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99Ranch for Live crab

traveler4ever Jan 21, 2010 08:52 PM

typically i purchase live crab from pillar point, this time i cant make it to HMB, hows 99ranch for live crab? where else is recommended in SF or Daly City? will i notice a difference in freshness? also thinking about having them cook/clean them for me, is it worth it? saves me the mess from home, then i can butter em up,


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    kcchan RE: traveler4ever Jan 21, 2010 10:46 PM

    I've never had a problem with 99 ranch for live crab - I've always been able to get feisty crabs that with sweet meat. However, I've never had a crab from Pillar Point. But anyway, they won't cook it for you. Not sure about cleaning.

    1. wolfe RE: traveler4ever Jan 22, 2010 07:25 AM

      My Ranch 99,Richmond, doesn't cook but will clean and crack for you when not overwhelmed.

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        adrienne156 RE: wolfe Jan 22, 2010 10:44 AM

        I've asked them to clean and crack when the line has been 20 deep and they obliged me with a smile. Nice guys at the Richmond Ranch 99 and amazingly fast.

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          Sarah RE: wolfe Jan 22, 2010 08:33 PM

          You mean they clean and crack a live crab?? Then you take it home and cook it??

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            kc72 RE: Sarah Jan 22, 2010 08:35 PM


        2. tvr172 RE: traveler4ever Jan 22, 2010 06:45 PM

          The 99Ranch in Foster City would steam it for you.

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            traveler4ever RE: tvr172 Jan 22, 2010 08:49 PM

            is it fresh? the guy said theyve been in the tank a few days, i assume theyre pumping water through the tank, hoping they dont taste fishy

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