Don't miss the stone crab-it's in season now," counseled Kathryn Loring to her sister before she and her husband made their first trip from Chicago to Florida in February of 1960. Once in Florida, Loring and her husband took her sister's advice, embarking on a self-proclaimed "sea food binge" that included devouring mullet, pompano, New England and Manhattan-style clam chowder, red snapper, shrimp, and, of course, stone crab. They found the "sweet and delectable" claws of stone crab at Hudgins Cafe in West Palm Beach, Florida, where surrounded by other sun-burned tourists they consumed the meat of a crab that one post-war diner called "Florida's greatest contribution to the realm of glorious eating."
Society, Florida Historical
"Eating the Claws of Eden: Stone Crabs, Tourism, and the Taste of Conservation in Florida and Beyond,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 86
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol86/iss4/5