Dungeness or Blue Crabs???

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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/06/23 14:52:13 (permalink)
Blue Crab. Caught in a rope basket baited with drumsticks and thighs, boiled with an Old Bay bag, picked painstakingly apart with the coldest beer of your choice, in the company of good friends complaining about the summer heat.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/06/23 15:20:54 (permalink)
As a kid my bud, who lived on the coast in south Texas, and I would fix up a string w/ some bacon and catch our own blue crabs. His mom would boil em up for us, fond memories!

Help!!! Stuck here in blue crabless north Texas. Is there any hope?
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/06/23 15:38:27 (permalink)
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Originally posted by PapaJoe8

As a kid my bud, who lived on the coast in south Texas, and I would fix up a string w/ some bacon and catch our own blue crabs. His mom would boil em up for us, fond memories!

Help!!! Stuck here in blue crabless north Texas. Is there any hope?
Joe
PapaJoe, how far are you from DFW? There is one seafood market in Plano that I know sells blue crabs.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/06/23 15:42:37 (permalink)
Just found the info, Papa:

Capt'n Dave's Seafood Market
700 Alma Dr Ste 104
Plano, TX 75075-8800
(972) 424-3474

I used to buy live crabs there pretty frequently when I lived in Allen. The crabs aren't huge, but...I felt extremely lucky to be able to get live crabs there so never complained. I believe he gets his crabs from the Galveston/Kemah/Seaford area.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/06/23 22:02:01 (permalink)
Blue crabs, absolutely. Dungeness are good if you can't get the blue, but there is nothing like a "callinetes sapidus" (blue crab) in any form. Years ago we had "all you can eat" blue crab fests and I think they always lost money on me, because all I ate was the crabs. The h--l with the side dishes, the crabs were my only thing.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/06/23 22:46:30 (permalink)
Thanks Roadrash! I am about 40 mi. east of Dallas now but get to Plano sometimes. I must try to stop by Capt'n Dave's get some of those Blues! Hmmm, where is my friends mom to cook em??
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 13:35:39 (permalink)
One of the best sandwiches that I ever had in my life was at Ryan's Restaurant near Waikiki Beach. Ryan's is located in Ward's shopping center on the second level. It is a very nice restaurant. They served dungeoness crab on a grilled focacia bread. It was excellent. I ordered this several more times while in Hawaii, and never found it even close to being as good as the one served here.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 13:49:26 (permalink)
Blue Crab is best.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 14:50:52 (permalink)
Speaking of Dungeness crabs, I snapped this photo a few weeks ago:

http://www.roadfood.com/Insider/photos/1135.jpg

Anyone care to guess where this place is?
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 15:29:55 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ctrueder

Speaking of Dungeness crabs, I snapped this photo a few weeks ago:

http://www.roadfood.com/Insider/photos/1135.jpg

Anyone care to guess where this place is?


"Pikes".........actually I have no clue
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 15:33:52 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ctrueder

Speaking of Dungeness crabs, I snapped this photo a few weeks ago:

http://www.roadfood.com/Insider/photos/1135.jpg

Anyone care to guess where this place is?


Pike Place Market in Seattle?
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 16:09:41 (permalink)
BINGO!

And here's another vendor in Pike's Place:

http://www.roadfood.com/Insider/photos/1137.jpg

We folks in Maryland have our fair share of markets (Like the Lexington Market) . . . but NOTHING to compare with the Pike's Place Public Market in Seattle.

Really Cool!
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 16:13:22 (permalink)
when i lived in redmond wa, i'd go to the market every weekend.
i was such a good customer i was given a free flying fish tee.
we've been fortunate enough to have gone crabbing on the jersey shore and in westport in wa. the OF loves the dungeness, i prefer blue crabs.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/09 16:18:38 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Rusty246

quote:
Originally posted by ctrueder

Speaking of Dungeness crabs, I snapped this photo a few weeks ago:

http://www.roadfood.com/Insider/photos/1135.jpg

Anyone care to guess where this place is?


"Pikes".........actually I have no clue


WooHoo! I've never been fortunate to visit there but my ex has and I heard nothing but wonderful things.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/10 12:02:24 (permalink)
Blues...
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/08/10 12:58:48 (permalink)
Rusty:

If you go to Seattle, you MUST visit the Pike Place Fish Market . . . that's where my first-posted photo was taken. This is the place where, when a customer selects a fish, crab, whatever . . . the front man PITCHES it up to the guys on the "deck" who then wrap it and deliver it to the customer.

They also sing and chant while doing all this. A lot of theatrics, but a lot of FUN watching them.

This group of folks (employees/owners of the market) have been on some television specials in the past . . . TRAVEL channel, I believe, was one of them. Maybe also Food Network . . . but I refuse to watch that channel, personally.

ALSO, if you are staying in one of the hotels in Seattle, the Pike Place Fish Market will DELIVER your selected fish/crab/whatever to the hotel's kitchen and it will be prepared by the Hotel's chef for your dinner THAT EVENING!

Way cool!

I'm still a Blues fan (because I live in Maryland, naturally), but those Dungeness crabs aren't too shabby, either!
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/09/21 23:02:04 (permalink)
First of all Stone Crabs just muscled their way in and won the debate. too bad.

Secondly, Blue crab would lose anyway due to it's pure tedium to eat. I fricking hate the tedium. It makes for damn fine crab cakes, and even better soft shell eats. The soup, oh yes the soup, is a damn good find too...
but to crack open and eat? Stone Crabs win by write in vote.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/09/22 09:07:49 (permalink)
Yeah, Jaybomb, the blues take a bit of time to crack and eat, but while you're doing that you can drink a lot of beer. Works for me.
I will be eating blue crabs all next week on Ocracoke Island, NC. First time since we moved inland...
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2006/09/23 23:55:38 (permalink)
beer.

touchè my friend, touchè.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2007/12/29 15:57:52 (permalink)

haven't heard mention of the red crab, caught off the coast of NC.
one crab feeds 2 paople,they fill a sink, they eat lobster. they are sweet and rich.
if you like lobster, they're better
somebody in cape may. nj goes after them
can,t find who,

blue claws are a gift of the angels, abundant, and as softees melt in your mouth.
if you have any leads for red crabs, my emails address is; randjudy@aol.com
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2007/12/31 01:33:47 (permalink)
Dungess crab, sorry people i gotta eat. I love boiled blues done in beer and bay seasoning as a snack, but if i'm eatin a meal dugness and king crab.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2007/12/31 05:04:54 (permalink)
Born 1954 in coastal North Carolina and 6 adult years in Charleston,SC -

Blue crab rocks!!

6 years mid 1990's in Key West -

Yup, that Key Lime mustard sauce sure helps that inherent
stone crab mild bitterness

Cold Dungeness Louis at Swan Oyster Bar September 2006 -

Didn't quite get why it was just a touch bitter either

These days, Alaskan king crab (not that salty Russian import crap) with melted butter is the sweet, rich filet mignon of crab

.....now I wish blue crab wasn't all fished-out these days. It was the sweetest and freshest back in the day

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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2008/01/02 16:14:38 (permalink)
Blue Claws for the first choice! That sweet delicate meat, a slight touch of Old Bay, a cold beer and a mallet.

I used to set the pull traps, the lines and then scoop them off the poles. We would measure to be sure we had keepers and then get to boiling. Unless of course you encountered a Soft Shell, dip him right in batter and fry, oh man that is good, good stuff.
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2008/01/03 13:56:56 (permalink)
Blue Crabs for me

My father has several crab pots and catches his own. Nothing like fresh crab and a cold adult beverage
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2008/01/18 11:06:00 (permalink)
Cold beer and Blue crabs-what a summer day!-damn its winter and it sucks
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2010/05/30 13:42:40 (permalink)
chesapeake blue's; covered in old bay & steamed in beer beat everything else with ease!  part of the enjoyment IS the fact that they take a bit of work to get at the meat...nothing better than to sit down with friends and a bushel (or two) of fresh cooked blue's and a pitcher (or two) of beer and spend an hour (or two) chatting away as you work at getting the prize outta the shell!!
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2010/05/30 20:46:30 (permalink)
Dungeness crab Whole claw meat on the Oregon coast is $35 a lb. I'll take a New England Lobster roll any time........Chef BillyB
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2010/06/24 18:36:42 (permalink)
I love blues as soft shells.  Yummy!  but I grew up with my dad taking us down to Redondo bch and getting Dungeness from the fish market.  They'd steam em up for us, and we'd eat them right there.  Then afterwards, we'd go into the midway/arcade and play video games and pinball until nighttime. :)
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RE: Dungeness or Blue Crabs??? 2010/07/30 10:19:01 (permalink)
Love em all. Here's what happens with us:
Blues; since we live in FL we do Blue Crab boils for friends and family. Dup em onthe patio table and eat for the next 2 hours. Its a social thing.
Dungies: When visiting my brother in LA we hit Redondo Pier and get  a dungie steamed at Quality Fish Mkt. to order. We bring side dishes in a cooler and then picnic outside. WHat agreat time.
Stoners: Once a year for a special treat we get stone crab.
My Verdict on the Best.....Love the one you're with.
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