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Sep 29, 2009 05:50 PM


I love calamari!
Best that I have experienced in the bay area so far would be Barbara's Fish Trap in HMB, or Sam's in Tiburon. Do any of you have recommendations for calamari spots that are a "must"?

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  1. The salt and pepper squid at both Yuet Lee and Heaven's Dog come to mind.

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    1. re: BernalKC

      I love the s&p squid at Heaven's Dog...I still need to try Yuet Lee's version.

      1. re: tvham

        Yuet Lee's food is not too bad. Haven't tried their squid yet. Their service is not very good. Do watch for rude waitresses , I 've seen that happened a couple of times to some customers.

        1. re: MaryD

          Here are a few observations on Yuet Lee service. Check the first few posts.

    2. The grilled calamari with white beans at Delfina is outstanding.

        1. re: wolfe

          If you guys are interested in catching your own calamari, there is no limit on how many Humboldt Squid you can keep. Check out the video from the Huli Cat out of Pillar Pt Harbor. You can stock your freezer with this stuff. I think deep frying is the best method for cooking this type of squid. The captain and deckhand said they take their catch to Princeton Seafood at the harbor and pay them a fee to cook it. Each of these squid weigh 25-50 pounds with some hitting 70. The edible part weighs about 7-10 pounds and is about the size of a door mat.

        2. Joe's of Westlake. They deep fry the calimari and then saute them in marinara. Outstanding!

          Joe's of Westlake
          11 Glenwood Ave, Daly City, CA 94015

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          1. re: Civil Bear

            Calamari a la Joe's! Served with a side of Tartar sauce as well. Every time I'm at Joe's of Westlake, I will order Calamari a la Joe's.

          2. I had excellent fried calamari at Duarte's in Pescadero many years ago.

            This past Friday night, I had very good fried calamari at Tommaso's (San Fran). The portion ($14.00) is large (easily enough for 2 people to share) and served with a cup of their warm marinara sauce and a sliced lemon. The calamari was not greasy at all.

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            1. re: DavidT

              A second on the calamari at Duarte's. A lot of fried items at Duarte's is only okay but the calamari is very good.