The 5 best places to find stone crabs without the wait Miami

KITCHEN 305 AT: NEWPORT BEACHSIDE HOTEL & RESORT

16701 Collins Avenue
Sunny Isles Beach
+1 305 749 2110
newportbeachsideresort.com

When stone crabs are in season from October 15 to May 15, Kitchen 305 cleans up with a weekly, prix fixe, all-you-can-eat special. Some advice to get your money’s worth: Forego the salads and sides, and concentrate on the rich crabmeat enhanced by a dip in mustard sauce. You’ll be glad you did.

BLUE RUNNER SEAFOOD

11338 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami
+1 786 499 9334

Locals know this paneled truck, a family-run business, as the supplier of the freshest fish and seafood, including succulent stone crabs, in the Miami-Dade region. Patriarch Paco Fernando and his team sell them for a lot less than the restaurants do. Caveat: Cracking is do-ityourself.

MONTY’S RAW BAR

2550 S Bayshore Dr
Coconut Grove
+1 305 856 3992
montysrawbar.com

A happy hour legend, this spot on the bay is best for the views, the live music and stone crabs in season. Modus operandi: Snack on a couple of claws and a few shrimp while watching the sunset and downing a beer after a hot day rather than investing in a full dinner.

FIFI’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

6934 Collins Ave
North Beach 
+1 305 865 5665
fifisseafood.com

White table-cloths, Asian and Latin influences and artsy plating raises the bar a bit higher, but the métier is what stone crab aficionados look for: local, fresh, sustainable. Fifi’s sources from Port Royal Trading Co., specializing in stone crabs from the Florida Keys.

JOE’S TAKE AWAY

11 Washington Ave
South Beach 
+1 305 673 4611
joesstonecrab.com

Joe’s Stone Crab is the restaurant that discovered the edible nature of these sustainable crustaceans, where diners wait hours in line for a table. But at the adjacent Take Away, claws can be packaged to go or consumed in serviceable surroundings, along with the signature accompaniments of hash browns, creamed spinach and key lime pie.

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