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Jun 23, 2009 11:43 AM

jumbo blue crab in SF?

hi there - i moved here from the east coast a year ago and have been wondering if there is a fish monger that ever gets fresh jumbo blue crab in SF? the only thing blue crab i can find out here is canned!


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  1. Chinese markets are your best bet to find live blue crab.
    Manila Oriental Market carries them.

    Manila Oriental Market
    4175 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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    1. re: bong

      This is the SF Bay Area and Dungeness crab is king here. Any Blue Crab you get here will be flown in and not as fresh as what you got living back east.

      I sure do miss Maryland crab cakes!

    2. 99Ranch and the Seafood City stores sometimes have live blue crabs, but they are the Asian blue swimmer crabs - similar, but not the same species as the beautiful swimmers of the US East Coast.

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      1. re: jimtak

        you are right, blue swimmer just doesn't hit the mark. thanks for your help everyone! guess i'll have to get my fill of jumbo blues when i fly home. :(

      2. Sometimes, this time of year, you can find soft shell crabs (expensive). Hopefully live and kicking. Some Chinese markets carry blue crabs, but be sure they are alive.

        1. Short answer is enjoy the dungeness here, and fly back for blue. Dungeness can be very sweet and tasty - find a place that has fresh steamed, uncracked, and get a half crab. Crack and eat yourself - forget the cakes and vietnamese purses. I've even had good ones from the fisherman's wharf sidewalk sellers; andronico's has done me right a few times.

          This coming from a guy who has pulled his share out of the chester river.

          1. Yesterday, the fish market at Rockridge Market Hall in Oakland had blue crab for $4 each. Don't know what size they were. They thought the price would go down later in the season. I know this isn't SF, but depending on where you are in SF might be just as easy to hit Rockridge.

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            1. re: PegS

              We are from the midwest also. Found the Marriot Hotel to have good Maryland crab cakes. thats if you are willing to go out for it.

              1. re: PegS

                $4 for one hard shell blue crab? Good lord! They must have flown business class.