Stone Crab Season Opens Today!

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Stone Crab Claws

Stone Crab Claws, Peace River Seafood, Punta Gorda, Fla.

I’m so excited! Stone crab season opens today, Oct. 15, in Florida and runs through May 15, 2011. Why am I excited? Because these tasty claws are sweet treasures from the sea and my favorite seafood menu item. Best of all, the entire stone crab doesn’t need to be sacrificed to enjoy it.

When crabbers gather them, one of the claws is broken off and the rest of the stone crab, with its other claw, is thrown back in the water. This is definitely a renewable Florida seafood and a popular one at that.

Check out Terry Tomalin’s article in the St. Petersburg Times called, “Take a Claw, A Stone Crab Will Grow Another” to learn more.

Where can you find me this weekend? If things go according to plan, I’ll be at Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, Fla., enjoying these seafood jewels.

When traveling to Florida, stone crab claws are a must. Check out the other foods of the Sunshine State I recommend in this article, “Savoring the Flavor of Your Florida Vacation.”

Peace River Seafood
5337 Duncan Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33982-1737
Tel: 941-505-8440

Peace River Seafood is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., but if you want blue crabs, get there before 7 p.m., they don’t serve them after that (because they are a lot of work to crack open, not like the stone crabs). Reservations not taken. Dress is casual. On site is a seafood market, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening and closing times subject to change, contact the restaurant.

Check out my review on my other blog, Quirky Kitsch Girl’s View.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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