When Andy Williams sang "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," he was clearly caroling about Christmas. However, most South Floridians would agree that stone crab season is truly the best time of year. This Tuesday, October 15, through May 15, 2020, locals can feast on freshly caught claws around town at these notable restaurants with great offerings.
Boia De5205 NE Second Ave., Miami
A newcomer to this year's dining scene, Boia De is quickly becoming a favorite in Buena Vista for its pasta and comfort food. For stone crab season, the restaurant will offer a unique dish: the tagliolini Nero. It's cold squid-ink pasta with vin jaune, truffle, fine herbs, and normally king crab, but the dish will be available with stone crabmeat instead until mid-May for the same $24. The price might change depending upon claw market pricing for the season.
Gianni's at the Villa Casa Casuarina1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
If you're looking for an opulent atmosphere in which to enjoy your stone crab, venture to the iconic Versace Mansion. Indulge in chilled Florida stone crab claws. Medium and large ones will be available with creamy mustard sauce for market price.
Joe's Stone Crab11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
It almost goes without saying: Joe's is a must for the season. As an institution that's been around longer than Miami Beach itself, Joe's will open for its 106th season Tuesday, October 15. The epitome of the authentic stone crab experience, a meal at Joe's is worth the infamous wait in order to enjoy the restaurant's pristine service and wide variety of claw sizes and side dishes. The restaurant will also be open for lunch beginning Friday, October 18.
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Lobster Bar Sea Grille404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
This Thursday, October 17, Lobster Bar Sea Grille will begin serving jumbo and, when available, colossal stone crab claws. Sourced from the Florida Keys and Bahamas, the stone crab selection, along with the rest of the restaurant's fresh catches, will be on display for guests to select. Enjoy the claws à la carte at market pricing, stacked on the shellfish tower, or even incorporated into any of the dishes offered on the regular menu.
Monty's Raw Bar Coconut Grove2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove
A neighborhood mainstay, Monty's Raw Bar Coconut Grove recently celebrated 50 years of waterfront views at the Prime Marina. Beginning Tuesday, October 15, the restaurant will begin offering classic claws in various sizes: medium ($8), large ($15), extra large ($20), and jumbo ($28), in addition to the rest of its raw-bar offerings. During happy hour — Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. — medium claws will cost $5 each, and large claws will run $11 each, in addition to $6 frozen drinks and cocktails.
Salt & Brine at Time Out Market Miami1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach
Time Out Market's raw bar, Salt & Brine, will celebrate the food hall's first stone crab season. Chef Christian Plotczyk is adding medium claws to his regular menu of caviar, oysters, shrimp, and other local seafood favorites. They'll be available at market price beginning Tuesday, October 15, for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Stripsteak by Michael Mina4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach will add freshly caught Florida stone crab claws to its BleauFish Ocean to Table program. Using its own fishing boat, BleauFish, the resort reels in fresh seafood daily from local waters for its 12 restaurants and lounges, which offer everything from catch of the day to lobster and now stone crabs. At Stripsteak by Michael Mina, diners can enjoy cracked and chilled stone crab claws in jumbo ($35), colossal ($45), and supercolossal ($65), served with signature dijonnaise. Or opt for an Asian twist with the Stone Crab Oscar: four ounces of crabmeat served with house yuzu kosho Béarnaise sauce for $30.