Monday September 17, 2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. Just a quick note to make sure everyone knows that Catfish Deweys is serving farm raised catfish grown in the USA. Specifically, the catfish are grown in Mississippi, and our fish are delivered six days a week. I note this because there has been a fair amount of news recently about catfish grown in China that has been found to contain certain toxins. There might be others using those fish and that might mean they are less expensive on the menu, but we have decided to keep using the USA farm raised catfish. _____________________________ ___________________ Monday, September 3rd, 2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:35 AM Happy Labor Day! We had a great Hoedown yesterday. It was very busy, but that aside, all the month of September is pretty slow. It's that way all over South Florida, so if it's waiting lines you want to avoid, September is the time to come. However, you might miss seeing your favorite server... September is also the month when they take turns with vacation time. Like here. ____________________ ___________________________ Friday 8-17-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:06 AM The dog days of summer, and so much has happened while I was not keeping up with this blog. The biggest news is, Lauren had her baby girl! We all welcome Baby Jordyn to the world. Lauren was off for a time, but is working a limited schedule as she regains her strength. We all wish Lauren, Jack and Jordyn great happiness. Meanwhile, Kristen is approaching her due date. (It must be something in the water. LOL) Also, we bid farewell to Elena. Elena is off to the University of Florida. It's always kind of bittersweet watching young people grow up. We've seen kids off to war, off to jail, off to marriage (and sometimes divorce), off to the Sheriff's department and off to college. Catfish Deweys is always enriched from their company here, and we always wish them well. By my calculation, it's about eight weeks to Stone Crab Season! We all look forwards to Stone Crab Crazy, and hope for another great harvest like last season. ________________________ ____________________ Wednesday 7-4-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. Happy Independence Day, America! Everyone at Catfish Deweys wishes all a safe and happy holiday, today, the birth of our great nation. ____________________________ ____________________ Wednesday 6-13-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:38PM As far as Florida Stone Crab Claws for Dad (This coming Sunday is Father's Day) we will have a very limited amount of large and jumbos, so if you're bring Dad for stone crabs, bring him earlier rather than later. We will be opening at our regular Sunday-open time of 4:00PM. (We will have plenty of Alaskan King Crab Legs, all you can eat for $30.95.) ____________________ _______________ Sunday 5-27-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:05 AM Well, stone crab season is over, and I'd like to take a second to thank everyone that came in to enjoy Catfish Dewey's stone crab claws. I just looked at the spreadsheet, and we served over seventeen thousand pounds of fresh Florida stone crab claws this season. Now I know, compared to a place like Joe's Stone Crabs on South Beach, that's not very much, but for a humble Catfish place like ours, to look at that number is humbling. Thank you all. If you're not among those folks that got a chance to forge on our stone crabs this season, there's going to be one more chance, albeit with frozen claws. I found a supply of quality frozen (done in the manner on occasion of the "other" place mentioned above) stone crab claws that I'll bring in for the Father's Day weekend. So if Dad missed out on stone crabs, this coming Father's Day, June 17th, we should have a supply. Speaking of crabs... You might have noticed we've been doing King Crab Legs instead of the Snow Crab Clusters we had been doing for years. There was a shortage of snow crabs. There were none. Zip, zero, nada. But the season has reopened and this coming Thursday, May 31st, we will begin once again our all you can eat special on SNOW CRAB LEGS. They will be limited for a time to Thusdays because the popularity of the King Crab has been great, so we're going to keep them as the all you can eat special on Sundays. Check our menu page for pricing. _____________________ ___________________ Wednesday 5-16-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 10:12 AM Today we receive the last stone crabs of the season. The last day to pull them from the water was yesterday, so I brought in as many mediums, large and jumbos as I could. We should be set up pretty well through the weekend. ____________________ __________________ Thursday 5-10-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 9:22 AM As the end of stone crab season approaches, there will be some days when stone crabs can't be found. We could find mediums and jumbos for tonight, but no large. The cause is mainly due to fewer fisherman working the end of the season, so supply gets a little spotty. We do have commitments for a good supply through Mother's Day, and with a bit of luck should get one last big shipment on Wednesday, May 16th which should keep us supplied through the weekend, May 18th & 19th. By the way, we are opening early on Mother's Day. Usually we open at 4:00 PM on Sundays (Sunday being the only day we don't open for lunch) but for Mother, we will start early. Last year we advertised this in the Sun Sentinel and had a waiting line wrapping around the building resulting in total chaos when we opened the door at 2:00PM, so this year I decided to only advertise the early open time on the website so things might be a bit more manageable. _____________________ __________________ Sunday 4-29-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:05 AM We are well supplied today with all stone crabs. Only 16 days left of stone crab season! You might have noticed I've gotten a bit lax in staying posted up here. Well, I do have a life too. For what I'm thinking about outside the restaurant, go here. ______________________ ____________________ Saturday 4-21-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:43 PM If you've been wondering at the inconsistent supply lately on stone crabs, so have I. All I can say is it's a combination of the weather and fishing boats calling it in early. But today we received all that we ordered. We will be good for all you can eat dinners on mediums, large and jumbos. _______________________ ____________________ Thursday April 12, 2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 2:00 PM Stone crab season ends next month on the 15th. A lot of fishermen will soon begin closing their operations early. The reason is, the busy season is about over in South Florida, and demand is dropping. So it's a race to the bottom, which drops quicker, supply, or demand. Right now, prices are stable, and the price spike from last week on mediums has vanished. So now is a good time if you've been looking to avoid those waiting lines of an hour for a table... short waits, or no waits, low stone crab prices and a staff of veterans from the last few months of record business able to give service even better than before. The King Crab special is still popular, and we go through several hundred pounds of King Crab legs on Thursday and Sunday. All you can eat for the same price as the medium stone crabs, this is the time to really enjoy a combination of Florida Stone crabs and Alaskan King Crab Legs, all you can eat on Thursdays and Sundays for $30.95. ________________________ ___________________ Good Friday 4-6-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:50 AM High demand for stone crabs for Good Friday is putting a spike in the price of today's stone crabs, as well as a dip in the supply. We received only a quarter of what we asked for today, which means we can't offer the "all you can eat" special on stone crabs. We must restrict the stone crabs to one and two pound dinners and hope we have enough to last the entire night. Therefore, I would come earlier, rather than later for fresh Florida stone crabs on Good Friday. On Saturday we are told we have a full order coming, back down to regular prices, so some might consider their visit here being pushed to tomorrow, Saturday, April 7th if the plan is all you can eat stone crabs for dinner. So... given this situation with stone crabs, combined with the fact we are CLOSED ON EASTER SUNDAY, we will offer, on request, the Sunday all you can eat KING CRAB LEGS for $30.95 special. Everyone at Catfish Deweys wishes everyone a Happy Easter! ______________________ ___________________ Thursday 3-22-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 2:10 PM The price of medium stone crabs is down a notch. Price for all you can eat medium stone crabs is now $30.95. Price on large and jumbos still unchanged. ___________________ ________________ Friday 3-2-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 10:58 AM Stone Crab prices have dropped a bit!!! Here they are: All you can eat2 poundone pound Mediums $32.95 $24.95 $16.95 Large $60.95 $42.95 $26.95 JUMBOS $70.95 $52.95 $36.95 How long this will last, well, we'll have to wait and see.
_____________________ __________________ Thursday 2-21-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:24 AM It's the darndest thing I've seen yet in this business. No vendors have any Opilio... snow crab clusters, that is. The Thursday/Sunday all you can eat special is normally Alaskan Snow Crab Legs for $25.95, but not today. The truckload that supposedly left Washington State a week ago has still not arrived. Maybe it will arrive tomorrow. Maybe not. It's like how Florida Stone Crabs sometimes vanish out of the pipeline. So... we do have King Crab Legs. Large, beautiful and full of meat. All you can eat for $30.95, or a two pound dinner for $29.95. I am sorry we don't have the snow crab clusters. We go through about 700 pounds of them on an all you can eat night. Oh, and plenty of medium and large Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claws. I know... it can be confusing. ____________________ __________________ Tuesday 2-20-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:49 PM The KING crab special went over well. We sold what snow crab legs we had, all you can eat at 25.95, but for five dollars more we offered these huge King Crab legs, all you can eat. For a limited time we will continue this special on Thursdays and Saturdays. Stone crabs... plenty of mediums, but a bit more difficult finding large and jumbos. Okay on them for tonight, but we will see what tomorrow brings. ____________________ ________________ Saturday 2-17-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 1:04 PM Good amount of stone crabs for tonight and tomorrow night, although mostly mediums. It got so cold the last two nights, my stone crab supplier said he was not permitting his smaller boats to go out. But mediums should be okay. I found a fair amount of Alaskan Snow Crab Legs for tomorrow, but I also brought in some very nice King Crab legs. We are going to offer the snow crab at the regular all you can eat price as advertised, $25.95, but we will also offer the King Crab legs all you can eat for $29.95. Yes, I know, that's an amazing price. How long I'll be able to keep that up, we will just have to see. So, basically, FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, CATFISH DEWEYS HAS ALL YOU CAN EAT ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS ON SUNDAY AND THURSDAY FOR JUST $29.95!!! You know what this means.... early to bed tonight for me so I am ready for the crush tomorrow. _____________________ _________________ Thursday 2-15-2007 Alaskan Snow Crab Legs. Also known as Opilio crab, Opilio clusters, or just darned good eating. They are an item we advertise as all you can eat on Sunday's and Thursdays. But there is a problem. There is a supply crisis in the snow crab industry. In fact, today might be the last time we offer all you can eat snow crab legs until the fishing season opens in April. We are, of course, exploring all possible sources for a supply, but so far we have no positive results. It is possible we will see no positive results for some period of time, so we will be offering our Monday-Tuesday shrimp special (our most popular all you can eat special) on Sundays and Thursdays until the supply crisis ends. On the other hand, Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claws seem to be fairly available. We have a good supply today.
____________________ ______________ Friday 2-9-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:33 PM Got more stone crabs for tonight, and more lined up and in the pipeline coming tomorrow. I have to admit, it gets a little boring talking about stone crabs each time I log on here to post. It's springtime here in Fort Lauderdale, the sun is shining, it's not too hot and Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so I'm going to talk a little about something else. In a month or two springtime will arrive for the rest of the country, and that means baseball.
Do you like baseball?
Some do, and some don't. It's a unique game/sport that doesn't appeal to everyone.
What makes it so unique? Aside from the fact the rules are so different from any other sport, there are two main reasons baseball is so unique.
The length of the season and the win percentage.
No other sport requires 162 games to be played in order to determine a final group of the best to play a series of playoff games to determine a final champion.
All other sports have much shorter seasons.
In baseball, even the best of the best expect to lose at least 50 or 60 times along the way. Other sports the season begins with a real possibility of losing a very, very small percentage of games... maybe even losing none. It has been done, you know. The 1972 Miami Dolphins.
But in baseball, in the long season, there will inevitably be mistakes, blunders, lapses, failures and losses. But not every mistake means the coaching staff has failed, not every blunder means the players have failed and not every loss means the season is lost cause. In fact, the ability to shake off a loss and push on without too much recriminating is a sign of a team that can win a hundred games... maybe even the World Series.
A team like that certainly doesn't have a majority of people saying things like, "They just lost three in a row! The stupid coach should be fired, he doesn't care a bit about the team, and the management is only concerned with ticket sales, not victories." Real patriots... I mean real fans don't get negative like that. They know... the attitude of the fans can affect the morale of the team.
But the teams that have too much blaming and recrimination harm themselves psychologically, and soon they begin to believe they are going to lose, and once that happens the only question is how hard they hit when they hit the cellar.
I love baseball. When they say baseball is a great metaphor for life.... this is what they mean.
_____________________ __________________ Wednesday 2-7-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:20 AM Sorry for missing days here keeping our stone crab situation public, but it has been a bit busy. As you may know, we generally don't take reservations. We do if you have a large group of people... ten or more, but less than that there's often a waiting line to get in. However, there is a compromise solution. Call us about a half hour to forty five minutes before you expect to arive and ask for the front desk. You can put your name in at that point on the wait list. This way, by the time you actually arrive, your name is at, or near the top of the list. Now stone crabs. I know we were unable to put them on the menu yesterday. The truth is, they vanished off the truck somewhere between the docks and our back door. I've talked about this phenomenon before, but as for today, and the next few days I'm assured the problem has been solved. We have plenty of fresh mediums, large and jumbos. A side note: What a beautiful day today. I think I'll have to sit out in the sun for a while before heading in to the restaurant. It's not exactly hot, but it is a far cry from nine below in Pittsburgh! :) ________________________ ___________________ Monday 1-29-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:24 PM We are still getting stone crabs despite the cold front that moved through. Jumbos are a bit short, so we have to limit them to one and two pound dinners tonight, but enough medium and large to offer them as all you can eat dinners. Tuesday may not yield a full order, we will just have to wait on that and see, but I am told the order for Wednesday will most likely be filled. ____________________ ________________ Friday 1-26-2007 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:24 PM For today's delivery of fresh Florida stone crab claws we have a fair amount of mediums, a good amount of large and a fair amount of jumbos. Statistically, we should have enough to make the end of the night... However, an anomaly in the statistics could show us running out of mediums and or jumbos, so you may consider not waiting until 8:00 PM to arrive for dinner tonight. Plenty of stone crabs lined up for tomorrow. ________________________________________________