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fresh stone crabs anywhere?

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

    1. 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. 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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        1. re: Porthos

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

            1. re: monku

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

              1. re: monku

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

                Brain flatulence.

            2. 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. 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.

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

                  1. 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

                      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

                    2. Hungry Cat had them last night.

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

                      1. 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

                        1. 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

                          1. 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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