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Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

No, many distributers that say they don't freeze their claws are not telling the truth. The crab has a cooked shelf like of about 36 hours if not frozen. It is almost logistically impossible for the crab to be cooked, chilled, distributed to a restaurant, then resold to the general public within that time period. All the bacteria makes the claw break down much faster than most land based proteins.

Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

Stone crab is caught by catching the crab then pulling off one claw and throwing the crab back into the ocean. Stone crabs regenerate the claw.

Most seafood when caught you catch the entire animal. You can keep other seafood alive in fishing wells and cook it or kill it when needed.

When the claw becomes unattached to the stone crab, the protein immediately starts to decay which is why it needs to be cooked immediately.

Edited to add: I do not know for sure about Alsaskan Crab but it is my understanding that it is also cooked then frozen so it cannot be shipped fresh.

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Yes, that's it :)

Oct 31, 2014
BlueHerons in Home Cooking

Cheap/Bent Restaurant Flatware

I'm sorry that doesn't make any sense does it? What I'm trying to say is that if the initial cost of a fork is $5, when you replace it you have to buy an entire box of forks which would run $60 for twelve. So it isn't the cost of the one fork but the replacement cost.

Sorry for the confusion.

Oct 31, 2014
BlueHerons in Not About Food

Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

Hi Chowhound Team, yes, would be happy to. My husband was with corporate OSI for 15 years, then went on to consulting for ten, ran a small upscale chain (14 restaurants) out of SWF, and recently took over as DOO for a chain out of South Florida. Due to some really flaky responses I've gotten in the past (you can see my history) from 'foodies', I'd rather not say exactly where now. If you inbox me, I'd be happy to share the details. Again, my knowledge comes from first hand experience not google. Many, many suppliers claim that their claw crabs are not frozen but that is logistically impossible unless a restaurant has its own fishing boat.

Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

Keep thinking that. I see you get your information from google whereas I get my information firsthand.

You are completely wrong.

In a perfect world, the stone crab would not be frozen, however the chance for product loss is just too high.

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Mise en place means 'set up' so you wouldn't need to put mini in front of it.

Oct 29, 2014
BlueHerons in Home Cooking

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

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Oct 29, 2014
BlueHerons in Home Cooking

Cheap/Bent Restaurant Flatware

It isn't the initial price of the flatware, it is the replacement cost. You'd be surprised how much flatware gets thrown into the linen bins by bussers and dish guys.

The flip side is that you can pick up flatware cheaply by the pound from linen companies.

Oct 29, 2014
BlueHerons in Not About Food

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Hahaha! No, he didn't see your demo but along with his culinary degree has a biology degree so the French fry thing appealed to his science nerd side. He started doing research about fifteen years ago when an hours time between potato blanches yielded completely different results.

Oct 27, 2014
BlueHerons in Home Cooking

Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

Joes Stone crabs are frozen and all commercial fisherman freeze them. They would loose too much of their harvest if they don't. It is industry standard.

I suggest going and talking to a few of the commercial fishermen. They could give a rip that you want them fresh and not frozen.

My husband runs a chain of restaurants in South Florida and routinely purchases thousands of pounds per season. I do know what I'm talking about.

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Reading through this entire thread, as the wife of a very successful chef/restaurateur and the daughter of fourth generation restaurateurs, a mise en place in the home seems silly unless you are cooking a multi course meal for the masses. A mise en place is in place for line cooks making the same dishes 200 times a night.

I do agree with buying your knives from a restaurant supply. Also, we've never bought 'good' pots and pans. I tell everyone to buy the heavy duty aluminum pots and pans from Sams or a restaurant supply. That is all you'll ever see in any professional kitchen. The "professional" cookware from William Sonoma or some other place will do nothing but help you part with your money.

Also, French fries. Potatoes are harvested once a year. It is impossible to get the Ph levels in potatoes perfect enough for French fries except for about 20 weeks out of the year. Buy frozen.

Oct 27, 2014
BlueHerons in Home Cooking

Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

Joes freezes their stone claw crab. I know this for a fact.

Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

All stone crab claws are frozen. By law, they are caught, immediately cooked, then frozen.

Reco on the way to FLL airport?

Agree that Johnny Vs is not casual and I'm not really a fan. If you are going to stroll down Las Olas, here are my recommendations (I live a half block off Las Olas):

Roccos Tacos (owned by the Big City people)
Fork & Balls (meatballs)
Sweet Nectar (Southern Tapas)
Big City Tavern
Lobster Bar
Royal Pig
Timpanos

The thing about Las Olas is that people will jump on the water taxi in their bathing suit and cover up and the street just isn't that casual. Seeing someone in a bathing suit at 401 Grill or even the Cheesecake Factory is kind of weird. Some of the restaurants on Las Olas including Johnny Vs are very nice.

Best Meatballs /meatball hero in Ft Lauderdale?

Fork & Balls on Las Olas is very good.

Restaurant checking your belongings

Strollers are not allowed in aisles because it is against fire code. The Fire Marshall will fine you or shut down your restaurant.

Need Expert/Local Help for Miami Beach Wedding Dinners

Micheal's Genuine never disappoints.

Dirt cheap (yet quality) lunch/dinner in Fort Lauderdale?

Shuck n Dive, while very good, is not inexpensive. My husband and I had lunch there yesterday and two cups of gumbo, to entrees, and four beers with tip was $75. While we ate a lot, it isn't cheep. Still it is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

Cafe Boulud

Call the hotel and make sure the restaurant is still Café Boulud. We were just there a couple of weeks ago to go out to dinner with friends who were staying at the hotel and they said Café Boulud pulled out of the Brazillian Court. We didn't bother to check that out even though we were three feet from the restaurant.

18% Gratuity Included...Wha???

You are correct. It can no longer be labeled as a gratuity but must be service charge.

To the OP, in South Beach there would not be a single server working if they couldn't add gratuity. Europeans are HORRIBLE tippers.

Where do the locals eat in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

Gran Forno-go to the bakery on Las Olas not the restaurant. Go early, once they sell out of sandwiches that is it for the day.
Foxy Brown
Coconuts
Bettys
Roccos Tacos
Floridian
Sweet Nectar
Big City Tavern
Lobster Bar
Timpanos
Johnny V
Royal Pig
Bokampers

There is a dive Cuban place almost on the corner of Sunrise and Andrews that is a walk up that has the best Cuban and Cuban coffee on the planet. Can't think of the name even tho I've been there multiple times.

MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH MUST TRY RESTAURANTS

I'm surprised so many are recommending Joes Stone Crab. It is overpriced and has relied on its 1950s reputation since then. If you want stone crab, go to Montys for happy hour.

Upscale Cuban restaurant in Miami or Miami Beach?

Havana 57 is my favorite new Cuban.

Las Olas Blvd. Anywhere worth trying?

Touristy? Not really.
Lobster Bar
YOLO
Royal Pig
Big City Tavern
Roccos Tacos
Sweet Nectar

Ft. Lauderdale dinner, not far from music club on SW 3rd Avenue????

Foxy Brown is excellent.

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

Jeff McInnes left Yardbird.

Cuban restaurant - Versailles or somewhere else

My new favorite is Havana 1957. It's like eating at my sister's mother in law's house.

Pre-cruise stay in FLL

Le Tub isn't on the beach, it is on the Intracoastal Waterway. Horrible service but decent burger. If they are busy, they won't let you order anything but the burger.

Big City Tavern on Las Olas is excellent.

Fort Lauderdale

I live off Las Olas and walk by there all the time. The menu is super expensive. As the other poster mentioned, they are never busy when all the other restaurants are. Doesn't look too great for them but I hope they do well.