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

1) Golden Rule Seafood Market and Restaurant

Opened since 1943 and always in the same location, this intensely local spot has been serving Miami families for generations. Those families know that husband-and-wife team Pam Mullins and Walter Flores will have a trustworthy supply of stone crabs the moment that the season opens until the second it closes.

people dining at Golden Rule Seafood Market and Restaurant

17505 S Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay

+1 305 235 0661

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.

Blue Runner seafood truck

11338 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami

+1 786 499 9334

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.

stone crabs at Monty's Raw Bar

2550 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove

+1 305 856 3992

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.

Fifi's Seafood Restaurant sign

6934 Collins Avenue, North Beach

+1 305 865 5665

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.

food from Joe's Stone Crab Miami

11 Washington Avenue, South Beach

+1 305 673 4611

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