5 Must-Try Stone Crab Spots in Florida

5 Must-Try Stone Crab Spots in FloridaFLORIDA - Florida's stone crabs are irresistible treats, yet even regular Joes know it can be hard to come by.  Harvested by hand from Florida's warm waters, these large claws offer seafood lovers something truly irresistible - subtle sweetness balanced with delicate saltiness and a natural richness in one package! Served chilled and drizzled with mustard sauce, they provide an irresistibly tempting experience that few can resist.

5 Must-Try Stone Crab Spots in Florida
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Stone Crabs Are Plentiful In Florida

1. Joe's Stone Crab Claws

Joe's is a name you probably know because it has done things better than anyone else since Joe Weiss first opened his small lunch counter in Miami Beach in 1913. Stone crabs were not discovered as an entree until the early 1920s when they began to be served chilled with cole slaw and hash browns at the Cafe. The cost of the meal is 75 cents. Price has increased, but delicacy is still the same. Save room to enjoy a piece of Joe's famous key lime pie. 11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 333139

2. Billy's Stone Crab Claws

You may wonder where Tierra Verde is if you are not from Tampa Bay. Tierra Verde is a small town on Pinellas County's southernmost tip, next to St. Petersburg. Fort De Soto Park is often referred to as one of the top beaches in America. Billy's offers medium, large, and jump claws in season. They are served either hot or chilled with mustard sauce. If it is not stone crab time, Billy's offers raw oysters or onion-crusted fish. Tierra Verde FL 33715 1 Collany Rd

3. Charlie's Fish House & Seafood Market in Crystal River

The house specialty is fried seafood. We love conch fritters and tuna poké nachos. The "swamp" basket also includes frog legs, catfish nuggets, and gator bites. Stick to stone crabs during the season as an appetizer or a 1 1/4-pound main dish. US-19, Crystal River, FL 34428

4. Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Orlando

Big Fin can be found in Orlando's Dr. Phillips area, right around the corner from Universal Orlando. The atmosphere at Big Fin is casually elegant, which in another city would seem like an oxymoron. The 11,000-square-foot eatery is a great place to enjoy a variety of oysters. But make sure you book if it's stone crab claw time. You can never go wrong when you order the swordfish and lobster mac-and-cheese during the off-season. 8046 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819

5. Frenchy's Cafe in Clearwater

Frenchy's in Dunedin has a fish market where you can buy stone crab claws to try at home—Frenchy's Cafe. Over half a dozen Frenchys are along the Gulf Beaches of Tampa Bay. They offer seafood lovers a variety of choices, including grilled grouper, oysters, and, during the season, stone crab claws. No reservations are accepted, and the atmosphere is beach casual. Frenchy's uses a fleet to provide fresh seafood, as it contracts with fishing boats. Frenchy's in Dunedin also sells stone crab claws. Billy's Stone Crab is located in multiple locations.