Stone crab season starts on October 15 each year and runs through May 15. We were invited to Paddlefish at Disney Springs to enjoy their fresh stone crabs along with some other dishes. Quantities for the stone crabs are limited, so please call ahead for availability.
We ordered their New England Clam Chowder, Shrimp Pasta, Crispy Shrimp, and Stone Crabs and it was all delicious!
NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER – Bacon, potatoes, cream.
SHRIMP PASTA – Linguine, Florida Rock shrimp, asparagus, tomato, crab broth.
CRISPY SHRIMP – Flash fried, cocktail sauce, skin-on fries.
1 LB. STONE CRAB – served with honey mustard sauce.
PRICE: $55 per pound and $30 per half pound.
Stone crab claws are a Florida specialty since nearly 100% of stone crab comes from Florida’s warm waters. Once the stone crabs are caught, their claws are removed and cooked immediately on crabbing boats or dockside so that the meat does not stick to the shell.
Stone crabs can regenerate their claws if they are removed correctly. To properly remove the claw the stone crab must be large enough to legally harvest (claw atleast 2.75 inches long) then snap downward with a quick pop. This ensures the muscles and tissue the crab needs to rebuild its claw will remain healthy and intact for its next harvest in three years.
Fun fact: Paddlefish is the only restaurant in Disney Springs that offers rooftop-level, waterfront seating on the shores of Lake Buena Vista.
The succulent meat is tender and flaky with a sweet taste and contains Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that is not made by the body and must be consumed in diet to help provide protection from heart disease and aiding brain development.
Excellent stone crabs and service.
Thank you Executive Chef Steve Richard for an amazing lunch!
It was also super cool to witness from our table the rare and vintage Amphicar riding guest around the Disney Springs property for a 25-minute tour.
Lastly, do not miss out on this amazing deal at Paddlefish! Purchase a $100 gift card this holiday season and receive a FREE $25 gift card valid January 1st – March 31st of next year.
Upcoming menu special at Paddlefish: On Christmas, guests can enjoy a King & Snow Crab boil consisting of Dutch Harbor King, Canadian Snow, sweet corn, red potatoes & cornbread for $60.