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Dungeness Crab Hotspots; Updated Airport Guides; Daniel Patterson Drops Tipping; More!

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Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.


Hapa Ramen. Photo by Patricia Chang
SAN FRANCISCO—Dungeness crab season is finally here! We picked 15 great places to get crackin' and enjoy your first crab of the fall.

BAY AREA—Speaking of fall activities, our guides to San Francisco and Oakland airport dining have been updated for your holiday travel needs.

MISSION—The backlash against tipping continues, as Daniel Patterson has announced that his new restaurant Aster will have pay-what-you-see prices.

MISSION—Hapa Ramen has finally settled down in the Mission after years as an acclaimed pop-up. We've got all the intel on the ramen and cocktail situation.

TENDERLOIN—Ever wanted to play a little drunk Plinko, or rent out an entire room to let your friends compete in Duck Hunt and Sonic the Hedgehog? New bar Jackalope is for you.

CASTRO—A Castro bar is debuting an entire new cocktail menu inspired by Game of Thrones. Liver failure, like winter, is coming.

EMBARCADERO—Lavish $14 million Chinese food restaurant Crystal Jade may be SF's single biggest restaurant, ever. Take a peek at the new spot, which opened on Tuesday.

SAN FRANCISCO—Meet the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards, including our picks for Restaurant and Chef of the Year.