockton St. in Chinatown. They were live and lively, and going fast at 2:30 in the afternoon. They have a little hanging sign that says "Local Crab" which they put out when they have them.

                                                                                                        If the name doesn't sound familiar, the shop was New Sang Sang Market a year ago..


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                                                                                                        1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                                                          Melanie Wong Dec 2, 2008 06:25 PM


                                                                                                          Liang's Food
                                                                                                          1145 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                          1. re: Xiao Yang
                                                                                                            Melanie Wong Dec 7, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                                                                            I bought my first live crab of the season in SF chinatown today at Liang's after doing a quick spot check of prices along Stockton St. In the front of Liang's and a few other places, crabs were going for $2.79 and $2.99/lb, but those are small ones and often missing a leg or front claw. Inside and in the back of Liang's in the big tank, the crabs are $3.99/lb, but bigger. Mine was 2.45 lbs.

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                                                                                                            fishhead Dec 1, 2008 09:24 PM

                                                                                                            Andronicos has local, cooked dungeness crab this week for $3.99/lb.

                                                                                                            In past years it has been excellent.

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                                                                                                            1. re: fishhead
                                                                                                              nicedragonboy Dec 1, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                              I don't think i've ever bought cooked crab from a supermarket...do you eat it as is, or do you need to re-steam it or something?

                                                                                                              1. re: nicedragonboy
                                                                                                                pamf Dec 1, 2008 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                If you want to eat it straight from the shell (with a little lemon and butter, perhaps), then you can re-steam it very briefly, probably less than 5 min or it will get too watery, you just want to heat it up a bit.

                                                                                                                Or you can just pick the cold meat from the shells and use it an another preparation, such as crab cakes, on salad, etc.

                                                                                                                Had a lovely two-pounder last weekend, ate the leg and claw meat (re-heated) for one meal and saved the meat in the body to be picked out for crab cakes the next day. It provided two nice meals for two people.

                                                                                                                And, on topic, I did pay $9.99/lb at Lunardi's for the cooked crab. That is higher than the other posts, but I trust trust their quality. Also, they crack it for you at no extra charge, which was convenient for me at the time. I am hoping that as the season progresses the price will come down a little.

                                                                                                                1. re: nicedragonboy
                                                                                                                  anyhow Dec 1, 2008 10:39 PM

                                                                                                                  I like the absolutely simplest way -- I pick the meat out of claws, legs and body and squeeze fresh lemon onto the cracked cold crab.

                                                                                                                  I do enjoy this with cold beer, but that's a separate issue. Hope you enjoy any way you try.

                                                                                                                  1. re: nicedragonboy
                                                                                                                    fishhead Dec 1, 2008 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                    I usually eat it cold, unadorned.

                                                                                                                    Sometimes, I'll dip it in champagne vinegar that has shredded ginger or minced shallot in it. The sweetness of the crab fat pairs well with the tang of the vinegar and ginger. It's kind of like the effect you get eating a xiao long bao with vinegar and ginger.

                                                                                                                2. anyhow Dec 1, 2008 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                  Andronico's Weekly Specials, Dec. 1-7, 2008, include "fresh local Dungeness Crab @ $3.99/lb. with cracking and cleaning at no extra. That is $4 off their regular price. I just bought a small one in Palo Alto (1.6#) and it's perfect.


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                                                                                                                    Glencora Dec 1, 2008 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                    Good to know. Thanks!

                                                                                                                    1. re: anyhow
                                                                                                                      ML8000 Dec 1, 2008 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Thanks, that is a good price.

                                                                                                                      FYI: Berkeley Bowl cooked, not cracked - $6.99.

                                                                                                                      1. re: anyhow
                                                                                                                        kc72 Dec 2, 2008 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                        The word local is in quotes in the ad -- wonder what the catch is?

                                                                                                                        Safeway is running the same promo Fri-Sun.

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                                                                                                                          Glencora Dec 3, 2008 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                          The Solano Safeway didn't have any today and the fish guy said they won't until next Tuesday. (And yet, they had an ad in yesterday's paper.) The Safeway on College doesn't even have a fish counter, so I doubt they have any either. Anyhow, I got one from Andronico's. Hope it's good!

                                                                                                                          1. re: kc72
                                                                                                                            jillyju Dec 3, 2008 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                            I doubt there is a "catch". Andronico's has a sale on local crab every year, as soon after the season begins as they are able to get them in large quantities. Although I prefer buying crabs live, I have bought crab from them at this time every year for at least the last 4 years and there hasn't been bad crab in the bunch.

                                                                                                                            1. re: jillyju
                                                                                                                              wolfe Dec 3, 2008 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                              I agree Jj. Presently eating today's 2 1/4 pounder, sweet, firm delicious.

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                                                                                                                                jillyju Dec 3, 2008 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                Inspired by this little thread, I just finished eating a crab purchased earlier this evening at Andronico's on Telegraph. It was eyerollingly delicious. I don't know if it was the fact that it my first of the season, but my gawd...

                                                                                                                                1. re: jillyju
                                                                                                                                  Glencora Dec 3, 2008 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                  The crab from the University Andronico's was also great. Reminds me that I've had some really bland crab in the past. This was so good I ate it plain.

                                                                                                                                  Wolfe -- if you can pick crab meat and type at the same time, you are more coordinated than I.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glencora
                                                                                                                                    wolfe Dec 3, 2008 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    Mise en place, shelled crab in bowl, thumb and forefinger left hand, index finger right hand.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: jillyju
                                                                                                                                    Sarah Dec 3, 2008 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                    We got two from their San Anselmo store today -- excellent for supermarket crab! It was our first as well, and we were impressed.

                                                                                                                              2. re: anyhow
                                                                                                                                artemis Dec 4, 2008 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                i bought two in palo alto yesterday and they were fantastic. also, well cracked. enough cracking to open almost exclusively with nimble fingers and a chopstick, but not so cracked that bits of shell got everywhere.

                                                                                                                                1. re: anyhow
                                                                                                                                  cvhound Dec 4, 2008 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                  I had the day off from work today so inspired by this thread, I made the trek from Castro Valley to the Andronico's on Telegraph in Berkeley. I just got back with 5 cooked, cleaned, cracked crabs for $38.

                                                                                                                                  The Seafood Manager said they were caught and cooked (by the fisherman?) yesterday. When I asked if he had any crabs that arrived and were cooked today, he said the crab are shipped to the stores the day after they're cooked. This sounded odd to me, but I didn't want to take any more of his time, as there were a line of people waiting to purchase crabs at the seafood counter.

                                                                                                                                  We're eating them tomorrow as we have dinner reservations at Zuni tonight, but he said they'd be fine for a couple of days in the fridge. Hopefully ours will taste as good as everyone else's!

                                                                                                                                2. nicedragonboy Nov 29, 2008 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                  ...addendum: Lobster prices were pretty reasonable also at $6.99/lb.

                                                                                                                                  1. nicedragonboy Nov 29, 2008 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                    Went to Lucky Seafood in Oakland on E 12th St & 12th Ave...going for about $5.39/lb I believe. I picked up 5 of them, they were about 2-2.5lbs each for the most part, though one was at least a 3 pounder. I found them to be very good, sweet, lots of meat. I was surprised to not see long lines there considering the other prices listed above.

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                                                                                                                                      ML8000 Nov 27, 2008 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                      $5.99/lb at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown today. 2-lb'ers. Pleasantly surprised. Quite lively and they had two full tanks. Not too busy either.

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                                                                                                                                        theSauce Nov 27, 2008 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                        I got two from the tanks, however they did not taste good at all. They were big, but the meat was not sweet and one claw was missing. I should have asked the person to show me the crab first.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: theSauce
                                                                                                                                          ML8000 Nov 27, 2008 11:11 PM

                                                                                                                                          Sorry to hear that. I got three and they were all very good, sweet, subtle, about 2 lbs each. They were very tasty. I could have gorged myself on them...and if the prices drop, I might have to.

                                                                                                                                          Any way, when I went by on Tuesday (and didn't buy) I asked which were from SF Bay and from WA. The guy pointed to the smaller and lighter (in color) for SF and the larger, darker ones for WA. I got the small ones today.

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                                                                                                                                        theSauce Nov 26, 2008 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                        It's a little late, but Costco had cooked crab for $5.99 per lb. $6.99 per lb. at 99 ranch in Dublin. I wouldn't be surprised if the crabs and lobster go up a $1 per lb. on TG day.

                                                                                                                                        1. Glencora Nov 26, 2008 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                          El Cerrito Lucky had previously frozen crab for 6.99/lb. Really not-lively. I need to look at Tokyo market soon. Has anyone else been lately?

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                                                                                                                                            kc72 Nov 26, 2008 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                            Richmond Ranch 99 $7+/lb -- empty tanks this morning

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                                                                                                                                              wolfe Nov 26, 2008 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                              The lobster was only $7.99/lb.

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                                                                                                                                                wolfe Dec 5, 2008 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                Richmond Ranch 99 lobster now $6.99.

                                                                                                                                            2. little big al Nov 26, 2008 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                              Alioto-Lazio at Fisherman's Wharf has free parking (for two or three cars) and fresh and lively crab for $5.50 a lb. My last one was 3 lbs, and made the best crab dish La Principessa says she ever ate.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: little big al
                                                                                                                                                cvhound Nov 26, 2008 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                That sounds like a great deal. Was that the price for live crab or cooked (steamed) crab? Also, where is the free parking?

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                                                                                                                                                  little big al Nov 27, 2008 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                  That's the live price. I almost always buy live as I find it difficult otherwise to judge their "liveliness". The parking is right outside the front door and is absolutely for use only while shopping. P.S. Last night's crab 2 lbs. 12 oz.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: little big al
                                                                                                                                                    cvhound Nov 27, 2008 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the parking tip, Al! We're planning to take a bunch of crabs down to Southern California for Christmas dinner (my entire family are huge crab fiends) and will definitely keep this place in mind.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cvhound
                                                                                                                                                      little big al Nov 27, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Keep in mind that they close early(2pm weekdays and noon Saturdays I think) and it is strongly recommended (no, essential) that you reserve days (or weeks) in advance.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: little big al
                                                                                                                                                        cvhound Nov 27, 2008 11:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Al, thanks so much for sharing these additional tips! This info will come in very handy for when we have to buy our crabs for Christmas dinner. Thanks again!!!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cvhound
                                                                                                                                                          rworange Nov 27, 2008 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Today all the crabs at Fisherman's Wharf including Alioto-Lazio were $10.99 lb. Where did you see live crabs there? There were only dead ones on ice from what I could see.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rworange
                                                                                                                                                            little big al Nov 28, 2008 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Dear rworange; Since Alioto-Lazio was closed yesterday and you didn't see the numerous and unmissable tanks (usually) full of crab, I suspect you may have made the understandable error of confusing Alioto's #9 Resaurant with Alioto-Lazio fish company (a completely separate entity/corporation) which is located at 440 Jefferson St.(next door to Coast Industrial Supply, one of the last useful stores on the wharf). My apologies for my failure to link, which I seem to recall you are quite good at. Try again later. Maybe today.

                                                                                                                                                            440 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                                                                2. re: little big al
                                                                                                                                                  sydthekyd Nov 26, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                  What was the "best crab dish ever" you made?

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                                                                                                                                                    little big al Nov 26, 2008 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Lightly saute body meat, claw meat and fat in butter, lemon juice, and Italian parsley, toss with thin spaghetti and top with toasted buttered bread crumbs. I take no credit for the "bestness" of this recipe; I blame the crab entirely.

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                                                                                                                                                  wally Nov 25, 2008 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I bought mine from Monterey Fish on Hopkins for $6.99. It worked.

                                                                                                                                                  1. DezzerSF Nov 25, 2008 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                    $6.49/lb at Cupertino Marina Foods, no origin specified & lifeless. Pretty depressing, they even had a pile of dead ones.

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                                                                                                                                                      lihsiawang Nov 25, 2008 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                      6.99/lb at lucky seafood, 8th st in Chinatown Oakland, lively and fat.


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                                                                                                                                                        ML8000 Nov 25, 2008 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                        $6.99 was the going rate in Oakland Chinatown. I think it was Lucky, the young guy was trying to get me to buy some today saying the price would go up tomorrow. I'll just wait until Thursday.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Civil Bear Nov 25, 2008 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                        G&G Super in Petaluma has them for $4.99/lb caught local from their own boats out of Bodega Bay. The Santa Rosa location sold out this morning,

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Civil Bear
                                                                                                                                                          mmerino Dec 10, 2008 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Bodega Bay update. I tried to do my traditional crab fishing trip with Wills this weekend but the sisters who sold & owned it have moved on to Florida and Oregon. Captain Les has taken over part of the space/business and now its called 'Fish On.' When I spoke with Les he told me that he had already pulled all his gear in because the catch had been so pitiful. Sad but I guess every season is different.
                                                                                                                                                          Spuds had local crab bought from a combination of fishermen, cooked for 6.99. These had some missing legs & weren't gorgeous. The owner usually buys her catch from her son who is a careful fisherman & his crabs are perfect. He wasn't due back in till after I left so I missed out on the really good ones. These were great warmed over the campfire, no plates, shells tossed right into the flames. Not as great as catching them yourself though. The chowder was out of this world, also warmed over the fire in a tea kettle-Yummy times.
                                                                                                                                                          There were two other vendors selling Live crabs. I didn't catch their price. Live isn't the best bet camping so I didn't bother with the messy fuss. One place is when you first roll into town, bay side of the highway and the other was a private residence on your way to Spud Point/Bodega Head on the right.

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                                                                                                                                                          peppatty Nov 25, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                          $7.99 lb at Mollie Stones local, cooked. I remember walking through chinatown as a child with boxes of lively crab in front of the fish markets. I wonder what the prices are in Chinatown, and if there are many crabs at all?

                                                                                                                                                          1. grishnackh Nov 24, 2008 09:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                            $8.99/lb at Whole Foods Potrero.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Eugene Park Nov 24, 2008 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              $6.99/lb at Foster City 99 Ranch this evening. Didn't ask the origin as crabs looked pretty lifeless.

                                                                                                                                                              Lobster was $7.99/lb and looked a lot livelier.

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