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Are there any restaurans in the area that serve Marland-style crabs? Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. do u mean fried soft shell?
    or steamed blue crabs?

    or crab cakes?

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    1. re: srsone

      Sorry I should have been more specific. I meant steamed blue crabs. Thanks for responding!

      1. re: booamy13

        the kinds of crabs with the spices on their shells, and they're dumped on your table top and you're given a wooden mallet to go to town??? (sigh) wow i miss those! used to get them at Sidewalker's in NYC, right across from the Dakota.

        I haven't seen them since i moved to Florida 5 years ago...but you've got my mouth watering now, maybe it's time for a trip north!

        1. re: Manderley

          Manderley, where in FL do you live? If you're not far from the Space Coast, there are several restaurants that you can get those as well as places where you can buy them and cook them yourself at home. Let me know.

          1. re: booamy13

            space coast??? i'm clueless in Tampa Bay! i knew NY like the back of my hand, but after 5 years in the sunshine state, i still need my gps to go anywhere, including to work and back!

            1. re: Manderley

              ha! Same here. It takes me an hour to get to Tarpon from Palm Harbor.

              1. re: DoubleBurger

                omg DB, you are worse than me!

              2. re: Manderley

                space coast refers to the cape canaveral area...atlantic coast
                other side of the state from tampa...which is the gulf coast

                like if some one says "the lake" they mean lake okeechobee..

                1. re: srsone

                  and if someone says "the city", they mean New York! ;)

              3. re: booamy13

                Oooh, do tell! I live in St Pete, but will gladly drive across the state for blue crabs served as Manderley describes!
                Used to live in Daytona Beach (a LONG time ago) and there was a great place there that just dropped them on the table, but haven't found anything like that in a while.

                1. re: monadelmar

                  There's Ozzie's which is on Rt. 1 in Palm Bay on the Indian River and then there's the Eau Gallie River Crab House which is also on Rt. 1 (N. Harbor City Blvd.) which is also on the Indian River. I've never been to Ozzie's but have been to the Eau Gallie River Crab House. The one in Palm Bay is south of 192 on Rt. 1 and the latter is north of 192 on Rt. 1. Tony's Seafood is in Grant and they sell live blue crab by the dozen but I would definitely call and order them first. Enjoy!

                  I should add that I am not sure if either one of them actually drops them by the bushel on a table but you can definitely order them and they are cooked in Old Bay so the taste is still the same.

                  1. re: monadelmar

                    road trip!!!

                    1. re: monadelmar

                      mmm the ones i used to get at Sidewalker's, you could order mild, medium or spicy. the spices stick to your fingers as you tear the crabs apart and eat with your hands...so you transfer the spices to your mouth. first time the hard shells did a job on my hands, got a million little cuts like paper cuts, and the spices got in there and ow!! ow!! but sooo worth every bit. waiters give you a little crash course in how to tell a male from a female (it's all in the "key" on the underside of the shell) and how to get the crab open and clean out the feathery gills with your finger tips. add a nice side of cole slaw and some fried taters and you've got a feast...don't forget the ice cold beer.

                      1. re: Manderley

                        Well now you are just being cruel!
                        Seriously, this Ozzie' s place appears to do all-you-can-eat blues so I may be headed over there soon!
                        (Also, Manderley, I lived in the city myself in the late 80s to mid 90s. We should try to grab a drink some time and reminisce!)
                        --Stacey

                        1. re: monadelmar

                          i'm in, stacey :)
                          in real life, my name is ilene

                          1. re: monadelmar

                            Just got back from Ozzie's and they do have all you can blue crabs but it can get a little confusing because they have the regular spiced crabs which are less expensive than the garlic ones and then there are different sizes. If you do come be prepared to spend a chunk of change. We were a little confused about the prices and we ended up getting a dozen of the jumbo crabs and they were $65 plus a $3 sharing fee. If you think you can eat more than that it would make sense to get the all you can eat crabs for $40. Anyway, the crabs were good but we probably would not have ordered the jumbos if we had realized that the were $20+ more than the price for regular crabs.

                            1. re: booamy13

                              so....what you're saying is... bigger ISN'T better???

                              wow...what a concept....i have to lay down and try to assimilate this new information....

                              1. re: Manderley

                                I.C. Sharks, on the St. Pete side of the Gandy Bridge sells them all day long.

                                1. re: Old E.

                                  Thanks! I found their website and will forward this information to my friends who go there every March.