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

carolineinthecity Jan 25, 2014 01:37 PM

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. hill food RE: carolineinthecity Jan 25, 2014 01:47 PM

    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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      hankstramm RE: hill food Jan 25, 2014 09:02 PM

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

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        hill food RE: hankstramm Jan 25, 2014 09:08 PM

        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
        TenderNob RE: hill food Jan 26, 2014 09:23 AM

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

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          hill food RE: TenderNob Jan 26, 2014 07:44 PM

          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'

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            drewskiSF RE: hill food Jan 26, 2014 08:33 PM

            I preferred Tenderloin Heights when I lived in the area.

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              hill food RE: drewskiSF Jan 26, 2014 10:51 PM

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

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                macadam RE: hill food Jan 26, 2014 10:58 PM

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

      3. soupçon RE: carolineinthecity Jan 25, 2014 06:12 PM

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

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          bkalafut RE: carolineinthecity Jan 25, 2014 07:12 PM

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

          1. kungful RE: carolineinthecity Jan 25, 2014 08:32 PM

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

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              Cheesy Oysters RE: carolineinthecity Jan 27, 2014 03:59 PM

              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.

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