I wanted to have cracked Dungeness crab for a first course last night. I went, as I have often in the past, to Santa Monica Seafood. They only had previously frozen/thawed crabs. When I explained my surprise to the fishmonger, he said that they rarely had they fresh. He assured me that they were just as good, etc. He was not truthful. The crab was embarrassing. It was mushy, had little taste, and was watery. It was the worst crab I have ever had. It was also $23 a crab.
If I would have had the time, I would have gone to 99 Ranch Market and cooked it myself.
When I stated to write this, I noticed the highly critical reviews posted here of SMS. I wish that I would have checked the reviews first. Like I said, it was an embarrassment.
Oh, and they did have sardines ..... at $12 a pound.