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Where can I get Stone crabs in Miami Beach besides Joe's (who served me frozen claws twice)?

chowhounder411 Feb 14, 2011 08:52 PM

I've been to Joe's 2 times before and both times thought I was served frozen claws. I looked into this afterward and read a review where somebody said if they don't know you, you may very well be served the frozen stuff. I am not eager to return. Can anybody let me know who else is serving them right now? Would appreciate it.

  1. crowmuncher Jul 23, 2011 10:49 AM

    If you're willing to travel to Hollywood Bch, Billy's is good.

    1. Blind Mind Mar 15, 2011 07:10 AM

      Trulucks in Brickell

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        Buzzy2 Mar 14, 2011 08:31 PM

        I just had the same experience. I was going to say something but I was with a group and I didn't want to cause a problem. I was shocked. I've never been served frozen stone crab before at Joe's or Monty's or Jakes (in Boca Raton) or for that matter at Whole Foods.

        Now that I have confirmation, I'm truly upset.

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

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        1. re: Buzzy2
          chowhounder411 Mar 14, 2011 08:57 PM

          You have now contributed to the conspiracy theory!! I'm either going to try Monty's or Joe's take out next. Thanks for the suggestions everybody.

          1. re: chowhounder411
            Buzzy2 Mar 15, 2011 06:42 PM

            I am guessing that Joe's takeout would have frozen product also. If you eat it there at least you can tell them it's bad before taking it home.

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          tpigeon Feb 15, 2011 10:10 AM

          The steakhouses (meat market, P112, possibly Red) often have stone crab as a special when it is in season. Pubbelly sometimes has them. You should call in advance for these options to make sure they have them.

          Other than that, what Frod said...

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          1. re: tpigeon
            chowhounder411 Feb 15, 2011 11:06 AM

            Much appreciation. Thank you

          2. monku Feb 15, 2011 08:51 AM

            Just curious what made you think they were frozen?
            Went to Joe's in Las Vegas a couple months ago and never occurred to me they might be frozen.

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            1. re: monku
              chowhounder411 Feb 15, 2011 11:08 AM

              I just remember the one time how watery they were and appeared small (shrunken like) in their shells

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              chowhounder411 Feb 15, 2011 08:24 AM

              I should rephrase to avoid discussions of conspiracy theories. (For whatever reason) I do not want to dine at Joe's. Are there any suggestions for a sit down stone crab meal? Would be much appreciated.

              Also, I ate in season and waited an hour+ to dine on frozen. Just saying.

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              1. re: chowhounder411
                Buzzy2 Mar 14, 2011 08:34 PM

                I haven't been to Monty's in a few years but I always received fresh stone crab from them. They also had all you can eat options (generally for medium claws) that can be quite a bargain.

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                tpigeon Feb 15, 2011 06:32 AM

                I would like to add that the cost of maintaining such a conspiracy would be pretty high for a restaurant that turns 1800 tables a day and employs north of 100 people. As frod said, it is availability if anything that determines frozen vs fresh.

                1. Frodnesor Feb 15, 2011 05:42 AM

                  I've found it's more a function of when you go than who you go with (though what do I know? I'm usually going with folks who are semi-regulars). If you're there towards the beginning or end of the season you're more likely to get claws that have been frozen, b/c of supply issues. Still, though you'll find stone crabs at many other places during the season, I don't know of any other restaurant that has as consistently good quality.

                  If you feel like you're getting the second class treatment, get take-out from Joe's Takeaway next door. The claws are right out there on display and everyone's getting from the same place. Or to compare and contrast you can try Monty's South Beach - but I've always preferred Joe's.

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