Joe's Stone Crab
In Miami Beach, it’s not uncommon to find many authentic and terrific seafood restaurants, but one has continued to stand out since its opening in 1913. Joe’s Stone Crab began serving stone crabs in the area when no one thought they were edible, and has since paired the crustacean with hash browns, cole slaw and mayonnaise for instant success. Today, no visit to Miami is complete without checking Joe’s out.
Since its start, Joe’s menu has brought customers from all over to try their delicious seafood options. Even though their menu changes with the seasons, guests are sure to quench their fishy thirst. Some great food choices from the menu are the grilled octopus and shrimp ceviche, the sea scallops with shrimp risotto, truffle oil and shaved cheese, and of course, the king crab claws or legs remain endlessly popular. But you can’t skip dessert: Joe’s Famous Key Lime Pie was named Florida’s official state pie, so you’d be crazy not to try it for yourself.
Regardless of the travel time to get to Joe’s, there seems to be no comparable restaurant. Therefore, they offer a list of their famous recipes on their website so you can still enjoy Joe’s authentic taste in the comforts of your own home. And if you’re feeling particularly obsessed, Joe’s gift shop offers souvenirs for you to remember your experience. But who wouldn’t? Joe’s is a must-see restaurant that provides any and all diners with an incredibly tasteful Miami dining experience.Read More
“Eat at Joe’s” was a running joke in the classic Warner Bros. cartoons as the classic generic diner food advertisement. The phrase has become associated with the distinction between the “Mom and Pop” and the soulless chain restaurants. But there is no place in Miami with greater soul than the 97-year old Joe’s Stone Crab. A massive place with dark wood and tuxedoed waiters, you immediately know you’ve entered somewhere that memorable dining experiences happen.
Unfortunately for the average “Joe,” part of experiencing the mystique is enduring the wait for a no-reservations table— it can take longer than the flight from New York. The only way to avoid it is to grease the maitre’d‘s palm or bring a VIP. Thankfully, yours truly is the latter (though I did slip a $40 on the way out and promised reciprocal treatment the next time he visits my friends at Scarpetta).
Joe’s has a massive menu with every imaginable seafood and meat choice, plus an endless selection of apps, sides and desserts. Given that you may be famished after waiting, here are some tips to narrow down the menu and get right down to eating. There are three items to order for the ultimate experience: Stone Crab Claws (jumbos, if available, nothing smaller than large), Hash browns, and Key Lime Pie.
The claws come with Joe’s signature and oft-copied, but never-duplicated mustard mayonnaise sauce. They offer drawn butter for Yankees, but you should stick with the mustard mayo. The only thing that can distract from the sweet fresh coral-colored, precision pre-cracked crab claws are the greatest hash browns known to man. Better than any steakhouse in New York, they set the standard. They’re even better than the Prime Rib Hash at Keen’s. End the meal with the not-too-sweet, not-too-tart Key Lime Pie with a graham cracker crust that should be the bottom of every pie.
Joe’s is a can’t miss institution. So when in Miami always remember and never forget: Eat at Joe’s.
: Stone Crab Claws (jumbos, if available, nothing smaller than large), Hash browns, and Key Lime PieRead More