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On the Hunt: Stone Crab in Philly

Hard to find, but addicting if you do.

Ines Hegedus-Garcia

The Stone Crab's claw is regenerative, meaning it'll grow back once it's been ripped off for your consumption. It's meaty, especially if you can find those big, honkin' claws (they usually come in sizes small to large), and a crab-eating experience all on its own. It's really pretty too: freckled, gradient coral, glossy black around the pinchers. These delicious claws are the jewelry of the sea, and in Philly, they're as rare as diamonds. But Stone Crab season is upon us, so here's a list of the three Philly restaurants carrying them.


Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

del frisco's

Del Frisco's, the high-ceiling'd power-tie steakhouse on 15th Street, is the only restaurant in Center City that serves the fleshy crab claws throughout the entirety of their season (through the end of May). Starting tonight, October 20, Stone Crab claws will be available at market price, with a simple dijon sauce to dip.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse [Official]


Ippolito's Seafood


Samuels and Son's neighborhood restaurant/grocery is the premier place in Philly to get the same quality and cuts of seafood found in every Philly restaurant you love. If you're not into the idea of paying for those restaurant mark-ups, head over to Ippolito's, grab a bag of Stone claws to-go, and feast at home, on your turf, where you can be as messy as you'd like. Call ahead to make sure they're available.

Ippolito's Seafood [Official]


Anastasi Seafood


Much like Ippolito's, Anastasi's Seafood is a duo-operation: part seafood market, part restaurant. And come November, Stone Crab claws will be available for eat-in or to-go. And in even better news, the Anastasi family is opening Anastasi Raw Bar (soon), and more likely than not, whatever's up for sale in South Philly will probably make its way up to Manayunk too. Call ahead to make sure they're available.

Anastasi Seafood [Official]

Ippolito's Seafood

1300 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 389-8906 Visit Website

Anastasi Seafood

1101 South 9th Street, , PA 19147 (215) 462-0550 Visit Website

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

236 Perimeter Center Parkway Northeast, , GA 30346 (770) 274-0309 Visit Website