October marks the start of stone crab season in Miami—finally!
George Stone Crab claws at My Ceviche.
Ready, set… devour! Starting this month and lasting until May, the stone crab season is off and running. The crustaceans’ claws are harvested in Florida waters and delivered fresh to many local restaurants. Whether you favor dining on white tablecloths or at a hole-in-the-wall shop, these sweet, chilled crab limbs are every foodie’s backwater dream. Here is a look at some of Miami’s best spots for this local delicacy.
The Grandaddy of Claws Joe’s Stone Crab has become the unofficial institution for stone crabs and has served everyone from beach locals to Bill Clinton, Frank Sinatra, and Muhammad Ali. “What sets us apart from other stone crab eateries is our authenticity,” says COO and co-owner Steve Sawitz. The claws are still prepared the same way that Sawitz’s great-grand father and restaurant founder Joe Weiss devised how to serve them 93 years ago. 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0365
Luck of Brickell “We bring our stone crabs straight from our own fisheries,” says Truluck’s manager, Kim Vazquez. Every Monday during stone crab season, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat stone crabs for $99. Add some live music and fine-dining service, and you’ve got yourself a winning recipe. 777 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-579-0035
The Fully Monty Monty’s is one of the only restaurants to serve crab claws year-round. “When Florida crabs go out of season in May, we import fresh crab claws from the New England coast called Jonah crab claws,” says general manager Laurie Powell. We recommend hitting the raw bar happy hour between 4 and 8 pm for lively waterside dining along with a pile of fresh claws. 2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove, 305-856-3992
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market offers stone crab daily specials.
King George Consider George Stone Crab “stone crabs on wheels.” Founder and President Roger Duarte (who also owns My Ceviche, 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-960-7825) left a high-profile job as an investment banker and started the company by delivering fresh stone crab to his neighbors in Key Biscayne. “We do delivery straight from the ocean to your door in 24 hours,” notes George’s Victoria Calleja. Duarte’s mother is responsible for the now-famous mustard sauce. 800-273-2722
Dock to Dish Get as dirty as you like while you munch on those stone crabs, because Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market is all about fresh seafood and no frills. Located along the Miami River, Garcia’s stone crabs are straight off its own fishing boats. “We don’t freeze our claws, and we serve them fresh because that’s what the customers like,” says manager Juan Muchotrigo. Call ahead for stone crab daily specials. 398 NW North River Dr., Miami, 305-375-0765