If you want to treat yourself after the hectic holidays, consider indulging in Florida’s famed stone crab claws. Stone crab season started Oct. 15 and continues through May. 15. Here’s our list of best restaurants to eat the delicious claw meat, which can be enjoyed pretty much guilt free because these crabs grow back their claws, in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Remember to call first, though, because a limited supply means restaurants can’t always carry the delicacy.
121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
Occupying a historic cottage in Bradenton Beach with a funky outdoor area featuring live music, Blue Marlin is co-owned and operated by Cortezian Adam Ellis, who always seems to get the freshest stone crabs and other goodies arriving straight off the commercial fishing boats. Plus, Blue Marlin now has a liquor license to go with its craft beer and wine list.