________________ _____________ Sunday 2-28-2010 We are well supplied today with mediums, large and jumbos. ________________ Thursday 2-25-2010 We received plenty of medium, large and jumbo stone crabs today and have more in the pipeline for tomorrow. Sorry to miss a few days... been pretty busy here. Don't forget, even though we don't take reservations, we do take call aheads. Call ahead means when you're getting ready to come here give us a call and we'll put your name on the waiting list at that point in time. Then, when you arrive 30 or 40 minutes later, your name should be near the top. Just walk in and say, "How is the wait now for the (insert your name here) party coming along... that way, all the folks who DON'T read this blog won't be upset by you seemingly skipping right past them in line.
_______________ Sunday 2-21-2010 Got mediums stone crabs in today. Suddenly, it's not difficult to find top quality mediums but large and jumbos... not there right now... _______________ Saturday 2-20-2010 Just had to refuse a load of large and jumbo stone crabs. They were previously frozen. This means we will only have all you can eat on mediums, (which, interestingly, were fine, ie. never frozen). We'll be offering the large and jumbos left from yesterday's delivery as one and two pound dinners while they last.
_____________ Thursday 2-18-2010 Despite this persistent cold weather we got in more claws for tonight. These should last most of the night, but to be certain, if you're coming for stone crabs please don't wait until the latter part of the evening. I do have stone crabs lined up for tomorrow, I just don't know yet what's actually going to arrive. I'll let you know in the morning.
______________ Monday 2-15-2010 Wow, record setting day yesterday! We sold out of all stone crabs. We did just receive fresh mediums and fresh large and there's more plus jumbos in the pipeline for tomorrow. Price is down a tad. Let's hope that becomes a trend! :)
_____________ Sunday 2-14-2010 Happy Valentine's Day! :) We've got a delivery of stone crabs today that will mean all you can eat dinners on mediums and large plus one pound and two pound dinners on jumbos, large and mediums. It will be busy today, so be sure to call when you leave the house to get your name on the waiting list.
______________ Tuesday 2-9-2010 Have more fresh mediums, large and jumbos in today.
_______________ Thursday 2-4-2010 Got in a fair amount of medium, large and jumbos for tonight. We also have more of all of them lined up for tomorrow and supposedly more in the pipeline for Saturday and Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, it's Super Bowl Sunday. That means we are not very busy on Super Bowl Sunday. 25 Super Bowls for us tells me number 26 won't be that busy either but we do have a large flat screen TV at the bar and enough seats for a dozen people to enjoy crabs and Super Bowl at the bar, first come, first serve of course. Can't reserve bar seats.
______________ Tuesday 2-2-2010 Just got in a good amount of medium and large stone crabs. We will be offering all you can eat as well as one and two pound dinners.
______________ Sunday 1-31-2010 Sold out of stone crabs Sunday night. Don't know what is coming for Monday, more likely we'll see more stone crabs Tuesday.
______________ Friday 1-29-2010 Just got plenty of mediums, large and a few jumbos in. That means we're offering all you can eat dinners on mediums and large and one/two pound dinners for them all. Warm weather's back... sunny and 74 out there at noon right now. Time to go out and sit in the sun and read for a while. See y'all tonight! :)
______________ Thursday 1-28-2010 We are going to have all you can eat mediums and all you can eat large today. Thankfully, the weather has been a bit warmer and there are some stone crabs each day.
______________ Monday 1-25-2010 We have mediums and large available as one and two pound dinners... still waiting on word for tomorrow's delivery.
______________ Friday 1-22-2010 We got in mediums and large today and should have enough to offer all you can eat as well as one and two pound dinners for mediums and large.
_______________ Wednesday 1-20-2010 We are getting more stone crabs in today, but they're still scarce and the jumbos aren't in today's load at all. Interesting article in the Miami Herald about the effects of the cold weather that some think is affecting the supply of stone crabs as well: "But even denizens of the deeper, warmer waters of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean didn't escape the cold, said Jerry Ault, professor of marine biology and fisheries at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School, who oversees annual counts of bonefish and reef fish.
His research staff collected about 200 bonefish from the Florida Keys, he said. ``It wasn't just bonefish. It was grunt, snapper, pilchards, moray eel. When the water temperature drops below 50 degrees, that's reasonably lethal for most of these species.''
The duration of the cold and high winds worsened things, Ault said, pushing colder, heavier waters off shallow flats into deeper channels where fish typically seek warm refuge. ``Even the channels became a tomb,'' he said" Link to Herald.
_______________ Tuesday 1-19-2010 Just received a good amount of medium and large stone crab claws so we are offering them as all you can eat specials as well as one and two pound dinners. __________________ Monday night addendum: We're sold out tonight of stone crabs bu I just got word we should be getting a good size delivery tomorrow on mediums and large. Stay tuned... check in tomorrow for confirmation. they have been known to vanish mid-shipment.
_______________ Monday 1-18-2010 I am still waiting on what stone crabs, if any, will be coming tomorrow, Tuesday. When I hear, I will let everyone know here. Until then, I hope everyone enjoys the holiday today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and stops by tonight to order our all you can eat shrimp special for $16.95
______________ Sunday 1-17-2010 All we are going to have for stone crabs tonight are one and two pound dinners on mediums, large and jumbos on a first come basis. No stone crabs came in today. These claws are what remain from Saturday's delivery and it looks like there will be nothing for Monday based on this front passing through. The good news is we have plenty on Alaskan snow crab Legs for our regular Sunday special; all you can eat for $26.95.
____________ Thursday 1-14-2010 We have a good supply of mediums just in, a fair amount of large and a few jumbos. We will be offering all you can eat on the mediums and the large (as well as one and two pound dinners), but the jumbos will be offered only as one and two pound dinners.
______________ Wednesday 1-13-2010 Got fresh stone crab claws coming this morning. We'll be doing mediums and large as all you can eat as well as one and two pound dinners. We also have a few pounds of jumbos that will go as one and two pound dinners only. There's actually 2.75 lbs of colossal claws that came taking "everything" which I'm just going to mix in with those jumbos Wish we had more because we took everything this most reliable fish house had and still have no word from anyone else on more for tomorrow or Friday. I'll keep you posted here.
_______________ Tuesday 1-12-2010 Still no stone crabs for today but today is a bit warmer and the winds seem calm so maybe Wednesday. I'll keep you posted. We are offering the Sunday/Thursday Alaskan Snow crab Legs all you can eat special tonight for $27.95 since we have no Florida Stone crabs. ___________ Sunday 1-10-2010 Essentially, no stone crabs because of this cold weather. It's cold. It's not that Floridians have a problem with the cold. Indeed, anyone who resides for a time in Florida's tropical heat (I know, it's sub tropic for you detail freaks, but the actual climate due to ocean currents and trade winds is more tropical) begins to crave the cooler weather by the end of June. As September ends and October begins we all watch the weather patterns closely for that first cool front, hoping it will push down far enough for cooler weather to prevail for a spell.
All locals who weathered Hurricane Wilma recall waking that morning to a 60 degree cool front, a 28 degree drop in temperature which helped for a day or two to mitigate the power outage and the consequent lack of air conditioning.
Certainly, we all generally revel in the cooler weather for the day or two a cool snap lasts. Favorite sweaters have a chance to be worn and the power hungry central air units take a break as windows open to allow fresh, natural air conditioning. Cooking out and eating a nice dinner on the back deck is a pleasure rather than a cycle of dips into the pool to cool down. The air is clear and crisp with our magnificent star shining warmth down through clear azure sky.
When a really strong cool front settles over south Florida, many natives old enough to recall the January 19th, 1977 snow day in Fort Lauderdale wonder if they will live to see another such snow event and regale one another with tales of surfing the early morning swell off Boca Beach as snow flakes began to drift around the hardy surfer fleet formation waiting for the next set.
No, it's not that Floridians are cold weather wussies, but rather more that we know very well the pattern of cold spells and note with interest how so many accept the counterintuitive phenomenon of global warming producing icing conditions in tropical areas that probably haven't seen such weather patterns since the Pleistocene.
_____________ Saturday 1-9-2010 Sorry to report no stone crabs came in today and none are expected tomorrow. If you live down here you know the weather is pretty cold. There's a handful of mediums, large and jumbos left from yesterday that we';; offer as one and two pound dinners while they last.
___________ Friday 1-8-2010 Only a few mediums and a hand full of large and jumbos are in for today. We will have all you can eat on the mediums, but only single portion dinners for the large and jumbos. It's the cold, this intense cold keeps many crabbers from going out.
_______________ Thursday 1-7-2010 We have a good supply on mediums and large for today but the jumbos will have to stay as one and two pound dinners. For blog readers, ask for Joe, the manager on duty tonight, and he will evaluate on a case by case basis whether enough jumbos remain to do an all you can eat dinner.
_____________ Tuesday 1-5-2010 The stone crab truck should arrive sometime before noon today. I took everything they had which means we will have plenty of mediums to do all you can eat as well as one and two pound dinners. A few pounds of large, jumbos and a hand full of colossal claws will be offered as single portion meals while they last.
_____________ Monday 1-4-2010 Just got word there's stone crabs being brought into to the docks late tonight and should be in our kitchen Tuesday morning. The grading, weighing and icing down haven't happened yet so we don't know exactly what is coming but we are taking all they can bring. ...more later... _______________ Sunday January 3, 2010 Sorry to say we sold out of all stone crabs last night and it doesn't look like anyone has anything for us today. Still, it was a fantastic New Year's weekend and a great start to 2010. By the way, I've decided to say twenty-ten rather than two thousand ten. Twenty ten, twenty ten, twenty ten... come on, practice with me...