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Old 02-12-2019, 08:02 AM
 
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Hi all,

We're going to be making a trip to see some friends up in JAX. As a gift, I want to bring something that is a flavor of Naples/SW Florida. I cannot think of anything better than some of our stone crab claws. Who knows a place to get these as fresh and as economically as possible. I understand there are many restaurants with so called fish markets attached (Deep Lagoon, Pinchers, Nemos, etc.) but as far as I'm concerned, they're not real fish markets...just eye candy to get that extra overpriced buy from tourists.

Where do most people to source these delicacies from as close to the fisherman as possible? When I lived in Lauderdale, there used to be a few fishmongers attached right to the docks where the captains brought in their catch. Any such operations around in Collier?

Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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Either Grims or Ernest in Everglades City....
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:35 AM
 
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Stone crab claws have to be cooked immediately. The crabbers either use steam or boil them. We used to buy "floaters" from a guy on Chokoloskee who boiled his catch. You might try down there or in Everglades City and get them processed right off the boat.

Naplesfan
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:38 AM
 
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I got the Yeti cooler for fishing and such. Big, heavy and expensive but does an awesome job. They have cooler bags and such. I have taken trips where the drive was a 2-day affair, suff in the Yeti held up super well. Having the Yeti is handy esoecially when the power is out as long as I keep it closed stuff with ice is good for a long time.

Enjoy your time with your friends and eating those crabs!
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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I understand there are many restaurants with so called fish markets attached (Deep Lagoon, Pinchers, Nemos, etc.) but as far as I'm concerned, they're not real fish markets...just eye candy to get that extra overpriced buy from tourists.
I don't know about the others you mentioned, but the family behind Pinchers actually owns a 50% stake in Island Crab Company on Pine Island (St. James City) so they really are bringing them to the restaurants "fresh off the boat": https://www.pinchersusa.com/pinchers-story.php

Island Crab Website: Island Crab Company

There are also a couple of seafood markets in Matlacha (also Pine Island area) - Island Seafood Market (Island Seafood Market - Matlacha, FL | (239) 283-2525) and Barnhill Seafood Market (https://barnhillseafoodmarket.com/) if you wanted to compare prices between them and Pinchers to see if it's worth the drive.
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:40 PM
 
Location: collier county, fl
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Check out the link I've posted below: Kirk's in Goodland I know they have stonecrab. I was there last saturday, but left after seeing their prices. I'd have to win the lottery... or at least expect them to cook, serve and clean up after at those prices. But their prices are typical of everywhere else around.
Good luck.

Kirk Fish Company | Fresh Seafood Market

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Old Today, 09:40 PM
 
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Awesome info folks....thank you!
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