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Dungeness Crab Prices '10

Now that the crabs are hitting the stores what prices are you seeing? Safeway in Benicia has them for $7.99/pound. Whole Foods in WC said they won't have them until the weekend due to a dispute with the company that cooks their crab but I assume it will be higher the Safeway.

Anyone else get a look at the prices?

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  1. DH just called from Country Square Market near Buchanan Airport in Concord. The live crab was just being delivered: $3.69 per pound -- Yum!

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    Country Square Market
    510 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA

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        1. re: PeterL

          Not at Richmond 99. Sign said north as far as Canada.

    1. My favorite (cheapest) place to get live crab was DS Market in SSF. Sadly, they've closed down. Any suggestions for a cheap place?

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      1. re: gourmetwannabe

        Sounds like these are west coast posts. I'm in NYC...specifically Queens. We get live dungeness crabs all year round, usually for $5.99/lb....but only in the Asian markets. (Non-Asian markets just have pre-cooked crabs, usually at higher prices.) These crabs are typically about 1-1.5 lbs. I do have a favorite market though that gets larger crabs, and grades them by size. The 2.5-2.75 lb crabs I usually get cost a bit more, usually $7.99/lb.

        1. re: EricMM

          You can get Dungeness crab all year long in the Bay Area...but from WA or AK. I got some in Sept for $3.99/lb.

          The deal here, right now, is the local season just opened...and the prices should drop. Last year during a so-so year the bottom end was $2.99/lb and a few $1.99/lb special...AND they're fresh (instead of 1-2 weeks in a boat or plane) and large. So it's $7.99 vs. $2.99 and fresh.

      2. No crabs anywhere in Oakland Chinatown

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        1. re: PorkButt

          I read in the Chron that local crabs will be in market tomorrow (Thurs).

        2. Just did the cruise through Oakland Chinatown. A consistent $2.99 a pound at all the places I checked (except Orient Market, who wanted $3.39). The crabs looked good-sized and lively and there were a lot of people buying.

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          1. re: jan_b

            Yup, $2.99 at Lucky Seafood. By the time I got there at 3-ish, the tanks were empty except for a few. I think this weekend is going to nuts.

            1. re: ML8000

              I went there this morning and they had two full tanks. The one I got was 2.75 lbs and lively.

          2. $2.99 at Koreana Market in Oakland