I don’t think it’s possible to go further south on Miami’s, South Beach without bumping into Joe’s Stone Crab. Believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this experience. For over 100 years (founded in 1913) this has been the place to be in South Beach. The stone crabs here are to-die-for and that’s because the staff (of 400) selects the best crabs available, cooks them and crack them by hand before they end up on your table. They have to be perfect to be on your plate in this venue and that’s what has kept them going for so long. The ambiance is slightly out dated, but very cozy. It reminds me of the Palm in NYC, however much busier and with very large groups seated in their inside and outside seating areas. Joe’s is also open for lunch and always fully booked, so make sure you make a reservation. Make no mistake, it’s not only the stone crabs which are killer here; it’s also the large shrimps, Alaskan King crab, and all the other fish dishes. The service is quick and very friendly and the prices are more than reasonable. For example, the price of the fried chicken is $6.95 and would you believe me if I told you that this price recently went up by $1? The stone crab omelets are scrumptious; the rack of ribs is simply sublime and so well marinated that the meat literally falls off the bone and the sides are ambrosial, like tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and deep fried asparagus. Joe’s is not just about Stone crabs anymore and as they age and smoke their own beef, I would recommend you give it a try. You will find out that everything made in this venue is prepared with so much love you can literally taste it. For dessert, I try a classic and, coming from New York City I do know cheesecake, and this one is not bad at all, in fact it is heavenly. If you can’t finish it all, ask for a doggy bag or pass by their take away shop next door.
I grade Joes Stone Crab with a 9.4 out of 10.
Bon Apetito, From Peggy with LOVE!
Address: 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139