There’s a short season for stone crabs in Clearwater that begins in mid-October. Local legend is that stone crabs can only be found here – I don’t know if that’s true, but what I can tell you is that they’re delicious, pricey and gorgeous. These little buggers have a much harder shell than blue crab, or even lobster for that matter. They’re served boiled, cracked, either cold or hot with drawn butter or an aioli. Ranging from about $35-65 per pound depending on size (medium, select, or large) they’re not cheap. I researched the prices per pound and saw that there is also a jumbo size ($105 for a pound and a half, which is about four claws) – but I’ve never seen jumbo on a menu near us. I have never made these at home, I prefer to leave the mystery of perfectly boiled stone crabs to the professionals. If you ever have the chance to try these, I highly recommend that you do.