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Dec 28, 2011 12:29 PM

Where to Buy Live Dungeness in Marin?

Where is the best (read cheapest, but still good) place to buy live dungeness crabs in Marin county? Or should I just go to 99 Ranch is Richmond? Thanks in advance...

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  1. Which end of Marin? From Novato I would go to the G&G in Petaluma. From Mill Valley I would cross the GGB to Clement Street. From San Rafael perhaps the Ranch 99 in Richmond would be the ticket. Also out of San Rafeal there is Western Boat & Tackle if you don't mind paying $6.49/lb.

    Western Boat & Tackle
    101 3rd St, San Rafael, CA

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    1. re: Civil Bear

      You are right, Mr. Bear, I should have been more specific. I was interested in a place near San Rafael but from what you said, I might go for Ranch 99. $6.49 is what you have to pay on one of those Eves or Days (Christmas or New Years) but on a regular day, I'm looking for under $4. Thanks for the advice!

      1. re: jan_b

        The benefit of going to Western Boat and Tackle is that you are buying the crab right off the boat and getting the least handled, shortest time stored crab. And personally, I am in favor of supporting our local fishermen and the local businesses that serve them (and us). I shop at 99 Ranch frequently and have purchased crab there in the past--but who knows how long it has been out of the ocean and how many hands it has gone through before being put into their tanks. I have thought the crab from the locals were much better in taste and texture but perhaps it is my bias affecting my taste buds. Kind of like the placebo effect only for flavor.

        1. re: alfairfax

          Very true! I didn't realize that their crabs were right off the boat! I have certainly gotten cheaper crabs at the Chinese grocery stores that seem to have been around a little too long. I have never gotten them off the boat. I think I'll give them a try. It is really worth supporting the locals and not driving the extra miles. (Of course, I've also gotten lucky and gotten some very fresh and delicious crabs at the Chinese grocery stores, which is what keeps me going back.)

          1. re: alfairfax

            Still, $6.50/lb is awfully steep, particularly when there is no middleman involved. And at that price there is no guarantee the crabs are going from boat to table any quicker.

            The middle ground might be to go to G&G in Petaluma, as they too have there own crab boats and so you would still be supporting your local businesses and fishermen.

            G & G Supermarket
            701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy # E1, Petaluma, CA