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Roast Dungeness crab with garlic noodles: PPQ, Lotus or other? [San Francisco]

Cicely Dec 5, 2013 11:50 AM

It's been a while since I've had this delectable specialty, and I don't see any recent reports. PPQ was where I went years ago - not sure if it's still good? I saw reports that Lotus was even better, but those aren't recent either. Recs?

  1. c oliver Dec 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    I went to Crustacean YEARS AGO and it was wonderful.

    1. Civil Bear Dec 5, 2013 06:18 PM

      Went to PPQ Dungeness Island for the black pepper crab last winter. It was awesome! Not to be confused with PPQ (Beef Noodle House) which doesn't serve crab or garlic noodles.

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      1. re: Civil Bear
        c oliver Dec 5, 2013 06:26 PM


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        sugartoof Dec 5, 2013 07:22 PM

        Thanh Long with a reservation.

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        1. re: sugartoof
          c oliver Dec 5, 2013 07:30 PM

          They're part of the Crustacean family, aren't they?

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            sugartoof Dec 5, 2013 09:13 PM

            I believe so.

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          dlobo Dec 5, 2013 08:02 PM

          We went to frisco fried on 3rd street. In addition to some wonderful fried chicken and fish, they also have garlic noodles and garlic crab.

          We got the garlic noodles as a side and then got a big container for home. It was quite excellent, buttery and super garlicky. A lot better than the garlic noodles from the thanh-long truck which we had a couple months back.

          Might be worth checking it out for their crab also. We have kids, so the amount we eat out has decreased significantly :(


          1. Cicely Dec 5, 2013 09:39 PM

            My impression (without having visited) was that there were better and cheaper options than Crustacean and Thanh Long, of which PPQ was one of the foremost when I went. Glad to hear there's been at least one good recent experience.

            1. Cicely Dec 18, 2013 10:36 PM

              Update: We went to PPQ and it was excellent. I was apprehensive as we waited, since we went at an off time (2pm) and the restaurant was pretty empty. The crabs in the tank did not look that lively, although my friend hypothesized that they might be keeping the water extra cold. But as we waited, a guy came in wheeling a delivery: boxes and boxes of crabs! As they added the new ones in the tank, the crabs stepped lively. And when we got our order (we did the set menu, with cabbage salad, spring rolls, roast crab and garlic noodles), the crab was delicious, sweet and perfectly cooked. I've heard the pepper crab is good also - too bad it's not on the set menu!

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