Best of the Bay 2012: BEST CLAWS FOR CELEBRATION

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BEST CLAWS FOR CELEBRATION

It is ridiculous that we are about to register a wee bit of complaint regarding the Bay's incredible surplus of native seafood — we could happily live on Tomales Bay oysters, Dungeness crab, and all those other tasty species one finds stewing in our hot pots of cioppino. And yet ... we do miss a nice fresh lobster to go with our bubbly on special occasions, or some genuine surf to pair with our turf when we're feeling old-school romantic-fancy. That's when we head to our secret Maine-line to East Coast crustacean bliss, New England Lobster Company in South San Francisco, which offers not just succulent, flown-in pinchers both live and frozen, but steamers, scallops, mussels, clams, and many other treasures of the briny deep. And hey, what do you know, you can score some good ol' Dungeness here, too. Don't miss the super-delish lobster rolls from the lunchtime food truck in the parking lot, either. (Motto: "We're on a roll!" LOL.) Time to get cracking.

170 Mitchell Ave., (650) 873-9000, www.newenglandlobster.net