At least according to Alioto-Lazio Fish Co. Their boats were only pulling up three crabs per pot so they called it a season. The crabs there are from the Pacific Northwest.
BYW, thanks little big al for that tip.
Today the price was $4 lb live and $4.50 lb cooked and cracked. I already had the wine and sourdough, so Pacific Northwest or not I brought one home. Pretty good for Dungeness. They cook the crabs in the morning. It is not cooked to order. Something about not being allowed to sell hot crab.
This is really a terrific shop that in addition to the three huge tanks of crabs, sells fresh fish. Today there was fresh petrale ($12.99 lb) and two other fish I'm forgetting that were also from the PNW.
Some of the fresh fish they sell in-season includes halibut, snapper, wild king salmon, lobsters
Frozen fish - shrimpmeat, prawns, scallops, king crab legs, calamari (steaks, tenticles, tubes)
They have frozen fish too, so if you need out of season sand dabs, they have them.
They also carry Fish Bros smoked salmon (lox, kippered, jerky)
Canned goods include: Dave's gourmet albacore and salmon, Guardino's clam chowder
They also have crab boil, crab cake mix and bottled sauces (Louie, tartar, cocktail, dill mustard, cioppino)
The people there are very nice and knowledgable too. The women helping me assured me that the local crab fisherman did ok this year. She said that the catch in the PNW was very good this year.
Amazing, this was one of two places in Fisherman's Wharf that I would actually go out of my way to shop. The other was Crown and Crumpet in (gasp) Ghirardeli Square ... I'll write that up later. And while I wouldn't go out of my way for it, I'd recommend Cellar360 for visitors. Well, it is Guadalupe Day, a day of miracles.
I drove by at 7am to scope Alioto-Lazo out. At that hour Fisherman's Wharf doesn't have any fishermen that I could see, but it was packed with SYSCO trucks. The only place that had seafood trucks lined up in front was Alioto-Lazlo. The do wholesale business and sell to many restaurants. So the day's catch, I guess, was being delivered to their customers. I decided it might be good to come back later for the crab.
440 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA