After losing last year’s California crab season to demonic levels of domoic acid, Dungeness fans can’t wait to get cracking.
Crab has been showing up on some Bay Area menus and in grocery stores since the season started in Oregon and Washington, and now supplies will be supplemented with freshly caught crab from Northern California, where the season started Nov. 15.
Here’s an alphabetical roundup of restaurants, grocery seafood counters and other purveyors with local Dungeness available now, or next week or after Thanksgiving. As we hear of more, we’ll add them. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRAB AT THE DOCK
CRAB AT THE DOCK
Call Pillar Point Harbor for details on the fresh catch of the day. 650-726-8724, ext. 3.
CRAB DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR
DailyFreshFish.com: Dock-to-door delivery from Pucci Foods of Hayward.
CRAB AVAILABLE NOW AT RESTAURANTS, STORES
Brasserie SP: Dungeness Crab Benedict (brunch); Dungeness Crab Cakes (lunch). Loews Regency hotel, 222 Sansome St., San Francisco.
By Th’ Bucket: Whole cracked Dungeness crab dinner; Crab Louie Salad. 4565 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara.
Diablo Foods: Fresh cracked, cleaned Dungeness crab. 3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Eve’s Waterfront: Dockside “Dungy” Melt, Deviled Eggs with Dungeness Crab. 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland.
Fish Market restaurants: Fresh cracked Dungeness crab dinner in the restaurant, or to-go from the seafood counter. All locations: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Jose.
Fisherman’s Wharf: Multiple stands. Check for individual offerings. San Francisco.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.: Cracked Dungeness crab four ways: chilled crab with drawn butter; warm crab with drawn butter; warm crab with housemade pesto; and warm crab with Cajun spices. 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay.
Ketch Joanne Restaurant: For breakfast, Dungeness crab benedict and crab omelettes. 17 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay.
La Folie: Dungeness Crab Salad. 2316 Polk St., San Francisco.
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar Grill: Lake Chalet Louie Salad. 1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland.
Le Colonial: Cha Gio Tom Cua (crispy rolls with Dungeness crab meat); Canh Cua (Dungeness crab soup); Cha Cua (crispy coconut-crusted Dungeness crab). 20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco.
Lunardi’s Markets: Fresh cracked and cleaned Dungeness crab. All stores: Belmont, Burlingame, Danville, Los Gatos, San Bruno, San Jose/Bascom, San Jose/Meridian, Walnut Creek.
Mollie Stone’s Markets: Fresh cracked and cleaned Dungeness crab. All stores: Palo Alto, Burlingame, San Bruno, San Mateo, Greebrae, Sausalito, San Francisco.
Navio and the Conservatory at the Ritz-Carlton: Dungeness Crab Salad, Saffron Chitarra with Dungeness. One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay.
Pier 39: Multiple restaurants. Check for individual menus. San Francisco.
Sam’s Chowder House: Fresh Dungeness served steamed or chile-garlic style; cioppino. Both locations: 4210 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, and 185 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Scott’s Seafood: Fresh Dungeness crab. 185 Park Ave., San Jose.
Shakewell: Chef Jennifer Biesty’s Crab Toast with Golden Miso Verjus, a riff on the classic Maine lobster roll. 3407 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.
Tap (415): Dungeness Crab Roll. 845 Market St., Westfield Centre, San Francisco.
Terrain Cafe: Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri may be new to the West Coast, but he’s savvy enough to put a Warm Dungeness Crab Salad on his opening menu. Inside Anthropologie store, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
Via Uno: Italian-style Crab Cakes, Fritters, Pasta, Ravioli and Cioppino with Dungeness Crab. 2810 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
Whole Foods Markets: Fresh cracked, cleaned Dungeness crab from Pezzolo Seafood at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. All locations.
Zanotto’s Markets: Fresh cracked, cleaned Dungeness crab. All locations: Rose Garden, Foxworthy, Sunnyvale.
CRAB COMING WEEK OF NOV. 21
Steamer’s Grillhouse: Cracked Dungeness crab; Steamer’s Linguine with Dungeness. 31 University ave., Los Gatos. Call ahead for availability, 408-395-2722.
CRAB COMING AFTER THANKSGIVING
Yankee Pier: Dungeness crab rolls, crab Louies and whole hot or cold cracked crab dinners. 3593 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Call ahead for availability. 925-283-4100.