The 2017 Florida stone crab season kicked off October 15 (or this past Friday for Joe’s Stone Crab devotees who lined up for the first night of service celebrating the institution's 104th anniversary).
This season brings the most exciting developments since the discovery of the stone crab itself. That’s because Miami restaurant My Ceviche is offering on-demand stone crab delivery.
“Stone crabs are something My Ceviche has been offering for five years and that Floridians have been enjoying for decades,” says Roger Duarte, CEO of My Ceviche and George Stone Crab. “We’re really trying to disrupt the market.” How exactly? Enter $3 medium claws, available beginning today. If you're looking for large claws, the cost is $41.95 per pound (around four large claws).
Speaking of catch, Duarte says that this season will bring better claws than the past couple of years and that Hurricane Irma didn't damage the traps or injure the crabs.
Delivery began this past Monday within a three-mile radius of each My Ceviche location, including the South Miami, Miami Beach, Brickell, midtown, and Coral Gables restaurants. Ordering is simple via the My Ceviche portal. The delivery fee is a flat $3.
However, if you’re craving a full-on stone crab experience, there are plenty of restaurants in town where you can get your fix.
Ariete. Chef/partner Michael Beltran has whipped up a dish worthy of a visit to Ariete: avocado and stone crab aguachile with marinated cucumber ($19). 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862; arietemiami.com. Tuesday through Thursday 6 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 6 to 11 p.m. Closed Monday.
StripSteak by Michael Mina. What’s better than a butter-poached steak from Michael Mina? One that comes with a stone crab Oscar topping. Not a carnivore? No problem. You can have your crustacean on a bed of steamed asparagus instead. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-326-7412; fontainebleau.com/stripsteak. Monday through Sunday 6 p.m. to midnight.
Hakkasan. Inside the Fontainebleau, Hakkasan gets in on the action by offering black pepper stone crabs, which, by the way, go great with dim sum. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-326-7412; fontainebleau.com/dining/hakkasan. Dinner daily beginning at 6 p.m. Traditional dim sum is served Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Edge Steak & Bar. The Brickell steakhouse is featuring claws as a special this week. Beginning next week, stone crab will be on the lunch and dinner menus for $45 per pound (about seven medium claws per order). The real deal, however, is Edge Steak & Bar's brunch, which gives you access to unlimited claws for $75 (or $95 with bottomless mimosas, select cocktails, sparking wine, and beer on tap). 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-358-3535; edgerestaurantmiami.com. Monday through Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mignonette Uptown. Danny Serfer is a simple man who likes to leave customers wanting more, which is why at Mignonette Uptown this weekend only, you'll be able to nab large claws served with a trio of sauces (Thousand Island, herb butter, and the mandatory mustard). 13951 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-705-2159; mignonettemiami.com. Monday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Pubbelly Noodle Bar. Jose Mendin’s stone crab fettuccine with miso ginger butter, citrus, jalapeño, and bok choy leaf is back. Also on deck are stone crabs, so be sure to check in periodically. 1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555; pubbellyboys.com. Sunday through Thursday 6 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight; Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Point Royal. Kick off the season in beachfront style at Geoffrey Zakarian’s all-you-can-eat feast for $89 this Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then get the freshest stone crabs in Hollywood through May while also snagging specials on oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, and other raw bar items during the restaurant's Oyster Hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from Sunday's event will go to Glam-a-Thon, benefiting the Broward Health Foundation’s Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center. Plus, Zakarian himself will be there to crack some claws and jokes. 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8750; pointroyal.com. Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11 p.m.
Michael’s Genuine. Order a pound of large stone crabs (market price) October 23 through 29 and get half off any bottle of wine from Eric Larkee's thoughtfully curated list. 130 NE 40th St., Miami; 305-573-5550; michaelsgenuine.com. Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m., Friday 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Terra Mare. Fort Lauderdale's newest oceanfront eatery is serving jumbo crabs with executive chef Johan Svensson's seasonal Scandinavian mustard sauce. 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-5160; terramarefl.com. Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Steak 954. Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 has rotating daily stone crab offerings. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8333; steak954.com. Monday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prime Fish. Walk into Myles Chefetz’s Prime Fish any night during stone crab season to find colossal stone crabs alongside other catch from the expansive raw bar. 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-4550; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. Monday through Sunday 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Stone crabs are one of the most popular items on the menu. Wash down your claws with a Morpheus cocktail. 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 954-772-2675. Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 5:30 to 10 p.m.
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