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Joe's Stone Crab - An Institution


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Joe's Stone Crab - An Institution

WineAG | Dec 31, 2008 07:23 AM

I never go to Miami without a stop at Joe's. My recent visit 2 days ago was confirmation as to why I do. Not that I expected anything less. Time stands still at this most amazing restaurant.

There are so many reasons why I like this place. First, and foremost, is the amazing chow. The stone crabs are fantastic (always get the largest ones they have available... jumbos were what we got). Then an order of hash browns and the unusual cole slaw. I love the slaw... it's a sweet type and served with a couple of large tomato slices and a dollop of mayo on top... sounds weird but its excellent (prob not to everyone's taste though).

Ordered crab cakes for my 6 year old son... he loved them. It's an entree sized portion... you get 2 huge crab cakes.. and they are fantastic. Also ordered onion rings for him... excellent as well.

Other reasons to marvel at this place it that it hasn't changed one bit since I've been going the last 25 years or so. I love that... a true institution. They have it down... it's a huge place and it runs like a top... amazing to see. Timing of your meal is perfect... the waiters are pros. Your food comes out perfectly cooked (of course the crab is served cold). Enough good wines to keep anyone happy. Then when you leave you see hundreds of people milling about waiting for a table.

Especially since we had a 6 year old in tow, we went soon after they opened... a bit after 5pm... and there was no problem getting seated immediately. When we left there was at least a 2 hour wait.... people everywhere. So, when you go, just plan your day to eat early and you'll be able to enjoy this fantastic place with a minimum of hassles.

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