Rare Stone Crabs Arrive at Del Frisco's
By Scott Kearnan
October 14, 2013
The B-52s sang about "Rock Lobster." (Insert: surf rock guitar riff.) Us? We're singing the praises of stone crab, a sweet but firm crab meat that's very hard to find outside Florida, where it's considered something of a delicacy. But Del Frisco's will be flying in stone crab claws from the Keys to Boston's Seaport beginning October 17; cracked fresh to order and served with a Dijon sauce, they'll be available through the end of May.
So precious are these unique critters, their treatment is vigilantly guarded by Florida regulations. The tasty claws must be cooked fresh on the dock immediately after each harvest, before being chilled and delivered to restaurants. They're also a somewhat sustainable seafood choice, as only one claw (meeting a 2.75-inch-long minimum) is harvested from each crab, which is then returned to the sea so it can regenerate its lost limb and live to serve again. We've never been so happy to feel so crabby (617-951-1368).