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Dec 24, 2011 09:41 AM

Jan 2012- Dungeness Crab (at a restaurant)


I didn't see any recent threads after some preliminary searching, so I apologize if this is a re-tread.

Every January I come to SF, and it's crab season. I never manage to get any, and I always regret it- so this year, I'm making it a priority.

I'm looking for a simple preparation that showcases the crab- and while Swan Oyster Depot would be a definite possibilty, I need something for a Saturday dinner.

We are staying near Union Square, no car, but can cab it for crab.

So what are your favorite crab dishes in town? Thanks!

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  1. You can cab or trolly it up Market Street to Woodhouse. It is not a typical destination for visitors due to its New England slant, but they do straight-up west coast versions of seafood as well, including Dungeness Crab.

    Woodhouse Fish Company
    2073 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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    1. re: Civil Bear

      Thanks CB- that hadn't come up in my searches, and it's a very straightforward menu, which is nice- I want all those things. I see that there are 2, the other on Fillmore. Do you have a preference? Or were you kindly considering my location and ease of travel? Funny that the corkage for the Market St. location is $12, and the Fillmore location $13.

      1. re: caviar_and_chitlins

        the Market St location is better. from union square you can take the F-market street car straight down market. It's a smaller place and can get crowded but is worth it.

        1. re: caviar_and_chitlins

          Fillmore Street has a bigger menu. But I tend to go to Market Street too. The crab in white wine sauce is very good, as is the (out of season but delicious) strawberry shortcake.

      2. Absinthe's current online dinner menu shows to sizes of chilled Dungeness crab for $16 and $30--also on the lunch menu.

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        1. re: bobpantzer

          Absinthe looks beautiful, and lots of options for my dinner companions that might not share my crabby obsession! I'm probably going to hit up R&D for the salt and pepper crab as well, but that's going to be another day. Thank you, bobpantzer.

          1. re: caviar_and_chitlins

            I'm going there for lunch next week and plan to have their delicious French onion soup and the half crab. Yum!

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          1. Caffe Sport in North Beach is a possibility.

            1. Two East Bay places not too far from BART come to mind. Southie makes a crab roll with a decent amount of crab served over a celery root slaw. Ippuku has a crab croquette which is unbelievably good--- creamy, crunchy, and crabby. They have it in the off season as well, but I was told that they're using fresh dungeness right now.