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Best place to buy cooked & cracked crab in San Francisco?

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Am making a big batch of California rolls. Normally I buy live crabs to cook & clean myself, but want to get on with the "maki" making rather than cleaning & picking. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Swan's on Polk has weird (short) hours and is a bit pricy, but it's always perfect.

    there are probably cheaper and more accessible places, but, they are reliably reliable.

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    1. re: hill food

      Stopped going to Swans about 15 years ago. It's so packed that you have to wait 30+ mins just to order.

      1. re: hankstramm

        I'm attesting to the quality. the crowd depends on the time of day. yes there are easier places. but never a shell shard. my advice is never go there anywhere near the lunch hour. early for the choicest, or late for what they have left for the day.

        and if you're driving, parking is a BITCH around there.

      2. re: hill food

        If you call ahead you can avoid the line. Just yell "Takeout" and head for the register. I've seen it done several times.

        1. re: TenderNob

          I like your user name, I always preferred the sound and implications of your name for the alternate name for my (then) neighborhood of 'Nobberloin'

          1. re: hill food

            I preferred Tenderloin Heights when I lived in the area.

            1. re: drewskiSF

              'Upper Squalor' worked as well. so did 'Trannyhookermont' (under-aged)

              1. re: hill food

                Baja Nob Hill was the neighborhood I.D. In the 80's when hubby had a bar on Post St. Nothing like glorifying!

      3. Costco in SF usually has fresh picked Dungeness crab meat in season.

        1. Penninsula and All Shores, right on the border between San Bruno and Millbrae. Full-service, competitive prices.

          1. 99 Ranch will steam and crack their live crab for free.

            1. I went to Alioto Lazio Fish Company for the first time before Christmas. I needed 8 crabs and they were delicious. They were large and super sweet. The tanks are plentiful and clean. I'll definitely be back.