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Where are some good spots in Fort Myers or Fort Myers Beach to have stone crab? I know the season doesn't start until after Oct. 15th.

Thanks. Psychman

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  1. Fishmonger restaurant. Wouldn't have anything else there, however. Very basic, very old restaurant but they have good local source. Restaurant is usually closed for the summer and opens specifically for Stone Crab season.

    http://www.thefishmongerrestaurant.com/

    At the other end of the scale is Trulucks...have to drive to Naples though.

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    1. re: LilMsFoodie

      Fishmonger gets my vote. I like Skip One Seafood but I tried stone crabs there twice last season and they were obviously previously frozen. The texture was not good and the meat stuck to the shell (a sure sign of frozen meat).
      I hate to admit it (because I hate the place), Pinchers isn't a bad choice either. They go through enough of them that the inventory is always fresh. We went there a couple of weeks ago and the Stone Crabs were sweet and easily came right out of the shell.

    2. Skip One in Ft. Myers on 41 is where you want to go during stone crab season. For 17.99 you get a pound of stone crabs (medium or large claws) a salad and a side - the sides aren't great but if you order the fries crispy it does the trick. They also have incredibly creamy NE Clam Chowder that I find really interesting. By far and away the creamiest clam chowder I have ever had which is not in and of itself a good thing but it's a quality, interesting take on NE Clam Chowder...Stone crabs in SW Florida are incredible - they are the one thing you need to get when you come down here (assuming it's stone crab season), they are our indigenous contribution to culinary culture and they are delicious. Too many chains in Ft. Myers and everyone clamors to them like they are giving away free gold and high powered wheelchairs - people who care about food down here need to do a better job of supporting the few excellent mom and pop owned restaurants that we have, of which skip one is a perfect example.

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      1. re: ilikefood7

        I totally agree that Skip One is the best place for stone crabs in Fort Myers - no other place compares. I don't agree with Suzie that the stone crabs are ever frozen - they catch their claws daily and when they run out (which they often do) then too bad. They also offer a variety of sizes - medium, large and jumbo, and even the medium size contain a ton of meat. They are precracked which helps and with a side of mustard sauce its divine. Skip One gets my vote!!

        1. re: foodiefoodgood

          Well foodiefoodgood, on my last try of Stone Crabs at Skip One I asked the server if they were frozen and she wasn't sure. She offered to get me something else (she saw how much the meat was sticking to the shells) and I said no. From that, I can only assume that sometimes they are. I like Skip One for just about everything else but I will not waste my money on Stone Crabs there when there is a chance they might have been frozen.

          A lot of places do start with fresh claws at the start of season and with the excitement of Stone Crab Season they will go through many pounds of them regularly. Unfortunately after the excitement dies down and/or the prices are a little too high for it to be something people can afford often, some inventories will be frozen so not to waste what was purchased.

          1. re: Suzie

            I thought the "sticky meat" syndrome was due to over cooking. After being told that, I've cooked previously frozen SC claws (just barely heated them through in a steamer) with good luck.

            1. re: PoppiYYZ

              No, over cooking doesn't cause "sticky meat" but as you found out you can reheat frozen claws so they come out nicely but unfortunately not a lot of places can take the time to do that. The usually just pull them out of the freezer and let them thaw since most people do not like warm claws.

              1. re: Suzie

                Thanks Suzie,

                Last year I was very disappointed with the poor availability of SCs in March / April and I didn't get my fill. How is the Stone Crab season going this year (ie. trapping, not baseball) ?

                1. re: PoppiYYZ

                  March and April are not the best time for Stone Crab claws. Season starts October 15th and ends May 15th. First 3 months are better.

                  1. re: LilMsFoodie

                    Any word on this years harvest ?