November heralds the opening of California Dungeness Crab season. This delicacy has become a San Francisco tradition with festivals, crab feeds and culinary dishes throughout the city serving up this harvest from local waters.
San Francisco serves up a variety of Dungeness Crab dishes throughout the city. Whether part of a soup, pasta dish or just complemented with butter and lemon, it’s time to get out and enjoy Dungeness Crab season in San Francisco.
Looking for a good place to start in your quest for crustacean cuisine? Here is a nice roundup of some of the best via Yelp. Most restaurants reside along the waterfront offering a seasonal dining experience which is both delicious and picturesque. Some nearby restaurants on the list are the Franciscan Crab Restaurant, Scoma’s Restaurant and the Crab House at Pier 39.
San Francisco’s love affair with Dungeness crab goes back many years. Here is a bit of San Francisco crabbing history/trivia, courtesy of VisitFishermansWharf.com
A century ago, Chinese fisherman and Italians with their latenn-rigged Genoese sailboats, found crabs in plentiful supply from the Straits of Carquinez on the inland reaches of San Francisco Bay to the sandy shorelines off the East Bay. Over the years, clams, the natural food of the crab, disappeared from the Bay. The best crab catches were made just outside the Golden Gate. Now "crabbers" must drop their crab pots far out near Farallon Islands in 18 to 35 fathoms of ocean water. The best time to buy fresh and seasonal crab at Fisherman's Wharf is November - July.
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