Frenchy's Original Cafe wins Readers' Choice award

Readers vote Clearwater restaurant the best for stone crab

Florida seafood lovers know that the sweetest meat to come from the sea comes from stone crabs. Stone crab season runs from mid-October to mid-May, when nearly all harvested claws are pulled from the warm waters off Florida’s Gulf Coast. Unlike other crabs, only the claws of the stone crab are typically served–cooked, chilled and cracked with a mustard-based sauce for dipping. Since stone crabs can regenerate their claws, they’re a sustainable source of seafood. These 10 restaurants are known for serving up the best, freshest stone crab claws in the state.

  • Frenchy's Original Cafe
    Clearwater Beach

    While Frenchy’s Original Cafe in Clearwater Beach might be best known for its Super Grouper sandwich, the quaint eatery also serves fresh Florida stone crab claws when they’re in season.
    Photo courtesy of Frenchy's Original Cafe / Facebook

  • Kirk Fish Company
    Goodland

    Kirk Fish specializes in fresh caught gulf stone crab, caught daily throughout the season. Visitors can buy cooked and chilled claws by the pound in four different sizes – medium, large, jumbo and colossal – served with melted butter or homemade mustard sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Kirk Fish Company / Facebook

  • Key Largo Fisheries
    Key Largo

    Diners at Key Largo Fisheries can purchase fresh caught, cooked and chilled stone crab claws by the pound or in the form of a warming stone crab chowder.
    Photo courtesy of Key Largo Fisheries / Facebook

  • Pinchers
    Multiple Locations

    Pinchers locations in Florida serve fresh stone crab claws with their popular creamy mustard dipping sauce seasoned with Old Bay.
    Photo courtesy of Pinchers / Facebook

  • Joe's Stone Crab
    Miami

    Crab lovers in Miami Beach love Joe’s Stone Crabs, where the sustainably sourced stone crab claws are served chilled and cracked with mustard sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Joe's Stone Crab

  • Star Fish Company
    Cortez

    The stone crab claws served at Star Fish Company in Cortez are sourced from local crabbers who have been in the business for decades. Other restaurant specialties include Florida pompano and grilled mahi mahi.
    Photo courtesy of Star Fish Company

  • Sails Restaurant
    Naples

    Diners at Sails Restaurant in Naples have a variety of house-made dipping sauces to choose from when ordering stone crab claws – mango mustard (the most popular), apple mustard and lemon herb aioli.
    Photo courtesy of Sails Restaurant

  • Get Hooked Grill
    Hudson

    Get Hooked has their own fishing fleet to pull fresh seafood straight from the gulf. Florida stone crab claws make an appearance on the menu of the Hudson Beach seafood spot throughout the season.
    Photo courtesy of Get Hooked Grill / Facebook

  • Bern's Steak House
    Tampa

    The seafood menu at Bern’s Steak House changes regularly to reflect what’s fresh and in season, and that includes stone crab. This Tampa restaurant skips the middle man when sourcing their seafood to make sure it’s shipped directly to the kitchens.
    Photo courtesy of Bern's Steak House

  • Oystercatchers
    Tampa

    You don’t have to be a guest at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay to enjoy fresh stone crabs from Oystercatchers restaurant at dinner during the season.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Alexcrab

The top 10 winners in the category Best Stone Crab in Florida are as follows:

  1. Frenchy's Original Cafe - Clearwater Beach
  2. Kirk Fish Company - Goodland
  3. Key Largo Fisheries - Key Largo
  4. Pinchers - Multiple Locations
  5. Joe's Stone Crab - Miami
  6. Star Fish Company - Cortez
  7. Sails Restaurant - Naples
  8. Get Hooked Grill - Hudson
  9. Bern's Steak House - Tampa
  10. Oystercatchers - Tampa

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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