Best bang for the buck crab
I will be in SF for tonight and tom and wanted to know where to find crab for the best bang for the buck. I'm on a very tight budget and wanted to experience the culinary delight of the city. If seafood on a budget does not mix, then can someone recommend a good place with good food without off the wall prices? Thank you in advance!
The Hungry Crab Wayfarer
Bottomline cheapest...go to a grocery store and buy a fresh cooked one.
Restaurant-wise...probably PPQ Dungeness...but you'll need another person or 2. Their crab special is garlic noodles, beef dish, spring rolls, 1 crab and dessert for $40-ish (could have gone up a bit). If you order a 2nd crab there's usually enough food for 4 people to be stuffed.
Whole Foods and Andronicos will have dungeness. At Whole Foods, have them crack the crab for you, grab a loaf of good bread, "borrow" or buy a few pats of butter in a microwave-safe container from the hot food area, same with some lemon wedges. Nuke the butter in the microwave by the hot food station, and take your treasure to one of the tables in front of the cash registers to enjoy!
For a full crab dinner? Not cheap.
Go to the Tadich grill and get the crab cocktail and a bloody mary.
Then head over to Tommy's for cheapish mex and margaritas.
Cheapest is a Chinese restaurant, rather than a "seafood" place.
Go Go Cafe on Irving or Lee Hou on Clement, both recommended. Call before you hop a bus or streetcar out that way. (Hmm: note says Go Go closed, but I thought I'd walked by it recently.)
Closer to downtown, you could go to Golden Gate Seafood in the Ferry building and get less than a whole crab. Other option: go to Swan Oyster Depot for lunch (closes around 5) or later. If you don't want a half crab, get the seafood cocktail. Bring cash.
Woodhouse Fish also has a variety of not too expensive fresh crab preparations. The website says $11 half/$20 whole. You can get it in a lemon garlic wine sauce that's great. They also have a crab melt and roll.
Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Woodhouse Fish Company
2073 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Lee Hou Restaurant
332 Clement St, San Francisco, CA
Woodhouse Fish Company
1914 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA