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Jul 8, 2009 09:14 AM

Peekytoe crabs

I know these are found in Maine, but can someone tell me if I can also find these on Cape Cod, and if so where?

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  1. You can find Peekytoes (also known as Rock Crabs) at Joe's Lobster Mart in Sandwich. Just got back from there and it really is the best fish market, by far, on the Cape. They have a huge live crab tank, $2 per pound. Fresh cooked lobster meat was going for $25 per pound today. Gonna make two HUGE honkin' lobster rolls for me and the misses tonight!

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy

      Sounds great . Do they also have picked peekytoe carb?

      1. re: Barbarella

        Yes, but you can get that at any local market. It's just labeled as Maine Crab Meat and sells anywhere from $9 to $14 per half pound container. The markets usually get their Maine deliveries on Wednesdays. Peekytoe is just a fancy name for simple rock crab y'know.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Maine crabmeat is usually from the Jonah crab, not peekytoe. Although a good substitute, peekytoe is a little sweeter to my tastes.

          1. re: simplyput

            I was about to post a question asking if rock crabs are the same as Jonahs, and your post set me straight.

            We *love* Jonah crabs. Just for variety I'm gonna ask around (Central Connecticut) to see if we've got 'em here...

    2. "Peekytoe" is just a clever marketing name. Same old crabs, but a clever fellow realized the cuteness potential of the French-Canadian "pique" for the sharp "toes."

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      1. re: oystertripe

        Yeah, Peekytoe..WTF? These are cruddy pain- in-the-ass- when-you-are-flounder-fishing rock crabs. I always brought a hammer along so I could smash them into oblivion before kicking them off the wharf for the gulls to enjoy. The magic of marketing. I laugh whenever I see peekytoe on the menu in NYC or Boston.
        And they ain't so tasty anyhoo.

        1. re: Big Fat Moe

          I agree that Peekytoe is just a clever marketing name but they taste great just the same. I've been eating them for over 30 years and think they are much better than lobster and a lot cheaper. At least one seafood store in portland sells them live for about $1.50/pound. Lobstermen used to throw them back but not anymore.

          Years ago almost nobody in the Northeast ate squid. The only name it went by was squid and most of it was shipped out of the country. Then someone started calling it calamari and demand took off.