11/16/2012 03:12:00 PM

Crab Season Opens, Get Cracking

Local Dungeness crab season has officially opened and we’ve got the dibs on where to taste the first catch. It’s still too early to tell what the quality and length of the season will but we'll be adding more restaurants to this list in the coming days and weeks.

Nettie’s Crab Shack: The aptly-named seafood-centric Cow Hollow restaurant already has crab as a chalkboard special today but will celebrate the season’s opening in earnest on Sunday with a big ole family-style crab feed. Whole crab, prepared steamed or roasted, will be served, along with family-style portions of salad, skillet cornbread, potatoes and broccoli, along with individual sized butterscotch pudding. The crab menu will supersede the regular menu on Sunday and you must make reservations by the end of day tomorrow, Saturday 11/17, in order to get a space at the table. Starting next week, Nettie’s will feature daily crab specials and possibly more crab feeds in the coming weeks (Monday, 6-8 PM, price AQ somewhere between $40-$45 per person, 415-409-0300).

Poppy’s Crab Shack Truck: Taking it to the streets, this newly launched Half Moon Bay-based food truck is bring crustacean to the people, from now through May. The mobile kitchen, nothing more than an eight-by-twelve jerry rigged trailer, offers steamed whole crabs and Dungeness crab sandwiches to go. You can also place orders to get a supply of crab for your Thanksgiving and holiday dinners. Poppy’s will be parked this Saturday afternoon at the farmers’ market in El Granda (To keep track of its whereabouts and get ordering information, check out the website or call 650-346-5416).

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company: Fresh off the boat in neighboring Pillar Point Harbor, whole cracked Dungeness crab, has arrived on the menu at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and will be featured throughout season. Of course, this being a brewpub, chef Gaston Alfaro gives the crustacean a hoppy twist by steaming it up with a special spice blend and a splash of the award-winning Mavericks® Amber Ale, before serving it cracked, with lemon, melted butter and a side of garlic bread. Pricing is AQ.

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