The 2012-2013 stone crab season closes tomorrow, May 16, with the last day of harvest today. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, traps must be removed from the water within five days. All restaurateurs and stores must obtain their stone crabs by May 16.
It's been a bleak year for stone crab fishermen, with reported catches much less than in previous years. As a result, prices hit record numbers at some shops and others couldn't even procure any to sell. Folks at Captain Jim Hanson's Seafood Market and Restaurant told Short Order that they haven't had the crustaceans in weeks.
If you want one last stone crab dinner, get cracking! Here are some places that are still carrying stone crabs while supplies last. All prices and availability were confirmed as of this morning and are subject to change.
Joe's Stone Crab is serving fresh claws today and tomorrow. The restaurant also flash freezes claws for the summer season if you have a hankering for some sweet flesh.
Joe's Takeaway is serving fresh claws today and tomorrow. In addition, the more casual outpost of the iconic seafood restaurant will be joining forces with Latin Burger and Taco Food Truck on Thursday, May 15 for National Hamburger Month. From 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., you can get an authentic Latin Macho burger and fries for only $10.95. Add some stone crabs and a slice of Key lime pie and you have one unique and decadent "surf n' turf" meal.
Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market has large claws ($39.99 per pound) and jumbos ($59.99 per pound). Right now they have about 60 pounds of the claws left and when they're gone, they're gone until October.
My Ceviche partner Roger Duarte is also the founder and president of George Stone Crab, which means that both locations are offering fresh stone crabs, straight from the boat. Call directly for availability and prices. Added bonus: George Stone Crab and My Ceviche deliver to most areas, so you don't even have to leave your home or office to get them.
The Fresh Market is getting one last delivery of claws. The Coconut Grove location currently has jumbos for $39.99 per pound. The staff will crack the claws for you and give you mustard sauce -- just remember to ask. Call your location for availability.
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Whole Foods Market may or may not be getting one last shipment, so call your local store for availability. As of this morning, the Coral Gables location has jumbos ($49.99 per pound) and mediums ($25.99 per pound) available.