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Feeling Crabby

Two weeks after the official opening of Dungeness season, fishermen have finally settled their strike and all over the Bay Area crab lovers are tying on their bibs. Here are a few of my favorite places to dig into Dungeness.


Monday nights are crab night at Camino, where Russell Moore starts every week beginning December 5th with a $28 three-course prix fixe menu with fresh Dungeness in the starring role. I particularly love them hot off the grill in the restaurant's signature fireplace. Moore says he'll keep the menu going as long as crabs are plentiful and sweet. 3917 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-547-5035


Hog Island Oyster Company
Like cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, Dungeness are one of San Francisco's enduring symbols, so it seems only fitting to enjoy them in the company of tourists. With its striking view of the bay and out-of-towners cramming every corner, Hog Island Oyster Bar at the Ferry Building, where fresh Dungeness is served on Saturdays only is a favorite spot to tear apart a crab and raise a glass to the folks who keep the local economy humming. Ferry Building Marketplace, at Market St. and the Embarcadero, 415-391-7117


Swan Oyster Depot
Yes, the wait for one of the wobbly stools can suck up an entire lunch hour and once you do sit down, you'll be bumping elbows with your neighbor, but there's simply no better place to celebrate Dungeness season than at this classic shellfish bar. The crab Louie h, with thick, sweet pieces of meat served on crisp shreds of iceberg lettuce and topped with a tangy, sweet dressing is a serious old-school treat.. 1517 Polk St., S.F., 415-6673-1101


Additional Reading: A Toast To Crab