- Where/When can I find you?
Our restaurant is located at 3809 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 at MP 4.25. We're open 7 days a week from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
You can also find us at Border Station, 101 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC 27958, from about June through October every Saturday, Sunday, and the 4th of July from 10:00 am until we run out.
For our Border Station location ONLY, hours will vary based on weather and availability so it's best to arrive early. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
- Where do you get your crabs?
There are several crabbers in our family who go out everyday and catch our crabs in the Currituck Sound. It's a small body of brackish water that separates the Outer Banks from the mainland. You can see it when driving over the big bridge that takes you into the Outer Banks from mainland Currituck.
When crabs grow, they develop a soft layer under their hard shell. When the soft layer is ready, they shed their hard shell and are completely soft for a short time. They will harden again if they're left in the water but they will stay soft if removed. Instead of steaming them, soft crabs are most often fried and eaten whole - shell and all.
- Are your soft crabs live?
When soft crabs are in season during the Spring and early Summer, we carry them live. Cleaned and frozen soft crabs are available year-round.
- How can I keep live, hard crabs fresh?
Whether you've got a long drive ahead of you or you're hours from getting the key to your cottage, we understand that you might be concerned about traveling with live crabs and are here to help you get them home safely.
Crabs are remarkable animals and can live for several hours as long as they are kept in a cool, damp place. We recommend putting a layer of ice in the bottom of a cooler, placing a layer of newspaper over it, and putting your crabs on top. For Border Station customers only, several cooler options and ice available for purchase if you don't have these items handy. The air conditioning in your car/home will do in a pinch. We do not recommend placing them in the bed of a truck. If that is your only option, place a bag of ice next to your bag of crabs.
*The fridge will kill them as will leaving them in your hot car, dumping ice directly on them, leaving them belly up, or putting them in fresh water. If you aren't going to eat them until the next day, go back through them and throw away the dead ones. Please, DO NOT EAT HARD CRABS THAT DIE BEFORE YOU COOK THEM. They will not taste good and might make you sick.*
- Can I call ahead to reserve crabs?
Sure! You may reserve crabs at our restaurant in Kitty Hawk. In fact, we require 24 hour notice for bushels. We also require a credit card over the phone or payment in advance when pre-ordering crabs. For the best selection, arrive early or call ahead.
- What's the safest way to handle crabs?
When crabs pinch, they can do serious damage. Even with gloves on, it can be painful so please be careful when handling them. We recommend using tongs to pick them up at home.
- Can you cook them for me?
At our restaurant in Kitty Hawk, NC, crabs are available live or steamed. They are cooked to order and available in plain, salted, or seasoned varieties.
- I don't see my question. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Email your questions to Info@IGotYourCrabs.com and we'd be glad to answer them for you.