The Best Sources for Lobster and Crab

Real Simple picked up the phone and dialed for mail-order crabs and lobsters. Here are the results of the taste test.

Linton's Seafood Inc. (Crisfield, Maryland)
Linton's ships Maryland blue crabs overnight by the dozen. The male jumbo crabs ($55 for a dozen) were meaty and tasty. Meticulously packed, the soft-shells ($53 for a dozen) were delicate and delicious. In season April through October (otherwise, shipped frozen); 877-546-8667 or

City Fish Co. in Pike Place Market (Seattle)
The enormous cooked Alaskan king crab legs are shipped overnight. Three pounds easily satisfy two people (a good thing, at $23 a pound). Available year-round (usually frozen); 800-334-2669.

Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market (Ipswich, Massachusetts)
Ipswich will ship fresh lobsters, live or cooked, overnight (call for market prices). The impressive clambake ($145 to serve two, shipping included) comes with Maine lobsters, blue mussels, clams, clam chowder, instructions, and bibs; 888-711-3060, or

Joe's Stone Crab (Miami Beach)
When the season for most other crabs is over, the fresh stone-crab season (October 15 to May 15) kicks in. For an in-season splurge, consider the delicious cooked "selects" ($132 to serve two, shipping included); 800-780-2722, or