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Florida Stone Crabs in Southern California

Old Apr 6, 21, 6:16 pm
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Florida Stone Crabs in Southern California

Just curious if anyone has a recommended spot, other than Truluck's in San Diego, for Florida stone crabs anywhere in Southern California?
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Old Apr 6, 21, 6:48 pm
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Serious question. What is the different between Florida stone crab claws, which I know and love, and Pacific stone crab claws which I have yet to taste.

I've seen some companies in Santa Barbara that sell the west coast variety.

https://www.sbfish.com/
https://shellfishco.com/
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Old Apr 6, 21, 7:02 pm
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My chef neighbor occasionally has them on his meal delivery menus. I'm sure that they will be able to accommodate a special order.

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Old Apr 6, 21, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
Serious question. What is the different between Florida stone crab claws, which I know and love, and Pacific stone crab claws which I have yet to taste.

I've seen some companies in Santa Barbara that sell the west coast variety.

https://www.sbfish.com/
https://shellfishco.com/
The Santa Barbara version looks similar to a different kind of hard shell crab I used to have at the casino buffet back in Pompano Beach - I can't remember the name, but those shells were almost impossible to open and I have the scars to prove it. The shells are rough and bumpy, while the Florida crab claws are smooth and glassy and there is a difference in taste.

Truluck's had the all you can eat in pre-virus years, but this year they want $7.50 per each medium claw, so if I go by my usual 15-18 AYCE total, that would be $135 for the dinner, or about $40 more than what they charged before. Not the end of the world, but their location is a long haul from Riverside.
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