I've eaten stone crabs hundreds of times here in Florida and I've been to Joe's over a dozen times, but I've never been so disappointed with the quality of the crab as I was the other night. I ordered large claws because they are generally the safest bet for properly cooked, tender, fresh meat of the highest quality. The texture and flavor indicated to me that they had been previously frozen, possibly by accident or perhaps on purpose as a holdover from a previous day. There is a chance that what I took as an indication of freezing was just due to their being kept too long and left in liquid, but I don't think so. The meat had no snap, it wasn't crisp, it was limp and almost flavorless. Instead of the sweet taste of fresh crab i could have been eating something from the frozen food section of the local supermarket. Have any of you had similar experiences lately?
BTW, the hash browns were the best part of the meal.
Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139