joes' stone crab for lunch
chicago chowhound coming to southbeach for a couple of days after christmas. i keep hearing both raves and rants about joes'. does anyone know if the prices for lunch are any different from the dinner menu posted on their website? and is it really worth it? i'm willing to splurge on excellent seafood, but not on mediocre tasteless crab.
Joe's is an institution and if you've never been is worth going (IMO). Don't think there's much of a difference in prices on the lunch menu, esp. on the crabs.
Stone crabs are quite yummy and Joe's generally are better than I've had anywhere else. Would definitely not say "mediocre and tasteless." They can be slightly less than great if you are at beginning or end of season, when I think they occassionally sneak some frozen ones in there, but that's not the case now.
If you want to save a little, go for the smaller size claws. My favorite are the selects, which are between medium and large. I actually find the smaller ones have better flavor and texture although they're a little more work.
The best bargain in town, by the way, is the 1/2 fried chicken at Joe's for $5.95. Excellent fried chicken and ridiculously good price.
Be adventurous and trek off the beaten path to Captain Jim's in North Miami. Stone crabs and fresh, fresh, fresh fish in an informal setting and the stone crabs won't set you back $70 a pound. Fish market with a casual restaurant attached, and I do mean casual. It ain't no Joe's but your wait and your wallet will be a lot lighter.
You can check a Miami NewTimes review here:
Some friends that relocated to Chicago have gone but they say it's not the same eating stone crabs when there's snow on the ground outside. The one in Vegas is in the expanded Forum shops at Caesar's. Haven't been but it looks promising. At least Miami is now represented amongst the rehashed restaurants from LA, SFO, and NYC that permeate Vegas. Then again, is Ortanique still open at Paris?