As a native San Franciscan who has been exiled to New York for the past 20+ years, one of the things I miss most is the Dungeness Crab! I still visit San Francisco fo the holidays every year...and I make sure to get my fill of crab whenever I am in town.
In the past, this has almost always consisted of making a run to the harbor in Half Moon Bay (or the Asian markets in Daly City) to buy several live crab and cooking up a homestyle crab-feed with plenty drawn butter, sourdough and wine...or making a kick-butt crab and shrimp gumbo.
Unfortuantely, this year I will be staying at a hotel.....so I wont have access to a kitchen....and none of the relatives are able to host a crab-feed while I am in town. Which means I will have to get my fix at a restaurant this year. However, despite being born in San Francisco, I am completely ignorant of where to get good crab (at a fair price) at a restaurant.
So, please help me find the right restaurant to get my fill of wonderful Dungeness Crab while I am in town next week. I am not too picky re: style.....anything from straight foward steamed crab...to the various asian styles (none of which I have tried)...to whatever styles I don't even know exist.....as long it it tastes excelent.
p.s. I know good crab at a restaurant isn't cheap....but my budget isn't unlimited,,,,,I certainly want to try to keep the meal for an appetizer, crab, side dish (if crab is a la carte) and cocktails/wine below $100pp. So it would be very helpful if you could give me a ball park idea of what a whole crab will cost at each reccomendation........thanks again!!!!
The San Franciscan
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