Stone crab season -- at least one of the top five reasons to live in South Florida -- kicked off in mid-October. If you're a fan of the meaty, jewel-like claws, you know that they're often as expensive as they are delicious. Which is a problem if you're into pounding them down the way fat kids eat cake.
No fear, claw fans. At least two local restaurants are offering all-you-can-eat deals on stone crab claws.
The first, Kitchen 305 (16701 Collins Ave.,
Sunny Isles Beach), runs its AYCE special each Wednesday night. The
cost is $35, and you get medium- to large-sized claws in batches of
five, plus New England clam chowder, wedge salad, bread, and choice of
two sides. Tax and gratuity is not included in the price. Call
305-949-1300 for more info.
Fort Lauderdale's newest swank Japanese/Thai/Peruvian restaurant/nightspot (confusing, yes?), Tokyo Blue
(4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale), is also offering an AYCE stone
crab special. The catch: This one is $49.95 and takes place only on
Sundays. You get the same medium to large claws, and some side dishes
yet to be disclosed (we've got a call in and will update ASAP). Just
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like at Kitchen 305, tax and gratuity will run you extra. It's an
expensive "deal," but if you're like me, it'll still be cheaper than
paying for the five or six pounds of stone crab claws you'd eat
elsewhere. Call 954-566-2122.