Stone crab season is as uniquely South Florida as the neon-colored strip on Ocean Drive.
Sure, Joe's Stone Crab and Joe's Takeaway are "the" places to grab some claws and mustard sauce, but there are many other places in Miami to get your claws on some fresh stone crabs -- many at great values.
While we were calling to confirm availability, we found a surprising number of restaurants and markets selling colossal stone crab claws. The people at Captain Jim Hanson's Seafood explained that at the beginning of the season, the crabs tend to be larger. That means now is the time to take advantage of the larger claws, while they're still abundant.
Note: All prices listed were verified when we called, but they may change without notice, due to market conditions and availability of stock.
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My Ceviche's partner Roger Duarte just happens to be the founder and president of George Stone Crab. That means that while you're picking up a container of fresh ceviche, you can get fresh stone crabs, guaranteed from the ocean to you in 24 hours or less. Claws are sold by the pound, with a one pound minimum and are served with one sauce (extra sauces are $1 each). Medium claws (6-7) are $24.95 per pound, large claws (4-5) are $35.95 per pound, jumbo claws (2-3) are $43.95 per pound, and colossals (1-2) are $52.95 perpound. Pre-order online and get a free order of guacamole with a $20 minimum order.
Claw your way over to Kitchen 305 every Friday starting October 19 for their all-you-can-eat stone crab feast. Crabs are served in batches of five, accompanied by your choice of soup, Ceasar salad, or house salad. Sides and bread are also offered -- along with plates full of mustard sauce and melted butter. Want another order of five? Done and done until you need to be rolled out. $55 per person (tax and gratuity extra).
family-run seafood restaurant has take-out stone crabs available in three sizes by
the pound. Large
($32), jumbo ($40), or colossal ($46). Platters are available at the restaurant
Captain Jim Hanson's Seafood Market & Restaurant
Captain Jim's crabs are some of the best priced we've seen. Choose from (priced by the pound) medium claws ($16.99), large ($22.99), jumbo ($29.99), and colossal ($33.99). Captain Jim will
crack the claws for you -- just ask.
gourmet market chain offers large ($29.99) and jumbo ($32.99) stone crab claws by the pound.
Don't forget to ask for the seafood department people to crack the claws
and give you a side of mustard sauce. Sizes and availability may vary by location, so call ahead for today's selection.
Whole Foods Market
This gourmet market just begs for you to make an entire meal out of its stone crabs and other good foods you find while traveling down the aisles. Size availability varies by store, but the Coral Gables location has medium ($18.99 per pound) and jumbos ($37.99 per pound) available, as of today.
This may be the last stone crab season for Scotty's Landing, so do yourself a favor and grab a table just before sunset and enjoy a platter of claws with a few cold ones as you lament the fact this waterside landmark may not be here for much longer. A platter of claws comes with your choice of salad (market price).
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Monty's Raw Bar
Still the best deal in town, Monty's offers $3 medium claws along with half-priced cocktails during happy hour (Monday-Friday from 4 - 8 p.m.). Go any other time and you'll pay $20 for a four-claw platter, $33 for a six-claw platter, and $44 for a large platter. All come with two sides.