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sokojojn Jun 25, 2010 08:51 AM

Anyone know where one can buy live crabs in the Bucks/Montco area? By the dozen or bushel. Used to see places with signs or trucks by the side of the road occasionally, but not recently.

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    sommrluv Jun 25, 2010 10:53 AM

    Bucks County Seafood has ads for live crabs.

    1. PattiCakes Jun 25, 2010 10:56 AM

      I work with a few live crabs and would be happy to sell them to you (grin).

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        givemecarbs Jun 25, 2010 12:11 PM

        LOL! Good one Patti! Assi Plaza has all manner of live seafood year round, including crabs.

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          crazyspice Jun 25, 2010 01:20 PM

          Patti, you are so damn funny! Carbs is correct. Assi is the place to go.

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            wubar Jun 25, 2010 04:30 PM

            Just a heads up, the majority of crabs sold at ASSI are female crabs (this tends to be the norm when blue crabs are sold in Asian supermarkets). I've purchased some from them in the past, but they tend to run on the small side. Price wise though, they don't even compare to what you would pay elsewhere.

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              sokojojn Jun 27, 2010 07:56 AM

              Thanks for all the replies. A co-worker had asked where to get them. There seems to be fewer places than there were years ago.

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          Kater Jun 27, 2010 01:28 PM

          I got them from Assi last week and while they were small (small enough that I am crossing my fingers that the fish and wildlife guys don't wander in...) they were feisty, clean and delicious.

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            xtian Jun 28, 2010 08:57 AM

            Personally, I'd skip Assi... When I have checked their stock the crabs have been very small and not moving. Also, they are not truly blue crabs, if that is what you are looking for (check the underside of their shell and you'll see the difference).

            I'm a serious crab lover and the best place I've found is just over the border of Montgomery County, in Philly on Washington Lane, just off Ogontz. It's called Pike's Corner and they have a variety of live crabs of various sizes, by the dozen or by the bushel. This weekend, they had them for $6, $5, or $4 per crab-- and better prices in quantity. I've ordered there several times now and have been happy with the result-- they are meaty, heavy crabs. And right now they are coming in from MD, which definitelty have a sweeter crab meat than anywhere else. I'd also add that they are clean crabs and don't have that tarry underside that I frequently have found when getting crabs in NJ.

            Pike's Corner will steam your crabs for you at no extra cost, but an extra 20-25 minute wait. Their seasoning isn't quite an old bay, but a little more like a Lousiana crawfish/crab boil-- much heavier on the red pepper and not so much celery seed/salt.

            They also have a variety of other fish, side salads, and prepared seafood. Only other thing I've tried is the crab cake and the macaroni salad, which were both good.

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              Kater Jun 28, 2010 09:19 AM

              What sort of crabs to you think they are?

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                xtian Jun 28, 2010 11:31 AM

                My husband, a chef, calls them flower crabs and says they are from Asia. I don't know if that is correct, but found this on wiki:
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portunus...

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                  Philly Ray Jun 28, 2010 12:21 PM

                  Based on that picture, you can tell from the top they are "different" from local crabs.

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                    sokojojn Jun 30, 2010 04:44 AM

                    Once again thanks for the good responses. Will have to try Pike's.

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                    Kater Jul 4, 2010 12:23 PM

                    Those are definitely not the crabs I'm talking about. I've never seen them at Assi and I'm there at least twice a week. When you see them please send out an alert because I would love to get some!

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                      sommrluv Oct 10, 2010 01:56 PM

                      There were live crabs at Assi today...for .99 a lb! I just got a few and I'm going to experiment. They were certainly alive and very feisty.

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                shellbellc Jun 29, 2010 02:12 PM

                There is a new place in Collegeville, right near Trappe Tavern. I can't recall the name, but you go there to get fresh crabs and crab cakes. You take everything home and cook there. I believe the same company has a place up in Douglassville.

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                  Kater Jul 4, 2010 12:27 PM

                  Captain Chuck's crab cakes. I've never seen live crabs there but I really like their shrimp. It is very difficult to find wild caught shrimp in that area and they have them. If you make an arrangement ahead of time they will sell you raw wild caught shrimp by the pound. If you stop in they will sell you cooked shrimp or you can get five pounds frozen. They sell a great mustard horseradish sauce to go with. Regarding the crab cakes, the premium varieties were really high quality and the people are very nice but I have to say that I find their crab cakes really bland and underseasoned. You really need the sauces to go with.

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                  Whinerdiner Jun 30, 2010 06:50 AM

                  I am a crab lover! Unfortunately, I don't know of any places in Bucks or Montgomery County, but, I can point you to crab happiness.

                  The best place to get live crabs (that I know of) is Grabby's in Westville, NJ. It's just over Walt Whitman Bridge. You can get them by the bushel, dozen, etc. They have all sizes, from tiny to crabzilla, and they have them year round, not just in the summer. There is a restaurant in the front and a storefront in the back. If you make the drive, definitely get a few bags of their seasoning - one for the pot, one for the table, and one to use for cooking. It's on the order of Old Bay, but way better. Who knew crab spice works great as a rub on pork!

                  I love going to Grabby's. The owners, a father and sons, make you feel welcome. I always feel well taken care of when we leave. I'm originally a Jersey Girl, and have been going there for years. Our family will keep crossing the bridge for great crabs and a friendly visit.

                  There is also Hadfield's Seafood in Chaddsford, on Route 202. They, too, have live seafood, but it's been a few years since I've been there. There was a time when we tried to find live crabs closer to home, but my crabs never tasted right without that darned seasoning!!!

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                    urbanfabric Jul 2, 2010 07:58 AM

                    I'm glad to see a rec for Grabby's... I pass it on my way home from work sometimes and wondered about it. Do they have other good seafood offerings there as well?

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                      Whinerdiner Jul 2, 2010 12:45 PM

                      Yes and no. They will order anything you want, lobsters, soft shells, etc, any size you want. So if you're hosting a party, or having a craving, give them a call. But crabs really are their thing.

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                    Unkle Al Jul 2, 2010 07:01 AM

                    I would recommend Heller's Seafood in Warrington at 611 and Bristol road in a strip center. They have some of the most beautiful seafood that I have seen. It is a little expensive but the selection and quality can't be beaten.

                    http://www.hellersseafood.com/

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                      teddybare Jul 3, 2010 06:36 AM

                      Bucks County Seafood on Route 313 in Dublin advertises live crabs!

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                      knifespoon Jul 5, 2010 01:06 PM

                      You can get all the crabs, live or cooked, at Dom's Seafood, 3975 Bristol Pike (Route 13) in Bensalem, PA that's Bucks County. Carries a lot of other seafood also. The telephone 215-639-1965

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                        RileyRegan Jul 5, 2010 07:50 PM

                        There's a great place in Bucks, specifically in Morrisville off Route 1 called Scales & Tails Seafood. They sell live crabs, as well as steamed. They sell ajust as they advertise- Large Crabs mean LARGE CRABS! Very heavy and meaty! Check them out!

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                          cwdonald Jul 6, 2010 08:18 AM

                          There is a place in Trevose (not sure if its Trevose, Bensalem or Feasterville, but just over the Bucks Co line) on Route 1 before you get to the PA Turnpike Interchange. American Crab Company. Has been there for years. Have not used it, but they have signs saying live crabs.

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