The 5 best places to find stone crabs without the wait
1) Kitchen 305
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.
2) Blue Runner Seafood
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-it-yourself.
3) Monty's Raw Bar
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.
4) Fifi's Seafood Restaurant
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.
5) Joe's Take Away
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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