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No Christmas Crab? Anyone have a good source for live crab?

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shark37 Dec 18, 2012 10:17 AM

Hi, I just called a local crab boat and they (as of Dec 16) are not taking any more Christmas orders, "due to the weather". I don't get that, does that mean no one will have live crabs? Where else can I get good live crabs? I'm on the Peninsula. Thanks!

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    NVJims RE: shark37 Dec 18, 2012 10:30 AM

    It is going to be tough--Oregon and Washington commercial seasons are closed until December 31.

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      little big al RE: NVJims Dec 18, 2012 09:22 PM

      I ordered two live from Alioto-Lazio for 12/24 and got the impression that there were still some left.

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      sundeck sue RE: shark37 Dec 18, 2012 10:39 AM

      I was just @ Ranch 99 Market in Richmond Sunday. The crabs were lively and plentiful in the tanks--and cheap--$5.99 a pound (the chef from Rivoli Restaurant was in line, buying five). No clue where the crabs are from.

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        GH1618 RE: shark37 Dec 18, 2012 01:08 PM

        Dodwell (435 4th in Oakland) has a lot of live crab at $6.99/lb.

        1. Civil Bear RE: shark37 Dec 18, 2012 01:28 PM

          G&G Market in Petaluma $4.99/lb. Very lively but on the small side.

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            rubadubgdub RE: shark37 Dec 18, 2012 02:03 PM

            When you say "local crab boat" do you mean the ones at Pillar Point? Consider calling the harbormaster's hotline closer to the date. Even if you can't preorder, it's likely that someone will be selling (perhaps from an earlier catch) and the hotline will tell you which boat. This upcoming weekend's forecast is for rain and they don't usually head out if it's storming.

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              Kirk_T RE: shark37 Dec 18, 2012 04:28 PM

              Marina Market in San Mateo had a lot of them in the tanks yesterday. The larger crabs were $5.99/lb, smaller ones $4.99/lb.

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