**Hi everyone! This post gets a lot of traffic but please note…it’s from 2008! The St. Lucie Crab House is CLOSED. The website no longer exists and there is a new restaurant operating at this address called Tin Tin Fish. It gets great reviews on TripAdvisor, but they don’t seem to have regular crabs on the menu. Just crab cakes.
Because this post gets so much traffic, I decided to so some research into where to get crabs in the Port Saint Lucie area. (Feel free to comment on any other places nearby.)
Where to Eat Blue Crabs in the Port St. Lucie Area
- Riggins Crabhouse, 607 Ridge Rd, Lantana, FL 33462: They have Maryland-style crabs on the menu. Whole male crabs steamed in beer, vinegar, and JO spice at market price.
- Crab Stop Vero Beach, 2263 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960. They offer blue crabs Maryland-style, traditionally steamed live, seasoned with the restaurant’s own spice mixture – not Old Bay – and served with melted butter. See their menu.
- Ozzie’s Crabhouse, 4391 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905. They serve blue crabs by the dozen or half-dozen. Check out their menu.
- Gettin Crabby, 4110 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL 34997. They have blue crabs on the menu but call in advance to verify availability.
- One Love, 3453 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34953. They have blue crabs on the menu and get great reviews online.
And then because I think my old review of the St. Lucie Crab House is funny, I’ve left it here…
St. Lucie Crab House (CLOSED)
327 SE Port St Lucie Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34984
The Victim: Uncle George
The Damage: Unknown! Uncle George paid!
The Background: For the last few years, Uncle George and I have spent Christmas Eve (or the day before Christmas Eve) shopping for Christmas presents for Aunt Ursula. This year was no exception, although I have to admit that my creative juices weren’t really flowing. Normally, I’m able to summon up a couple of good ideas for gifts that she hasn’t asked for. Not this year. I was practically brain dead.
I lost my energy completely in the ladies watches section of Sears around 11:30 a.m. Uncle George took one look at me and said, “Do you like crabs? How about some blue claws?”
And now hey, if that didn’t perk me right up.
The Entrance: The St. Lucie Crab House is empty when we enter. It is Christmas Eve though. There probably aren’t many people who decide to go out and eat a dozen blue claw crabs on Christmas Eve. Except for me and Uncle George. I let him do the ordering. He’s good at it.
The Food: There you have it. One dozen local, South Florida blue-claw crabs. Covered in Old Bay Seasoning. Life would only be better if Otis Redding was playing on the stereo and I had caught the crabs myself. (As I used to do as a kid when I visited Aunt Ursula and Uncle George in Rhode Island. We called it “chicken-necking” because chicken necks are the bits the butcher will gladly give you and crabs LOVE ’em.)
The Problem: This is messy stuff. Working for your food is hard.
The Verdict: The St. Lucie Crabhouse is fun. Probably better for dinner when you have nowhere to be afterwards. Because you know, crabs are messy business. I had to wear a bib.