Where to buy blue crabs in the Triangle?
I am hosting a crab feast this weekend, and would like to find a local seafood place where I can buy a bushel of live #1 Jimmies (I will steam them myself). I would like to avoid driving to the coast if possible.
What places would you recommend that you have found reliable? Three places I have already called (your experiences would be helpful!):
Capital Seafood, Raleigh: $150/bushel, prepaid, not guaranteed (the gentlemen said, "if they arrive all dead, they're still you're crabs.")
Earp's Seafood, Raleigh: no large, only mixed medium (m/f), $100
Fishmonger's, Durham: awaiting a call back from the manager.
There is a new place on NE Maynard Rd in Cary for seafood; does anyone know the name?
Grand Asia in Cary has blue crabs pretty often. I am not sure they sell bushels, but I have rarely gone there when there have not been live crabs in the seafood section. It may be difficult calling there if you don't speak Chinese, but if you stop by there is generally someone English speaking that can help you.
$150 a bushel. Wow. Makes me want to head to our place in WB and drop some chicken necks in the water.............
I am in Holly Springs, but I work in RTP and am willing to go from Mebane to Clayton to find rusty #1 Jimmies.
Yes, $150 is a lot, VaNC, but my friends in Bawl-tih-moor hun paid $275 two weeks ago for a bushel of #1 Jimmies. As my friend Curtis Sharp says, "Man! That's a lotta bread!"
I saw a short description of Tom Robinson's online, and he is just what I'm looking for; someone who brings in fresh seafood from the coast.
I decided on the new place in Cary, The Sea Depot (corner of Chatham and Maynard). TR's and a couple other places get in their crabs on Thursdays, so by Saturday too many are dead to make it worthwhile.
The owner of the Sea Depot, Lee, was very nice and told me his crabber will deliver them Saturday morning. #1 Jimmies. I will let you know how they turn out!
You inspired me to swing by Tom Robinsons and pick up some blues yesterday. They brought a box out back and let me pick out which ones I wanted at $2.99/lb. Only a couple minor injuries from pinches, but I had fun doing it. They were quite tasty. :)
I believe Tom said $80-$100 for a bushel of Jimmies, but you have to pick them up on Thursday.
The bushel of live #1 Jimmies from The Sea Depot were excellent, heavy and big. There were a fair amount of dead ones when I first sorted them (about a dozen), but the crabs were delivered on Friday instead of Saturday due to a death in the family of the crabber. Lee, said that I could expect the crabs to come on Saturday every time I order them from now on, which I will.
The crabs were $110 a bushel, with a deposit required (cash preferred), but that price may change depending on the time of year and supply. I will definitely order from the Sea Depot again for hard shells.
Tom Robinson's Carolina Seafood
207 Roberson St, Carrboro, NC 27510
Grand Asia Market
1253 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
Earp's Seafood Market
1414 S Saunders St, Raleigh, NC 27603
750 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
676 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603