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Where to buy blue crabs in the Triangle?

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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?

Thanks!

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  1. The place in Cary is Sea Depot, maybe Seafood Depot, something to that effect.

    You might also try Tom Robinson's in Carrboro
    (919) 942-1221

    1. 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.............

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      1. re: VaNC

        tom robinsons in carrboro, and i believe squids (15501 in CH) has a fish market at least some days of the week. where in the triangle are you?

        1. re: batdown

          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.

          1. re: ediblerock

            Let us know how your search turns out. I might be interested in doing something similar.

          2. re: batdown

            TR is only open Thurs-Sat.

            1. re: walras

              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!

              1. re: ediblerock

                cool! how much are they going to cost?

        2. 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.

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          1. re: SenorSuarez

            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.

            1. re: ediblerock

              Places links...

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              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

              Sea Depot
              750 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

              Capital Seafood-Market
              676 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603