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May 26, 2010 12:14 PM

My 90-year old visitor seeks great crab meal

For what will probably be her last visit to the Bay Area, my relative is eager to have a great crab meal -- either in the East Bay or SF.

Any suggestions? Especially helpful is a place that isn't off the charts noisy as she uses hearing aids.


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  1. Plain or fancy? Hot or cold? Example Louie or split with mayo(Tadich) or stir fried like Salt & Pepper Dungeness Crab at R&G. A booth at Tadich or Sam's might cut down on the noise.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Good questions:
      I'm thinking either hot or cold. either way, very fresh crab and clean tasting.
      Not Asian.
      Tadich or Sam's are probably perfect options for SF.
      Any East Bay thoughts?

      1. re: escargot3

        Only the S's, Spenger's, Scott's and Sea Salt. Check their menus. Of the 3 I think Scott's off hours for quiet, a nice view, simple prep and very good bread.

        Sea Salt
        2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

        1. re: wolfe

          Actually, Sea Salt only has crab cakes on the menu. In the same "family," T-Rex has a great crab salad. It can get noisy there, though.

          Sea Salt
          2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

        2. re: escargot3

          While you have your mind set on Tadich or Sam's, for someone who is 90 there more likely than not is some mobility problem. Tadich you might have to wait in line. At both places you will probably need to drop her off in front and retrive the car on the way back.

          I'd suggest Scoma's. They have at the door valet parking so it is a real easy in and out. You have the nice view ... or at least nicer than Tadich's or Sam's. And though it is pricey, the thing Scoma's does well is fish, so she would get a great crab.

          1. re: rworange

            Also, if you're going in the next few weeks, you can get the Dine About Town special which has featured crab in the past

            1. re: rworange

              My last experience at Sam's was so bad I don't think I'll ever return but I do love Tadich. Since T. does not close between lunch and dinner, this in between time is a great time to be there, quiet, no waiting. If you want to go later, you can have street parking at 6pm, most get there about 10 minutes to 6 and wait it out. I know at 6pm early in the week, there is no wait.

        3. Thanks folks.

          My heart's not set on any particular spot. I'm very much appreciative of all the thoughts and suggestions from the hounders.
          We're having our guest this weekend. Scoma's is a nice addition to the list -- for all the reasons you astutely noted. My plan is to give her a few options to pick from.


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          1. re: escargot3

            I just took my husband and parents to Nettie's Crab Shack in the Marina. It's fabulous! There is a crab dinner for $40 which comes with a whole dungeness crab (steamed or grilled), two fabulous sides and whoopie pies for dessert. The restaurant is bright and clean, and the service was fabulous. I highly recommend it for a proper crab dinner. Tadich is a favorite too, but perhaps not specifically for crab- the ciopinno is excellent though. Scomas, IMO is VERY expensive for the quality. Also, you can make reservations at Netties.

            Tadich Grill
            240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            Nettie's Crab Shack
            2032 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

            1. re: jdinsf

              sounds great. thanks for posting.

          2. Too bad Hayes Street Grill doesn't serve crab often. I know they do crab cakes but I don't think they serve it a lot or out of CA season. If it did, it would be the perfect place to take a 90 y.o. relative.

            Hayes Street Grill
            324 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            1. re: ML8000

              that's right. it would be kinda perfect location.

              i see it's on the menu! but i'll phone in and see if they're serving it this weekend. Thanks.