by Jesse Hirsch
The Dungeness crab season ran a little short this year, after a strike in November paralyzed the industry for weeks. We’re now approaching the end of season, but there are still a few local options for Dungeness meals.
Camino (3917 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-547-5035) is hosting a season finale feast on Monday, February 27. Thirty-five bucks nets you half a Dungeness crab, grilled in the fireplace and served with kimchi and farro. For $12, you can get an extra half crab.
Origen (2826 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-848-9200) is serving a Moroccan-style b’stilla seafood pie with shrimp, Dungeness crab, and Asian seabass; glass noodles; and saffron custard until February 26.
Ajanta (1888 Solano Ave., Berkeley, 510-526-4373) will have Dungeness crab cakes on the menu until February 29, spiced with whole black cumin seeds, dried pomegranate seed powder, and chili flakes.
Italian Colors (2220 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, 510-482-8094) in Montclair is making a Dungeness salad for roughly one more week, including English cucumber, papaya, micro-greens, and avocado, tossed with a chili lime vinaigrette.
Seafood shops like Hapuku (5655 College Ave, Oakland, 510-250-6007) in Rockridge still have raw crabs but call before you visit — supplies are dwindling.
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