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Dungeness Crab Prices 2012

pjamma Nov 13, 2012 09:47 AM

Time for the yearly thread! Who has crab and how much are they charging? Cooked and crack or live.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: pjamma Nov 13, 2012 10:44 AM

    Commercial season starts Thursday. The Chron reports today that prices may be higher than last year.


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      lrealml RE: pjamma Nov 17, 2012 12:22 PM

      Any sightings yet? I'm ready for some crab!

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        Glencora RE: lrealml Nov 17, 2012 01:07 PM

        Tokyo Fish Market (Berkeley): 6.99 live, 7.99 cooked. I didn't get any.

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        sydthekyd RE: pjamma Nov 17, 2012 01:29 PM

        $5.99 at Ranch 99 in El Cerrito/Richmond.

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          CYL RE: pjamma Nov 17, 2012 02:18 PM

          $6.00/lb, at 99Ranch in Mountain View. They do not look very big.

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            little big al RE: CYL Nov 17, 2012 02:25 PM

            Got two nice ones at Alioto-Lazio. 2lbs. 2 oz. each for a very reasonable $5.25 lb. Free parking in front of store. (Live price.) Yielded 1 lb. 6 oz. of meat.

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              wolfe RE: little big al Nov 17, 2012 02:49 PM

              32% yield, great picking.

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                baron45 RE: wolfe Nov 17, 2012 03:07 PM

                The hotline (Saturday 11/17) at Pillar Pt Harbor said the boats are in and selling live crab. No mention of price.

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                  kerokero RE: baron45 Nov 18, 2012 03:22 PM

                  I picked up two crabs from a boat at Pillar Pt. Harbor this past Thurs. (11/15) for $5/lb. Got there in the late afternoon so they were a little under 2lb each, but still decent meat/weight ratio, made for a good steamed crab dinner and leftovers into crab bisque.

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                  little big al RE: wolfe Nov 17, 2012 04:36 PM

                  Thanks Wolfe, but I can't take too much credit. "So round, so firm, so fully packed!"

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              ML8000 RE: pjamma Nov 17, 2012 04:24 PM

              $3.99/lb at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown. 1-2 lbers.

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                sfeater RE: ML8000 Nov 18, 2012 12:07 PM

                Also 3.99 at lucky seafood on east 12st, easier parking. Got a nice 2 pounder and the tank was packed.

              2. bbulkow RE: pjamma Nov 17, 2012 10:46 PM

                Niki's in Palo Alto, a new neighbohoodish Whole Foods-style place, but more intimate. Niki was there saying hi - shorter white hair'd fellow who looked northern italian / swiss / french - from the mountains around there. We went for the cheese selection, said to be Cheese Board quality, better than Whole Foods (by a lot!) but focused strongly on French and Italian - almost nothing from sonoma other than the ubiquitous Andante. Too much stored in plastic - I'd rather just ask them what's perfectly ripe.

                Crab was $6, or maybe $6.99, the staff was fairly clueless. Only one guy knew anything (he did the cracking and cleaning showing another guy how to do it, the others milled helplessly). Not enough sales there yet, the crab had a very fishy taste when we got home but still sweet and suculent.

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                  Melanie Wong RE: bbulkow Nov 17, 2012 11:09 PM


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                    bbulkow RE: Melanie Wong Nov 18, 2012 11:10 AM

                    Doh. Miki's.

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                  CYL RE: pjamma Nov 18, 2012 10:42 AM

                  $4.45/lb at Marina Foods in San Mateo. I got two at around 2 lbs each. I always ask to see the crab first, if possible, to make sure it has all the legs and for how lively the crab is. The second one wasn't active enough to suit me, so I told him to give me another, more lively guy. He complied begrudgingly so.

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                    lrealml RE: CYL Nov 23, 2012 11:28 AM

                    They are up to $4.99/lb at Maria now.
                    Got four big lively ones yesterday morning for thanksgiving. Very good (although a few missing legs on each).

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                    hyperbowler RE: pjamma Nov 18, 2012 03:26 PM

                    $4.99 at Koreana market in Oakland. Just picked up a 2 1/2 lb'er and a slightly smaller one

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                      Jim RE: hyperbowler Nov 18, 2012 04:25 PM

                      Andronicos in SF has crab at $7.99/lb. OUCH! Any less expensive sightings in SF besides the gougers at Andronicos and the fairly resonable Alioto-Lazio @ $5.25/lb.?

                    2. Melanie Wong RE: pjamma Nov 18, 2012 06:02 PM

                      New England Lobster Co. in Burlingame, $4.95/lb for live crabs from Half Moon Bay.

                      Santa Rosa Seafood Co had cooked, whole Dungeness for $4.75/lb at the Windsor farmers market this morning.

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                        moto RE: Melanie Wong Nov 18, 2012 06:20 PM

                        we were at the Windsor farmers market between 10 and 10.30 today , the only seafood truck there (not Santa Rosa SC) had cooked crabs for 5.99/lb, and we declined.

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                          Melanie Wong RE: moto Nov 18, 2012 06:29 PM

                          I didn't know there's another seafood vendor. Just missed you! I was there from about 11:15 to noon. Santa Rosa Seafood was in its usual place at the end of the row close to the side of the library. It donated "smoasted salmon" and marinated cracked crab for the holiday tasting today. You left too early!

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                            moto RE: Melanie Wong Nov 18, 2012 11:51 PM

                            thought the vendor we saw had a different name, but it must be the same one that distinctly quoted us 5.99/lb. saw the folks setting up the nice community buffet, but had already been blessed by great eats all weekend and it was good just to see the market folks treating themselves and each other like that. last year the weather in Windsor was wet and cold on the Sun before T-day, and the commercial crab season hadn't yet opened, the spread not quite as elaborate but it still included crab. (the seafood vendor last year on that date didn't have crab -- remember asking about it, so it was probably someone's personal catch).

                      2. Civil Bear RE: pjamma Nov 19, 2012 10:27 AM

                        Picked up a couple of 2-1/2 lb'ers at G&G Market in Petaluma yesterday. $4.95/lb, plump and sweet.

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                          jzc RE: Civil Bear Nov 19, 2012 10:43 AM

                          Sunset Super in San Francisco (Vicente one) on Saturday. Under 2lbs were $3.99. 2lbs and above were $4.59 uncooked. Meaty with lots of "tomalley." Two crabs were around 4.5 lbs.

                          They'll fry fish for no charge but I don't know if they'll cook crab for you.

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                            Sarah RE: Civil Bear Nov 19, 2012 10:50 AM

                            CB - Live or c&c'd?

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                              Civil Bear RE: Sarah Nov 19, 2012 01:13 PM


                          2. Eugene Park RE: pjamma Nov 19, 2012 04:44 PM

                            Stopped by the Foster City 99 Ranch market. Fresh live crab is $4.99/lb today. Couple of their tanks were stuffed so full, there wasn't any room to see how active the crabs were. But a tank right next to the full ones only was about 25% full, and it was like a benches clearing brawl going on in there.

                            Was sorely tempted to buy some and use their complimentary steaming service, but wasn't heading home for a few hours so decided to hold off.......... =-/

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                              escargot3 RE: Eugene Park Nov 20, 2012 08:35 AM

                              thanks for mentioning the "complimentary steaming" service at other 99 Ranch. I know they fry fish gratis, but haven't heard of crab steaming. That would be great.

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                                Eugene Park RE: escargot3 Nov 20, 2012 06:04 PM

                                Not every 99 Ranch has the capability of steaming (or even frying IIRC).

                                As for Foster City, they steam for 15 minutes. It comes out a little bit overdone for my tastes. I think next time I'll ask them to go only 10 or 12 minutes.

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                                  artemis RE: Eugene Park Nov 20, 2012 07:22 PM

                                  Thanks for the tip!

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                                    Stephanie Wong RE: Eugene Park Nov 21, 2012 09:29 PM

                                    My timing is 12 minutes for a 2-lb live crab right out of fridge; rip off carapace and steam body joints for additional 1.5-2 minutes while cracking claws and legs. Enjoy!

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                                flavorenhancer RE: pjamma Nov 19, 2012 04:54 PM

                                Live crab, pulled straight from the dockside holding pens, was $6.50/lb at Leonard's Bait & Tackle in Port Sonoma Marina on Hwy 37. Was fresh, fatty and plump, with very soft shell. Nice owners.

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                                  Komike RE: pjamma Nov 20, 2012 12:01 AM

                                  Where would I be able to buy live crab on Thanksgiving day?

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                                    hyperbowler RE: Komike Nov 20, 2012 07:01 AM

                                    Which city?

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                                      Komike RE: hyperbowler Nov 20, 2012 07:27 AM

                                      Anywhere in the East Bay will work. I'd prefer to get them straight off the docks if any boats are selling.

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                                        mochimunchie RE: Komike Nov 20, 2012 10:18 AM

                                        Berkeley Marina - Carapace Fishing. 9-11 Thanksgiving morning. Also Wed night 4-6

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                                          Komike RE: mochimunchie Nov 20, 2012 10:49 AM

                                          Thanks Mochi! Just checked their website....$7/lb? Is that because of Thanksgiving?

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                                            mochimunchie RE: Komike Nov 20, 2012 02:12 PM

                                            that's the price they charged at the Temescal market this past sunday so I think it's just their price - it seems like a small family operation so probably more overhead. whatever the market will bear too - I'm sure they will sell out.

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                                          rubadubgdub RE: Komike Nov 21, 2012 06:27 PM

                                          I just bought some from AC Fishing, $8/crab, in Emeryville. They say they will have them TDay, 8-12n. Go to the Emeryville pier, turn right at the public boat launch, they are the first boat off the ramp. Just caught and look to be ~1.75-2 lbs each. They usually sell by preorder only, and they only answer email when they're not fishing.

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                                            Komike RE: rubadubgdub Nov 21, 2012 08:11 PM

                                            Thanks Rubadub! I placed an order with them to pick up in the morning!

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                                              baron45 RE: rubadubgdub Dec 3, 2012 06:06 PM

                                              "I just bought some from AC Fishing, $8/crab, in Emeryville."

                                              He reported that the crabbers are on strike again today since the wholesalers dropped the price from $3 to $2 per pound.

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                                          ML8000 RE: Komike Nov 21, 2012 06:34 PM

                                          Places in Oakland Chinatown (like Lucky) will likely be open on Thanksgiving.

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                                            Eugene Park RE: ML8000 Nov 21, 2012 10:41 PM

                                            Any idea what time Lucky Seafood opens on Thanksgiving morning?

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                                              shanghaikid RE: Eugene Park Nov 22, 2012 12:44 PM

                                              opening probably at the usual time on thursdays. 9?
                                              wife say crab is close to $5. and on the small side.

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                                                Eugene Park RE: shanghaikid Nov 22, 2012 07:33 PM

                                                I decided to play golf instead of getting crab first thing in the morning. Went to Lucky Seafood on E. 12th St. at about 11:45AM. Around 10 ppl in line. Crabs were in the 1.75 to 2 lb range, but feisty. $4.99/lb for live, or $3.99/lb for dead ones (I overheard one of the staff instructing the person buying some dead crabs to cook them as soon as they get home).

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                                                  shanghaikid RE: Eugene Park Nov 22, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                  wife got some 2# ones at tin's market on 7th St. previous day's price was 4.39, today's price-5.99.
                                                  expect prices to drop after the holidays......

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                                                    Stephanie Wong RE: Eugene Park Nov 25, 2012 01:40 PM

                                                    Today at noon $3.99/lb, for 2 lb. lively crab at Lucky Seafood on E..12th.

                                          2. majordanby RE: pjamma Nov 20, 2012 03:28 PM

                                            Monterey Fish Market (Berkeley): 6.99/lb cooked, 5.99/lb live

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                                              Glencora RE: majordanby Nov 20, 2012 03:51 PM

                                              I've found they are almost always $1 a pound less than Tokyo Fish.

                                            2. Sushi Monster RE: pjamma Nov 20, 2012 09:35 PM

                                              As of this evening (Tue. Nov. 20), R99 in Cupertino had full live tanks and a $4.99 price per pound. Smallish, lively crabs. Sweet and fresh. Clearly hadn't been sitting around in the tanks for very long.

                                              A half-loaf of Semifreddi's rustic sourdough, a decent $14 sauvignon blanc, a 29-cent lemon and a little butter and ... you're set. Bottom line for three hungry people: $26.75 for three live crabs, $14 for wine, $4.50 for bread, 58 cents for two lemons.

                                              And yeah, we've got midnight snack leftovers ... all is well. Glad to live here.

                                              Sushi Monster

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                                                majordanby RE: Sushi Monster Nov 20, 2012 09:54 PM

                                                had a similar meal tonight - except acme sourdough and chardonnay. good times

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                                                  RWCFoodie RE: Sushi Monster Nov 23, 2012 04:38 AM

                                                  Off topic: Sushi Monster is there any chance you will rework your sushi compendium some day? Glad to see your post...

                                                  On topic, haven't had a chance to pick up any live crab yet but have enjoyed a few fresh cooked supermarket types that have been very good. Lots of "crab butter", and very sweet. Definitely better than no crab at all!

                                                  Now with Thanksgiving under our belts (literally) I am looking forward to my semi-annual version of roast crab with garlic noodles....

                                                2. bobabear RE: pjamma Nov 24, 2012 11:53 PM

                                                  Chinatown SF today had them for $4.29/lb, fresh. Just pick and choose from a tank and don't let them give you a dead one just because they think you don't know! I bought 1 that was 2lb.

                                                  1. Stephanie Wong RE: pjamma Nov 25, 2012 12:58 AM

                                                    Also beware of the fast flip-over of a dead crab so the legs seem to move like a live crab. And count the claws if having all the claws is important to ou.

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                                                    1. re: Stephanie Wong
                                                      theSauce RE: Stephanie Wong Nov 27, 2012 10:22 PM

                                                      Lucky Seafood on E12 and 99 Ranch workers are notorious for doing this and quickly put them in the bag.

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                                                      pjamma RE: pjamma Nov 25, 2012 01:05 PM

                                                      Whole Foods Walnut Creek has them for $6.99/lb cooked, cleaned and cracked. About 1.75 - 2 pounds.

                                                      1. Atomica RE: pjamma Nov 25, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                        Anyone been to Sun Fat (Mission St.) to see what the prices are? I tried today but they had their gate locked when they should have been open. The less desirable meat and seafood place across the street (Fresh Meat Market on Mission between 23rd & 24th) had crab for $4.99/lb.

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                                                          hyperbowler RE: pjamma Nov 25, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                          Richmond Costco has cooked for $5.99/lb. Two per package, with weights ranging from 2.38 lb to 3.5 total for the pair.

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                                                            Cynsa RE: hyperbowler Nov 28, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                            San Francisco Costco has cooked crab today for $4.99/lb. My 'one' was 2.23 lbs. Not packaged.

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                                                            Jim RE: pjamma Nov 25, 2012 07:33 PM

                                                            I ended up buying 4 crab at Alioto/Lazio for the night before Thanksgiving. $6lb. cooked, cracked, cleaned. These crab were a little over 2lbs. each, were fresh and so flavorful. There's even free parking to boot in front of the building. There's nothing like buying your crab straight from the boat at the wharf. You can see the boats through their large overhead door where they bring them in and put them into the tanks.

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                                                              jeffy1021 RE: pjamma Nov 26, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                              $3.99/lb at Foodnet in San Leandro this past weekend

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                                                                Bunson RE: pjamma Nov 26, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                Got my first crab of the season from the boats at Pillar Point - $5/pound, crab was fantastic.

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                                                                  TopoTail RE: pjamma Nov 27, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                  I'm planning a big crab fest this weekend and have been checking out the prices. My usual spot is Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown. They're selling crabs for $3.99, but they're small and I've learned from experience that half of them only have one claw. Today I checked out Ranch 99 in El Cerrito and they were $5.99. The tanks looked a lot cleaner than at Lucky, but it looked like most of the crabs were missing both claws! Then I stopped by Monterey Fish Market and they had nice big ones with both claws at the same price $5.99. My problem with Monterey Fish is that I like to get the crabs broken down so that I get only the center and the claws/legs. The guys at Lucky have no problem with this, but last time I asked Monterey fish to do the same they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. I guess the obvious answer is to go back to Monterey Market and ask them if they'll do what I want. (It's pretty gross to rip apart a living creature, but I rationalize that it's probably no worse than throwing them in boiling water.)

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                                                                    rubadubgdub RE: TopoTail Nov 28, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                    Do you really want the crabs dead before you cook them? I gather that's what you mean by asking the vendor to rip off the carapace and to remove the gills. That may be why MF is hesitant to do it, but if you insist they probably will do. They say that if you wait too long between the killing and cooking that toxins accumulate. Most remove it after cooking but I'm sure you already know that.

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                                                                      TopoTail RE: rubadubgdub Nov 28, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                      I got the idea from an article in the Chronicle food section a few years ago, and they emphasized the importance of not letting the crab sit around. I get them in the afternoon, a couple of hours before cooking them.

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                                                                        Stephanie Wong RE: TopoTail Nov 29, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                                        A good Cantonese friend feels "couple of hours" is too long, but maybe ok if you keep in a bag of ice. Don't know personally.

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                                                                          Bunson RE: Stephanie Wong Nov 29, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                          Dead crab start releasing toxins into the meat. Also when I was at the docks someone bought 25 crabs and brought 2 coolers full of ic -, the boat captain told them to dump all the ice into the harbor because the ice will kill the crab.

                                                                          I always cook the crab while still alive and eat chilled if need be, and to be honest, chilled crab the next day can taste better than hot crab right out of the steamer.

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                                                                            wally RE: Bunson Nov 29, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                                            I think you can chill the crab, but when the ice melts, the fresh water is not good for them.

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                                                                            spinn1 RE: Stephanie Wong Dec 6, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                            I bought fresh crab a few weeks ago and made the mistake of cleaning it and letting it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before cooking. Definitely not the way to go. Some of the meat came out soft and mushy. Best to let them sit in the fridge live and clean them right before steaming. Yes, I clean before steam...have you ever seen what their innards look like before cooking? Now think about how it is when they're steamed with no cleaning.

                                                                            Same can be said about spot prawns...don't let them sit around dead (live to peel). Cook them immediately.

                                                                    2. RWCFoodie RE: pjamma Nov 28, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                                      $3.99 yesterday at Marina in San Mateo/Foster City. Tanks full and they looked pretty lively.

                                                                      1. bbulkow RE: pjamma Nov 28, 2012 10:46 PM

                                                                        Whole Foods is advertising on the radio their low, low price of $7.99 / lb.

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                                                                          CYL RE: pjamma Nov 30, 2012 02:52 PM

                                                                          $3.99/lb at New Wing Yuen Market in Sunnyvale. Feisty, averaging 2 lbs.

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                                                                            The Chowhound Team RE: CYL Dec 1, 2012 04:06 PM

                                                                            We split some discussion of cooking crab over to the Home Cooking board, since we thought it would be of interest outside SF Bay Area. Check it out here: http://www.chow.com/topics/880065

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                                                                            yoroy RE: pjamma Nov 30, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                                            It was $4.99 in Sun Fat (Mission/23rd, SF). I got a 2.5 lb one, still very much alive on the steamer after 2 hours on the road, and 2 hours in the fridge. Most of their stock looks like around 2 lb.

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                                                                              BernalKC RE: yoroy Dec 1, 2012 12:01 PM

                                                                              My wife got a pair of 2 lb'ers from Sun Fat, same price, also very much alive. Based on advice from a friend, we had them quarter the crabs live, brought them home and more or less immediately (~30min?) cooked them and were very happy with the results. Simpler to cook and clean, very fresh, and we were not about to do the live quartering and cleaning at home! She also check out Manila Oriental Market that has them at the same price but not the same freshness / quality.

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                                                                              efmgdj RE: pjamma Dec 4, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                              Are the crabs/prices ok at the stands near fisherman's wharf? One seller told me 5.99/lb which seemed too good for a tourist area. (I didn't buy any.)

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                                                                                Robert Lauriston RE: efmgdj Dec 6, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                If you want to buy crab in that area, go to Alioto-Lazio, but it sounds like they might run out soon if the strike continues.


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                                                                                pjamma RE: pjamma Dec 4, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                                Has anyone noticed a spike in prices due to the strike? Wholesale buyers want prices to drop $1 per pound.


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                                                                                  kc72 RE: pjamma Dec 6, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                                                  $7.99 at Richmond 99 Ranch today

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                                                                                    spinn1 RE: kc72 Dec 6, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                                    I saw $6.99 at the Pleasanton 99 Ranch on Mon.

                                                                                  2. Glencora RE: pjamma Dec 7, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                                                    Kanaloa Seafood in the Oxbow market in Napa had no crabs at all. Just one lonely lobster.

                                                                                    1. e_bone RE: pjamma Dec 7, 2012 11:18 PM

                                                                                      Hello former neighbors. Just wanted to say I hate you all. I moved to the Midwest. The only crabs are in dorm rooms. (Ba dumPah!!) I miss dungeness like you can't believe! Reading this thread was like putting rock salt in my eyes!! Sigh... Next year....

                                                                                      1. DezzerSF RE: pjamma Dec 10, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                        $7.99/lb at Pacific Market in South SF, this past Saturday. Crabs were on the small side, maybe 1.75lbers. Only a few left in the tank.

                                                                                        1. Sushi Monster RE: pjamma Dec 14, 2012 01:02 AM

                                                                                          As of today (Thu. 12/13) it looks as if the supply chain has rebounded quicker than expected from the crab work stoppage.

                                                                                          At R99 Cupertino tonight I found full tanks @ 5.99/lb. One dollar above par for a bountiful year, but still enough to get me to jump.

                                                                                          These were fat boys. Unlike the kind of anemic crabs we see as the season wanes. Three of them, all well over 2 lbs apiece, set me back $39. Not as angry as I would have liked to see them, but still kicking.

                                                                                          A little lemon, a little butter, Semifreddi's sourdough and a very affordable two bottles of Guenoc sauvignon blanc and ... all is right in the world.

                                                                                          I was surprised to see the pipeline rebound so quickly, given that most of the Pillar Point and SF boats didn't head out until Wednesday morning.

                                                                                          Sushi Monster

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                                                                                            madprof RE: pjamma Dec 14, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                                                            Lucky Seafood 12th and 12th in Oakland with a full tank of fresh ones, $4.69 a pound. They all seem, however, to be a little under two pounds.

                                                                                            1. Atomica RE: pjamma Dec 15, 2012 11:28 AM

                                                                                              $5.00/pound off the boat at Pillar Point Harbor- about 2# each, and feisty!

                                                                                              1. Melanie Wong RE: pjamma Dec 18, 2012 04:35 PM

                                                                                                $8.99/lb for live at Asian Market in San Rafael. (phone call only, didn't see them)

                                                                                                1. Stephanie Wong RE: pjamma Dec 18, 2012 05:18 PM

                                                                                                  Ranch 99 Richmond had lots of live crabs in tank, but $6.99/lb! Big lobsters were only a buck more.

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                                                                                                    mgabriel RE: pjamma Dec 21, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                                                    On Tuesday, $6/pd Lucky Seafood Market in Oakland Chinatown, and said to be going up the next day. Why so expensive? I got crab for $2.95 last year. I'd even pay $4 - but why so high?

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                                                                                                      ML8000 RE: mgabriel Dec 21, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                                                                      I was at Lucky yesterday and the prices went up to $6.99/lb and they were small, so I didn't buy.

                                                                                                      The price hike is likely related to the recent 10-day (or so) crab fishermen strike, just resolved.

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                                                                                                        rubadubgdub RE: mgabriel Dec 21, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                                                                        Simple supply and demand. Demand spikes before the holiday and given the upcoming weather there will be fewer fisherman crabbing. Prices are all over the place right now, so it's wise to shop around. Most are at $6 but BBE said theirs would be $9-10. Cheapest are always off the boats.

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                                                                                                        mgabriel RE: pjamma Dec 21, 2012 10:24 AM

                                                                                                        Can you recommend any off the boat spots in the East Bay? Also -what time do you need to get there?

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                                                                                                          sonomajom RE: pjamma Dec 22, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                                                                          Anyone got any updates on liklihood of crab being available on Mon in Santa Rosa area or is it worth driving out to Bodega tomorrow to try to find some?
                                                                                                          I just talked to Sonoma Mkt in Sonoma and they said they wont know til Mon am

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                                                                                                            Cynsa RE: sonomajom Dec 23, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                                                                            on Friday, G & G markets in Santa Rosa and Petaluma had crab for $4.99 lb

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                                                                                                              nbaymedic RE: sonomajom Dec 23, 2012 11:26 PM

                                                                                                              You can stand in line at G & G for hours waiting for the trucks to come in or drive out to spud point and get it yourself! That's what we started doing and have since made it a tradition!

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                                                                                                              gordon wing RE: pjamma Dec 22, 2012 11:01 PM

                                                                                                              Yesterday I was surprised ( but delighted ) to see that Tokyo Fish had live crab for a dollar less ($7.99) than 99 Ranch ($8.99) Wasn't shopping for crab but I'm pretty sure that I got it right.

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                                                                                                                cakebaker RE: gordon wing Dec 22, 2012 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                Today Ranch 99 in Richmond was $9.99lb for live and Tokyo Fish had stopped taking orders due to bad weather.

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                                                                                                                SFDude RE: pjamma Dec 24, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                On Christmas Eve, crabs are $9.99/ lb at Sun Fat in the Mission, but it looks like they are going to sell out soon.

                                                                                                                The Sun Fat people will happily kill and clean the crabs for you; I find this useful and have not had any problems then cooking the crabs a few hours later (usually roasting them). Today, I will boil the crabs live later today and serve them chilled tomorrow. I would prefer to cook and serve the same day, but obviously I can't buy a live crab tomorrow and I am not sure if a crab will live in my refrigerator for a day.

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                                                                                                                  shanghaikid RE: pjamma Dec 24, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                  costco in san leandro is selling cooked wild dunguness crab @6.99/lb. in the seafood popup.

                                                                                                                  1. c oliver RE: pjamma Dec 26, 2012 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                    On Christmas Day, New May Wah on Clement in the Inner Richmond had crab for $12/# !!!!!! When I gasped over the price, a lady beside me said they were $8 the week before. Whew.

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                                                                                                                      little big al RE: c oliver Dec 26, 2012 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                      On Christmas Eve I paid "The Girls" at Alioto-Lazio $6.25 lb. for two feisty but small specimens. They were about1.75 lbs. each, with some minor damage from time in the pound, but the price was fair and the meat was sweet. The Girls rule.

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                                                                                                                        ML8000 RE: c oliver Dec 26, 2012 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                        Yup, Lucky Seafood in Oakland was charging $10.99 on Xmas...and people were buying. Had to pass since they were $6.99 the Sat before and they looked small.

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                                                                                                                          c oliver RE: ML8000 Dec 27, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                          In these cases, I have to wonder if it's the retailer who's making that extra profit, rather than the fishermen (are they called fishermen when they do crabs???). Knowing that it's a popular item and the supply has been iffy.

                                                                                                                          We're house exchanging in Sonoma, where last year we got 2+#ers for $7/# IIRC at Sonoma Market. I'd thought about having a crab dinner with our SF kids this weekend. Now I'm thinking one crab for crab cocktails :(

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                                                                                                                          Atomica RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                          Yesterday (12/26) on Clement, no crab in one store and $11.99 at another (small crabs and only a handful left).

                                                                                                                        3. c oliver RE: pjamma Dec 27, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                          Stopped in Sonoma Market this morning. They'll be getting their next ship of (live) crabs on Saturday. They should be ready by 3PM and will likely cost $7/#. That's more like it. He was pretty appalled at the prices I was telling him about. And this is a pretty high end store.

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                                                                                                                            rubadubgdub RE: pjamma Dec 28, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                            I definitely learned a lesson about crab right before Xmas---don't have it on the menu unless you're willing to pay 30-50% more. Also, you must reserve in advance (speaking as one who drove to Pillar Pt and still came away empty handed). Unfortunately, despite the higher prices, the crab wasn't nearly as good as ones I had in November. They were a lot less lively which probably means they were stockpiled and held longer in anticipation of the feeding frenzy. I ended up buying from Monterey Fish and Chinatown for $7.99/lb.

                                                                                                                            1. spinn1 RE: pjamma Dec 28, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                              I stopped in at Lion's Market in Newark today and the tanks were empty of crab and lobster. Might be getting shipment in tomorrow.

                                                                                                                              1. c oliver RE: pjamma Dec 29, 2012 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                Just bought 2lb'ers for $9/# at Sonoma Market. They get them in live and cook them. Looking forward to dinner!

                                                                                                                                1. Eugene Park RE: pjamma Dec 31, 2012 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  99 Ranch in Fremont today had tanks of live Dungeness for $10.97/lb. Right alongside were good-sized live lobsters for $7.99/lb.

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                                                                                                                                    Scrapironchef RE: Eugene Park Dec 31, 2012 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                    Pacific square 99 Ranch had them for 10.99, lobster for 8.99, a lot more lobster than crab available.

                                                                                                                                  2. Cynsa RE: pjamma Jan 3, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    2013 - feisty large live crabs are in the tank at Sunset Super market in the Outer Sunset at 2425 Irving St
                                                                                                                                    (between 25th Ave & 26th Ave) today.
                                                                                                                                    $4.99 lb.

                                                                                                                                    1. Sushi Monster RE: pjamma Jan 3, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                      We're back down to $5.99/lb at R99 in Cupertino on 1/3/13. The previous price had been $10.99.

                                                                                                                                      Smallish crabs. But lively and very sweet. Not sitting in the tanks for very long, I think.

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                                                                                                                                      1. letsindulge RE: pjamma Jan 3, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                        $6 a pound alive, and feisty in Moss Landing this past Monday.

                                                                                                                                        1. Melanie Wong RE: pjamma Jan 30, 2013 12:48 AM

                                                                                                                                          Monday's prices at Marina Food in San Mateo: $4.49/lb for standard size and $4.99/lb for large.

                                                                                                                                          1. wolfe RE: pjamma Jan 30, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                            Feb 1-3 at Lucky Supermarkets "Fresh Cooked Dungeness Crab $3.99 limit 4"
                                                                                                                                            Caveat emptor.

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                                                                                                                                              gordon wing RE: wolfe Jan 30, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                              On Monday they were $3.99 / pound at Richmond 99 Ranch and the tanks were full. Suspect that prices will go up for Super Bowl weekend ?

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                                                                                                                                                Cynsa RE: wolfe Feb 6, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                I have this rule about fresh crab: 2 lbs. at fighting weight, feisty - and steamed at home. Rules are made to be broken.
                                                                                                                                                $3.99 lb. was tempting for crab dip's Super Bowl ingredient... for $7 only... fresh cooked and sweet. I tasted it and then continued to eat the entire crab by myself. Wish I'd bought the 4 limit.

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                                                                                                                                                mgabriel RE: pjamma Feb 4, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                On Saturday night, $3.99 in Oakland Chinatown. I called all around the "cheap" places - a high of $4.39. How some stores get away with $8 /lb when it's $4 elsewhere is just beyond me.

                                                                                                                                                1. escargot3 RE: pjamma Feb 9, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Got 2 big 'uns at Lucky Seafood #2 in Oaktown today: $4.69/#

                                                                                                                                                  Price has gone up perhaps because of the rain yesterday, and perhaps we're sliding towards the end of the season

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                                                                                                                                                    kc72 RE: escargot3 Feb 9, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                    and CNY weekend

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                                                                                                                                                      baron45 RE: kc72 Feb 9, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                      R99 in DC had a good supply of crab for $4.99/lb.

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                                                                                                                                                        Melanie Wong RE: baron45 Feb 10, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The crabs I had the pleasure of eating at a friend's home last night to open the new year came from Daly City Ranch 99. They were huge, the biggest ones I've had this season! Musta been at least 2.5 lbs each or more, the legs were so big.

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                                                                                                                                                        escargot3 RE: kc72 Feb 9, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        good point, kc

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                                                                                                                                                        spinn1 RE: escargot3 Feb 10, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Bought a 2.2lb one on Thu at $4.99 from Lion's Market in Newark.

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                                                                                                                                                          little big al RE: spinn1 Feb 10, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Got two at about 2.2 lb. for six bones a pound. (Sorry, six dollars) at Alioto-Lazio at FW. One more thing to love about the girls is they don't call six dollars $ 5.99. I appreciate it.

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                                                                                                                                                        efmgdj RE: pjamma Feb 19, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Hi, anyone know if crabs are still around? (Berkeley area)
                                                                                                                                                        We have guests this weekend from out of town.

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                                                                                                                                                          NapaSpy RE: efmgdj Feb 19, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          please refer to the other thread:http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886768

                                                                                                                                                          Lots at R99---but kinda expensive right now.

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