Stone Crab Frenzy Tonight at Truluck's
Guaranteed cure for a case of the crabs.
Truluck's seafood restaurant got its start in Texas, but its appearance in Florida is reason for stone-crab lovers to rejoice: The company keeps its own crab fishing fleet of 16 boats outside of Naples, Florida, where it hauls in enough crab to provide the chain with seriously fresh claws during season: "From our traps to your table in less than 24 hours." You can chow down the large claws for $10.99 each any time, either alone or as part of a "build your own" seafood tower, but every Monday night at Truluck's is a crab massacre -- $59.99 for all the stone crab claws you can eat, plus grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes. It may sound like mayhem, but you'll be sucking those claws in style: the Boca Raton location is beautifully appointed with leather booths inside and elegant tables on the terrace, plus a wide-ranging wine list offering dozens of wines by the glass or flight. There's also a good selection of fresh -- never frozen -- fish that changes depending on availability, either simply grilled or fancied up, from Gulf red snapper, wild salmon, and black cod to black grouper Pontchartrain blanketed in crab and shrimp sauce. The stone crabs we ate last night were as good as the ones we had in Everglades City, and the snapper and grouper was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Recommended for fish lovers.
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