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Stone crabs in LA?

1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 11:51 AM

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. monku RE: 1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 03:33 PM

    Buggy Whip has them.

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

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      1newyorkguy RE: monku May 28, 2009 04:01 PM

      How are they? Frozen/watery?

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        monku RE: 1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 04:09 PM

        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.

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        Hughlipton RE: monku May 30, 2009 07:27 AM

        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.

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        Tracicat RE: 1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 05:14 PM

        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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          monku RE: Tracicat May 28, 2009 05:23 PM

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

        2. Veggo RE: 1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 05:40 PM

          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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            monku RE: Veggo May 28, 2009 05:44 PM

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

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              Guero RE: Veggo May 30, 2009 07:33 AM

              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. lotta_cox RE: 1newyorkguy May 28, 2009 06:01 PM

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

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                outshined RE: 1newyorkguy May 29, 2009 04:14 PM

                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...

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                  epop RE: 1newyorkguy May 30, 2009 11:23 AM

                  The Ivy has them, usually.

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