"Dungeness Crabs part 1" Fisherman's Wharf Tip by machomikemd

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco: 189 reviews and 369 photos

  I love Dungeness Crabs!
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  • I love Dungeness Crabs! - San Francisco
      I love Dungeness Crabs!
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  • buy the Dungeness Crabs in Costco instead! - San Francisco
      buy the Dungeness Crabs in Costco instead!
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  • cheaper to buy in Costco! - San Francisco
      cheaper to buy in Costco!
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  • my mom's favorite - San Francisco
      my mom's favorite
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  • more crabs - San Francisco
      more crabs
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From Shrimp Louis to Dungeness Crab, Fisherman's Wharf is known for its fresh seafood. But the big sign overlooking the tourist parking lot gives a clue to which is most important sea food here. Both signs feature the distinctive shape of Dungeness crab, one of the treasures of the West Coast fish market, and the symbol of the Golden Gate fishing industry. But for a cheaper version of the Dungeness crabs for locals like me, buy it at Costco where the price is 50 to 75% cheaper than here in touristy Fisherman's Wharf!

Native to coastal waters from southern California to the Aleutians, Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) is the main commercial crab species south of Alaska. It's a fairly large species, weighing about a pound and a quarter apiece in the minimum legal size (6-1/4 inches across the carapace, or upper shell) and running up to about 3 pounds. Most of the catch is consumed close to home, but some gets shipped to other parts of the country both fresh and frozen. It's hard to beat Dungeness crab in its plainest form, just plucked from the shell and eaten with good bread and white wine. But there are plenty of other ways to use the delicious meat, often in combination with other seafoods. Dungeness usually runs from $9.00 per pound to almost $15 per pound, here at the Fisherman's Wharf while in Costco it is just $ 5.99 a pound). Eating Dungeness Crabs here at the Wharf is a Certified Tourist Trap!

The common name of Dungeness crab comes from the town of the same name on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, which in turn was named after a point on the English coast near the strait of Dover.

Address: Beach Street, SF, CA, 94133
Directions: Pier 40-43, Beach Street, SF, CA, 94133
Phone: (415) 673-3530
Website: http://www.fishermanswharf.org

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2011
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