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Feb 16, 2009 09:10 AM

what besides stone crabs at Joe's?

We're going to Joes but one of our group is deathly allegeric to fish. Any suggestions? We always get stone crabs so are not familiar with the rest of the menu. How's the chicken? Thanks!

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  1. The fried chicken is excellent and one of the best deals in town at $5.95 for a half-chicken. Other options:

    - the chopped tenderloin - another fantastic deal at $5.95.
    - there are steaks on the menu but I don't know anyone who's ever had one.
    - not sure if your friend is allergic to all fish or just shellfish; if the latter, I have friends who enjoy the sesame-coated seared tuna and the ginger salmon.
    - plus there's all the usual sides.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      Great reply (as usual) Frod!.....I can go to Joe's and eat the creamed garlic spinach, hash browns, the bread, the chopped salad and a slice of Key Lime Pie and do just fine with that....Have also heard the fried chicken is great....but could easily get by on what I mentioned above.......


      1. re: Frodnesor

        "- there are steaks on the menu but I don't know anyone who's ever had one."

        Mrs. Rondo had one several years ago when we were there. I thought she was going to take her steak knife and go into the kitchen and stab the chef with it. Best not to order the steak (in her defense, she doesn't eat shellfish and agreed to go to satisfy my craving for stone crabs, which were mighty tasty). That fried chicken sounds real good. If we get down that way I will definitely check it out. I assume it's available for take out?

        1. re: Rondo

          Stab the chef? I have had steak there (a year or two ago most recently) and i remember it being a very good steak, and others at the table that ordered steak agreed.

          Seriously, you can more than fill yourself up on sides and dessert anyway so I don't think these people will have a problem. Grilled tomatoes, Lyonnaise potatoes, skinny sweets... can't go wrong. I've had the fried chicken several times, including a couple weeks ago and it was delicious, my only complaint is that it needed some salt.

          OP will be fine.

      2. The rack of lamb and the bone in ribeye are my favorite cuts of meat to recommend to those not interested in seafood at joes.

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        1. re: travlnmike

          We very often have the chopped tenderloin, the ginger salmon, or the seared tuna.I also enjoy the slaw, and the hashed browns well done and dry. Their chocolate layer cake is great. Ask for some fudge sauce on the side!

          When the grandchildren join us it's fried chicken and french fries, and the brownie with ice cream and chocolate fudge.

          They happen to have a really good turkey burger also.

          1. re: dlgc

            thanks for the info...actually he can eat some shellfish but not fish and he's never had stone crabs so we won't risk it, he is also allergic to EGGS so the fried chicken won't work there a good roast chicken? Thanks!

            1. re: estarae

              Most fried chicken recipes I've seen do not call for egg, so I would at least ask before abandoning it. I believe the chicken is also available roasted or bbq.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                we'll check but most of the time battered items are dipped in an egg wash.

                1. re: estarae

                  Almost every fried chicken recipe I've seen calls for buttermilk not an egg wash - but ask, obviously, if you're considering ordering it.

              2. re: estarae

                if he can have shellfish tell him to try the p.e.i. mussels in spicy broth to start and the jumbo killer alaskan claws steamed if he doesn't want stone crabs.The sauteed shrimp in garlic butter is a winner as well.

          2. Hi Folks, we have removed some posts that have strayed from the topic, which is identifying menu items other than crabs at Joe's. Please do recommend alternative dishes, but speculation about why a diner is avoiding crab, or about health or religious dining practices are out of scope for this board.

            Thanks for helping to keep Chowhound focused on doing what we do best, identifying sources of great food and drink.

            1. There are a lot of places called "Joe's" in Florida. There's "Crab Shack" and "Fish House" and probably many others. What city are you talking about?

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              1. re: BeaN

                Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach.

                Joe's Stone Crab
                11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  let's hope that all of the respondents were talking about the same place.

              2. Last time my friend got chicken, looked good to me.

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                1. re: kchurchill5

                  I'm not from the area, but eat there on occasion ... I for one knew.

                  1. re: kchurchill5

                    according to the waiter the fried chicken is made with egg...but the people at the next table were eating it and it did look delicious. if we go back 'out of season' I will definitely try it myself. My 'allergic' friend had the chopped steak and loved it. Thanks everyone for your help

                    1. re: estarae

                      I get the fried chicken all the time, but lately I have found it to be bland and tasteless...but it's ok--for six bucks I will put hot sauce on it. and love it. :)