The first Dungeness crabs are in, and they’re meaty

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Between rainstorms, professional Bay Area fishermen are heading out with crab pots to snag the 2017-18 season’s first Dungeness crabs – a coveted dish for Thanksgiving tables following week.

“The crabs are meaty, and my haul was good,” Capt. Barry Day stated on his return to Pillar Level Harbor within the San Mateo County coastline, exactly where he offered the crustaceans straight off his boat for $6 a pound.

Dan Chavez, the meat and seafood division manager at Draeger’s in Blackhawk, echoed that sentiment just after receiving his store’s first cargo of live crabs Thursday. “They’re wonderful! They’re 2 lbs and over,” he said. “I called absolutely everyone and claimed, ‘Crab at my house tonight!’ ”

Getting a clean start on the season, without having indications of the dreaded domoic acid that influenced the last two seasons, can be a “big deal” for your Bay Area cafe industry, reported Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Cafe Association’s one,000 members. “Crab is clearly what the Bay Area – in particular San Francisco – is known for.” Along with a whole season should guarantee superior pricing, she stated.

Aside from buying crab from boats and seafood stands in Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Bodega Bay, buyers can expect to find new crab in local suppliers today and this weekend. (Check our listing of retailers and places to eat Some grocers will present “loss leader” prices to appeal to customers and their major Thanksgiving shopping; upscale markets that inventory the biggest, meatiest crabs are likely to selling price people accordingly.

“There’s usually a good, fair value for the first catch,” Chavez mentioned. At Draeger’s, which buys stay crabs and cooks them onsite, the opening retail price is $9.98 a pound.