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Dungeness Crab Prices 2012

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

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

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

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

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      1. re: lrealml

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

      2. $5.99 at Ranch 99 in El Cerrito/Richmond.

        1. $6.00/lb, at 99Ranch in Mountain View. They do not look very big.

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          1. re: CYL

            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.

              1. re: wolfe

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

                1. re: baron45

                  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.

                2. re: wolfe

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

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

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              1. re: ML8000

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

              2. 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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                1. $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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                  1. re: CYL

                    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).

                  2. $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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                    1. re: hyperbowler

                      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. 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.
                      http://www.santarosaseafood.com/

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                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        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.

                        1. re: moto

                          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!

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            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. 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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                        1. re: Civil Bear

                          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.

                          1. 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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                            1. re: Eugene Park

                              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.

                              1. re: escargot3

                                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.

                                  1. re: Eugene Park

                                    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!

                              2. 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.

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

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                                    1. re: hyperbowler

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

                                      1. re: Komike

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

                                        1. re: mochimunchie

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

                                          1. re: Komike

                                            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.

                                        2. re: Komike

                                          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.

                                          1. re: rubadubgdub

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

                                            1. re: rubadubgdub

                                              "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.

                                        3. re: Komike

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

                                          1. re: ML8000

                                            Any idea what time Lucky Seafood opens on Thanksgiving morning?

                                            1. re: Eugene Park

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

                                              1. re: shanghaikid

                                                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).

                                                1. re: Eugene Park

                                                  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......

                                                  1. re: Eugene Park

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

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

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                                            1. re: majordanby

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

                                            2. 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
                                              http://www.emeraldlake.com/sushilist....

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                                              1. re: Sushi Monster

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

                                                1. re: Sushi Monster

                                                  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. 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. 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

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

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

                                                      1. 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.

                                                        1. 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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                                                          1. re: hyperbowler

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

                                                          2. 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.

                                                            1. $3.99/lb at Foodnet in San Leandro this past weekend

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

                                                                1. 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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                                                                  1. re: TopoTail

                                                                    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.

                                                                    1. re: rubadubgdub

                                                                      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.

                                                                      1. re: TopoTail

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: Stephanie Wong

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: Bunson

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

                                                                          2. re: Stephanie Wong

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

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

                                                                        1. $3.99/lb at New Wing Yuen Market in Sunnyvale. Feisty, averaging 2 lbs.

                                                                          1. Find Me A Big One!
                                                                          2. Feisty
                                                                          3. Roasted Garlic Crab

                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
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                                                                          1. re: CYL

                                                                            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

                                                                          2. 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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                                                                            1. re: yoroy

                                                                              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.

                                                                            2. 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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                                                                              1. re: efmgdj

                                                                                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.

                                                                                http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

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

                                                                                http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/san-f...

                                                                                1. $7.99 at Richmond 99 Ranch today

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                                                                                  1. re: kc72

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

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

                                                                                    1. 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. $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. 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

                                                                                          1. 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. $5.00/pound off the boat at Pillar Point Harbor- about 2# each, and feisty!

                                                                                              1. $8.99/lb for live at Asian Market in San Rafael. (phone call only, didn't see them)
                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8824...

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

                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                    1. re: mgabriel

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: mgabriel

                                                                                                        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.

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

                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                          1. re: sonomajom

                                                                                                            on Friday, G & G markets in Santa Rosa and Petaluma had crab for $4.99 lb
                                                                                                            http://www.gandgmarket.com/weekly-ad-1/

                                                                                                            1. re: sonomajom

                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                              1. re: gordon wing

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

                                                                                                              2. 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.

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

                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                          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 :(

                                                                                                                        2. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                        3. 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.

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

                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Eugene Park

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

                                                                                                                                  2. 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. 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.

                                                                                                                                      Sushi Monster

                                                                                                                                      1. $6 a pound alive, and feisty in Moss Landing this past Monday.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: wolfe

                                                                                                                                              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 ?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: wolfe

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                              2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kc72

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

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: baron45

                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: escargot3

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: spinn1

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: efmgdj

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

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