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Where to get my crab fix this Thanksgiving weekend?

As a native San Franciscan who has been exiled to New York for the past 20+ years, one of the things I miss most is the Dungeness Crab! I still visit San Francisco fo the holidays every year...and I make sure to get my fill of crab whenever I am in town.

In the past, this has almost always consisted of making a run to the harbor in Half Moon Bay (or the Asian markets in Daly City) to buy several live crab and cooking up a homestyle crab-feed with plenty drawn butter, sourdough and wine...or making a kick-butt crab and shrimp gumbo.

Unfortuantely, this year I will be staying at a hotel.....so I wont have access to a kitchen....and none of the relatives are able to host a crab-feed while I am in town. Which means I will have to get my fix at a restaurant this year. However, despite being born in San Francisco, I am completely ignorant of where to get good crab (at a fair price) at a restaurant.

So, please help me find the right restaurant to get my fill of wonderful Dungeness Crab while I am in town next week. I am not too picky re: style.....anything from straight foward steamed crab...to the various asian styles (none of which I have tried)...to whatever styles I don't even know exist.....as long it it tastes excelent.

Thanks!!!!!

p.s. I know good crab at a restaurant isn't cheap....but my budget isn't unlimited,,,,,I certainly want to try to keep the meal for an appetizer, crab, side dish (if crab is a la carte) and cocktails/wine below $100pp. So it would be very helpful if you could give me a ball park idea of what a whole crab will cost at each reccomendation........thanks again!!!!
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The San Franciscan
1525 North Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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  1. If you've never had an Asian-style crab you really should! Salt and pepper crab at R&G Lounge or Great Eastern would be my choice, and won't break the bank.

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    Great Eastern Restaurant
    649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. Yuet Lee might be wroth a look.

      I had the salt and pepper crab at R&G during the summer and it was excellent.

      Also, Andronico's, Lucky Supermarket and I think 99 Ranch (and probably more) cook crab on site at the peak of the season. Might be worth a picnic or bringing it back the hotel for a snack.

        1. re: hill food

          but it's closed on the weekend proper come to think of it.

          1. re: hill food

            Swan closes about 5:30 pm and is open Saturdays but closed on Sundays.

            I was in today and they said crab is not yet available -- crab guys have been holding out for a better price or something. They said to call tomorrow, Wednesday, to see if they have some. I guess they think it's coming very soon.

            1. re: walker

              I think it's pretty hard to beat what you'd get right now at Swan Oyster Depot, especially if you want a no frills preparation of good quality Dungeness crab.

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

        2. I drove by Ceasar's (Bay & Powell Streets) and saw a sign saying they are serving crab cioppino Tuesday thru Friday nights. If any one has been and can offer an opinion, it would be appreciated.

          http://www.caesarssf.com/

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          1. re: DavidT

            I think Caesar's is the kind of place where you can eat pretty well (especially for the price) or badly depending on what you order:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6074...

          2. Thanks for all the tips so far.....I'm getting hungry already!

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            1. re: misterf

              Woodhouse fish company has a whole steamed dungeness crab dish w/garlic, lemon, and white wine that is quite good. Swan's crab salad is always fresh, and they also have the steamed version w/ butter if that's what you want.

              For asian-style I like PPQ Dungeness in the Sunset, Thanh Long, and sometimes R & G, though I find their salt and pepper crab a bit oily.

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              Thanh Long
              4101 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

              1. re: fangsey

                Woodhouse is also a great deal. Today it's $9 for a big half a crab, $18 for whole.

                Usually I get the cold undressed crab with cocktail sauce, but was glad I tried the lemon, white wine, and garlic. Delicious broth, not overly buttery. Ask for bread.