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fresh stone crabs anywhere?

1newyorkguy Dec 5, 2010 10:19 PM

restaurant or store?

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    Charles Pepper Dec 5, 2010 10:41 PM

    The closest I know of is Joe's Stone Crab in Vegas.

    1. wutzizname Dec 5, 2010 11:41 PM

      You might try Il Piccolino on Robertson. I know they have it on their menu, in season, each year. But not sure if they've started yet. And very pricey.

      Others known to have it are Buggy Whip and Kate Mantilini.

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      Il Piccolino
      350 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

      1. Porthos Dec 6, 2010 12:14 PM

        You can get live stonecrab at most 99 Ranch Markets year round. Judging by the claw appearance, I don't believe its the same breed that's used at Joe's Stone Crab.

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          Burger Boy Dec 6, 2010 04:24 PM

          Right you are because real stone crabs have their claws broken off and they are thrown back in the water to re-grow them.

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            monku Dec 6, 2010 07:13 PM

            Rock Crab? or Stone Crab?

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              monku Dec 6, 2010 07:22 PM

              99 Ranch has frozen stone crab claws, but they're crap.

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                Porthos Dec 7, 2010 08:42 AM

                Monku, You are absolutely correct. 99 Ranch has live ROCK crab and NOT Stone crab.

                Brain flatulence.

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                  monku Dec 7, 2010 09:11 AM

                  When a rock not a stone.

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                    Porthos Dec 7, 2010 09:13 AM

                    Exactly.

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              la2tokyo Dec 6, 2010 04:47 AM

              They had them at Water Grill when I was there last week, but I don't know if they were fresh or not. They should be for the price they were selling them at.

              1. wutzizname Dec 6, 2010 04:52 AM

                And I just saw some for sale at the Whole Foods on 3rd & Fairfax, but per redfish62's note, this is apparently not the season for them, which I assume means the ones available here now are definitely not fresh, and/or not from Florida. I have heard of a variety coming out of Santa Barbara, but no idea if those are anywhere near as good.

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                  bsktsngrvy Dec 6, 2010 05:26 AM

                  I had them at The Grill On The Alley a couple of weeks ago.

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                    Burger Boy Dec 6, 2010 08:43 AM

                    Santa Monica Seafood or Fish King in Glendale should have them r know when they are available. There are stone crabs from Mexico also.

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                    1. re: Burger Boy
                      The Chowhound Team Dec 6, 2010 03:02 PM

                      We split off a general discussion about stone crab seasons and sources to the General Food Topics board. It's here:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751773

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                      outshined Dec 6, 2010 11:46 AM

                      Hungry Cat had them last night.

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                      The Hungry Cat
                      1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                      1. ellaystingray Dec 7, 2010 06:39 PM

                        The Buggy Whip on La Tijera in Westchester has them. They are the only restaurant (at least this is what they say) that actually sources directly from Joe's farms in Florida. I've had them there in the past and they are very very good.

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

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                          PomsMoms Dec 10, 2010 12:18 AM

                          Fairly certain I saw them at the Quality Seafood in August/September (precooked, sitting on ice in the case by the crab tanks). Perhaps you can call and ask?

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                          Quality Seafood
                          130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

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                            trvlcrzy Jan 15, 2011 09:22 PM

                            There's the "local" stone crabs from Santa Barbara which is definitely not the Florida stone crabs. The local ones are also called stone crabs due to the shell hardness.

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                            1. re: trvlcrzy
                              monku Jan 17, 2011 03:53 PM

                              "Rock" crabs, not "Stone" crabs.
                              http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/status/r...

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