Best seafood restaurants, claw markets

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Stone crab season in Florida arrived on Friday and will continue through May 1.

Notice to lovers of stone crab claws: Even though the season started on Friday, seafood restaurants and markets had claws available on Saturday October 16th.

Why? As famous seafood restaurant and market Cod & Capers Seafood explains on the restaurant’s Facebook page: “Fishermen are allowed to start trapping at dawn on Friday. The claws must then be harvested, cooked, chilled, graded and transported.

Fresh Florida Crab Claws, A Mini-Guide:

Where to dine, buy or order fresh stone crab claws? You have options – here are a few. (You may want to ask for market prices and varieties before you go.)

In Palm Beach County:

Seafood market and cod and caper coffee: Check the restaurant’s website for more information on Stone Crab Dinner Specials. – 1201 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561-622-0963,

Outclaws (wholesale/retail seafood market): Currently taking pre-orders for pickup or shipping. According to the marketplace’s Facebook page, the earliest shipping date is Monday, October 18. Place your order as soon as they tend to sell out. – 1335 Old Dixie Highway, Lake Park, 561-596-7288, Outclaws LLC on Facebook

Captain Clay and Sons Seafood Market – 308 NE Fourth St., Delray Beach, 561-266-2068,

Fresh stone crabs displayed by Independent Seafoods in West Palm Beach during a previous harvest season.

Independent Seafood – 5300 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, 561-586-2212,

Gourmet Galaxy (catering, refueling at the quay, sidewalk by appointment) – 905 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561-835-0338,

In Broward County:

Triare Seafood – 2046 McKinley St., Hollywood, 954-921-1113,

Peter’s Florida Seafood – Offers next day delivery, excluding weekends and holidays, 1-800-865-CRAB (2722),

In Miami-Dade County:

All Joe's Stone Crab delivery packages include mustard sauce and bibs.

Joe’s Stone Crab – In addition to the restaurant, the state stone crab titan offers a take-out market and delivery via FedEx overnight; 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-0365,

In the Treasure Coast:

Adventure Seafood (seafood market selling only wild-caught seafood) – 2560 SE Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach, 772-225-5102,

Laura Lordi is the digital/food and food editor for the Palm Beach Post. Contact Lordi at 561-542-6249 or [email protected]. Instagram: @LauraD Lordi

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