Where and how to eat stone crab in Sarasota-Manatee

Florida stone crab season, starring one of our state’s most famous foods, starts Thursday with restaurants across Sarasota and Manatee counties eager to serve the delicacy.

The demand for stone crab remained strong locally last season through the spring despite the coronavirus and state-ordered restaurant shutdown. But season will be shorter now due to new regulations approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Local restaurateurs, commercial fishermen and seafood distributors are looking to capitalize on the popular and pricey crustaceans as soon, and as much, as possible, which should be good news for area stone crab enthusiasts…