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Who has the best crab preparation?

With crab season upon us, who does it best?

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  1. Tadich Grill (SF) has a very good crab cioppino.

    There was a recent thread on the crab dishes at the R&G Lounge (SF):


    1. Haven't been in awhile but Yuet Lee has a good prep. Also might try Duarte's for cioppino in Pescadero. Other then that, crabs are so easy to steam I just do that...and they're cheap right now (between $3-4 /lb).

      1. Anchor Oyster Bar does a phenomenal crab cake, but I believe that crab is from Maryland (they do however offer cracked local dungeness crab when in season and while I haven't had it, I have no reason to believe it'd be anything less than stellar there).

        1. Best prep is no prep other than cooking, cracking and eating with a dip, either butter, mayo, louie some lemon, sourdough and a nice white wine. Try Swan, Anchor, Tadich or Sam's

            1. re: OldTimer

              Is that what they have to do to those scrawny Chesapeake Bay blues to make them taste good?

              1. re: wolfe

                Or add old bay seasoning. I was once hanging with some friends, including some East Coasters, and someone pulled out some old bay and there was a friendly ruckus. The good old internet solved the problem..no seasoing for Dungeness crab. Good crab is like a good steak, if it's really good it doesn't need anything.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Having grown up on the Chesapeake, I can assure you those crabs aren't "scrawny"...they will tear a Dungeness to pieces, after they have torn off your finger. I love Dungeness, and agree blue crab is just too much trouble. We often have Dungeness a la Norfolk. It has a certain "purity" to it. Still hard to beat crab, mayo, sour bread and Chardonnay.

              2. I'm hoping for some asian suggestions other than than long/crustacean

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                  1. re: PeterL

                    And what preperation would be the best there Peter?

                    1. re: mikeylikesit

                      Salt and pepper is, I understand, what they're best known for, but personally I prefer the classic Cantonese ginger and scallion.

                      1. re: PegS

                        As posted above, here is a link to a thread on the crab dishes at R&G Lounge:


                    1. re: mikeylikesit

                      Salt & Pepper crab at PPQ Dungeness Island and the crispy garlic crab at Spices II.

                      1. re: mikeylikesit

                        best Chinese style dungeness we've had this season was the South Sea Seafood Village's house version of chili crab (only mildly spiced, with a delicate egg white thickened sauce). the restaurant is on Irving near 14th in the SF Sunset district. more aggressively spiced, and also excellent is the chef's special spicy crab with doufu at China Village on Solano Ave. (east bay).

                      2. on a cold nite try curry crab at r&g or yeut lee yummmmm

                        1. Links:

                          Tadich Grill
                          240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                          R & G Lounge
                          631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

                          Yuet Lee Seafood
                          1300 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                          Duarte's Tavern
                          202 Stage Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060

                          Swan Oyster Depot
                          1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                          Anchor Oyster Bar
                          579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                          1. re: Theresa OConnor

                            Thanks for linking. Here's the link for Sam's grill. Sam's on broadway is a pizza and burger spot.

                            Sam's Grill & Sea Food Restaurant
                            374 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104

                          2. As a change of pace, I had a wonderful Dungeness Crab flan at the Village Pub in Woodside. It was a crabby custard topped with some crab pieces and caviar. It made for a great appetizer!


                            Village Pub
                            2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

                            1. Try Yum's Bistro in Fremont, arguably the best Cantonese in the whole Bay Area, provided that you stick with the crab or lobster dishes, maybe even some of the white board specials stuff


                              Chef Yum offers upwards of 10 different preparations of crab (and lobster), plus 2 other off menu preps.