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May 28, 2009 11:51 AM

Stone crabs in LA?

I'm from S. Florida and have had the pleasure of dining at Joe's Stone Crab a few times. Is anyone serving them here?

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  1. Buggy Whip has them.

    Buggy Whip Restaurant
    7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: 1newyorkguy

        I would imagine were frozen at one time.
        Buggy Whip doesn't exactly get the highest accolades among CH's.

        I've been spoiled--lived in Miami and had fresh stone crabs from Joe's and other Florida places....nothing I've found after has ever come close.

      2. re: monku

        A friend of mine who is truly food knowledgeable says it is the best reason to go to the Buggy Whip other than the history of the place.

      3. Stone crab claws just went out of season. You won't get anything here even close to Joe's (unless you order directly on-line, they send a lovely presentation including bibs, mallets and key lime pie). But in season, Mastro's carries them. They're almost as good as Joe's. Can be hit and miss sometimes though towards the end of the season.

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        1. re: Tracicat

          Heard there's now a Joe's in Las Vegas at the Forum Shops at Caesars.
          Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

        2. All this is true, but most crabbers pulled their last traps on the 13th. Anything available now has been frozen, which is a 3 point deduct on a 10 scale. Frozen stick to the shell, are stringy, and lose all their subtle sweetness. Find another plan until October in CA; marlin and yellowtail?

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          1. re: Veggo

            Right.......the frozen stone crab claws I've gotten at the Asian markets are horrible.

            1. re: Veggo

              Fortunately for us fisherman, marlin cannot be harvested commercially in California so you won't find it for sale in fish markets or restaurants here. You are not missing much as it can be pretty strong and fishy. Not bad smoked. The yellowtail season is starting here, so you should be able to find some fresh yellowtail in California.

            2. When in season they are served at BLT on Sunset. They have lovely raw bar selections.

              1. I too am from Miami and nothing seems to measure up. I've seen them on the Hungry Cat menu. Only available with months with an R so hang in there...