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best market / vendor to buy stone crabs from? price/quality

1newyorkguy Apr 26, 2011 10:17 PM

Looking for claws that are unfrozen of course. I saw Whole Foods had some for around 18/lb. Has anyone found any good deals anywhere? I've heard stories about people selling on the side of the street.

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  1. CFByrne RE: 1newyorkguy Apr 27, 2011 05:03 AM

    Where are you at, this board covers about 150 miles!

    Beware roadside vendors, they may be selling what I've heard are called "lights". These are claws of normal size but when you open them, there's barely any meat in them.

    You can tell by knocking two against each other (or some solid object). If there's a hollow sound, avoid. It should feel full and solid.

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      1newyorkguy RE: CFByrne Apr 27, 2011 04:28 PM

      I'm in Plantation but can drive 20 - 30 minutes.

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        Bigstu99 RE: CFByrne May 4, 2011 10:41 AM

        Lorenzo's Italian market 164 and dixie or Delaware Chicken Farms 441 across from the old Seminole in Hollywood.

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        Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant
        1121 S Federal Hwy, Dania, FL 33004

      2. CFByrne RE: 1newyorkguy Apr 27, 2011 05:05 AM

        Probably the best true bargains you're going to get would be right at a dock. I used to go to a hidden place on the Miami River where they unloaded the boats etc. But that was 15 years ago. There are similar places in the Keys, and no doubt over in Chokoloskee etc.

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          pilches RE: 1newyorkguy Apr 27, 2011 06:35 AM

          We always buy our from Triar in Hollywood and they are fresh and delicious. Their prices are much lower than Whole Foods.

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            DolceFarNiente RE: pilches Apr 27, 2011 08:32 AM

            I almost always get them at Delaware - their Colossals run at $35 a pound - with 2 to the pound that's a meal in itself!!

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