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Joe's Stone Crab Question

valerie Feb 25, 2012 08:19 PM

We are visiting this week and staying in the West Palm Beach area. Considering driving down to Joe's Stone Crab on Monday night since my husband has always wanted to go there. Does anyone have any idea how long the wait usually is on a Monday night? We don't mind the drive, but dont want to shlep down there and then have to wait for 2 hours for a table. I am guessing we would arrive around 6:30-7:00. Thanks for any info....

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    LargeLife RE: valerie Feb 26, 2012 05:20 AM

    Difficult question to answer......If I were you I would schlep down their and be there when they open....and there will be little to no wait at all......The SoBe Wine & Food Festival was this past weekend and there could be folks still in town and headed to Joe's and that could mean a line....But I'm thinking that 6:30 to 7:00 for a table for two won't be too awfully bad.....and on a Monday night.....

    Ft, Pierce, FL

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      croissantkelly RE: valerie Feb 26, 2012 01:38 PM

      Can you go for lunch? We usually arrive right around opening time and there is never a wait.

      Have fun.

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        shekamoo RE: croissantkelly Feb 26, 2012 02:15 PM

        is same menu available for lunch and dinner? could not find a dining room lunch menu online. thanks!

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          dlgc RE: shekamoo Feb 26, 2012 04:18 PM

          No, the lunch menu is a little different, but the stones are always available.

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            shekamoo RE: dlgc Feb 26, 2012 04:23 PM

            awesome, thanks!

      2. sunshine842 RE: valerie Feb 26, 2012 01:46 PM

        If you're not all that fussed about eating in the restaurant itself, you could go round to the Takeout and order with their counter service.

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          valerie RE: valerie Feb 26, 2012 04:39 PM

          Thanks all. We can't get there at opening time or for lunch since we have young kids with us and won't have babysitting until around 5:30 (don't want to drag the kids along!). Turns out I made a reservation at Truluck's in Boca and coincidentally they have an all you can eat deal on stone crabs on Mondays. Maybe we will make it to Joe's next time around...

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            CJT RE: valerie Feb 26, 2012 06:24 PM

            What is Truluck's charging for AYCE stone crabs?

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              Veggo RE: CJT Feb 26, 2012 06:31 PM

              I just called - $59. Worth considering, unless they are all medium. I didn't ask that part.
              EDIT: I called back. Medium. With unlimited soup, salad, and sides.
              There's nothin' like jumbo- I would hold out for jumbo. (And then there's colossal...)

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                tpigeon RE: Veggo Feb 26, 2012 07:00 PM

                Selects are better. I did a taste test after being challenged on this exact subject.

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                  Veggo RE: tpigeon Feb 26, 2012 07:17 PM

                  Those are the lil' fellas. Like eating pistachios. How are they better? I like a big bite, but I'll listen. Thanks.

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                    tpigeon RE: Veggo Feb 26, 2012 10:13 PM

                    They are sweeter and they are between medium and large.

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                    valerie RE: tpigeon Feb 26, 2012 07:56 PM

                    I don't have much experience with stone crabs. On Truluck's menu, I see medium, large and jumbo. Where do select fit in?

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                      Veggo RE: valerie Feb 26, 2012 07:59 PM

                      smaller than mediums

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                        tpigeon RE: Veggo Feb 26, 2012 10:13 PM

                        incorrect, see my post above.

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                          Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Feb 26, 2012 10:37 PM

                          "Selects" I think may be mostly a Joe's thing, and they are between medium and large. They're also my favorites, best ratio of sweetness & texture to work. As you work your way up to larger sizes I find the meat is stringier and less flavorful.

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                            LargeLife RE: Frodnesor Feb 27, 2012 05:49 AM

                            Selects work for me as well.......

                            I once at 100 of them at Monty's and set their "house record".......

                            That was a long, long time ago.....

                            Ft. Pierce, FL

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                              tpigeon RE: Frodnesor Feb 27, 2012 06:55 AM

                              For the record, Frod was the one who enlightened me years ago on this subject.

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                Alfred G RE: valerie Feb 27, 2012 09:16 PM

                You might want to save yourself a trip and go to Billy's Stone Crab in Hollywood. Most excellent stones. Also, the Truluck mediums are surprisingly good.

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                  netmover RE: Alfred G Feb 28, 2012 02:50 AM

                  I ate 34 at Trulucks Brickell AYCA///they were impressed! They had told me large, and most were. 69$

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                    tpigeon RE: Alfred G Feb 28, 2012 04:10 AM

                    I wouldn't do that. I would go to joes way before billy's . Drive included.

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                    valerie RE: valerie Feb 28, 2012 02:04 PM

                    So we had dinner at Truluck's last night. My husband had the ayce stone crab deal. They were indeed medium sized and the price was $59.

                    After splitting appetizers of bbq shrimp and a crab cake, my husband had the crab and corn chowder and I had the wedge salad (those were both part of the ayce deal). He loved the bbq shrimp and I loved the crab cake (it had lots of dill and I love dill). Soup was just ok, but the wedge salad was very tasty. Then he had 14 crab claws (they start off with a plate of 8, then they bring them in increments of 3) and I had the fettucine alfredo with with king crab. Fettucine alfredo is not really my thing but my husband loves it and wanted to try it so I agreed to order it. It was insanely rich....and that is even an understatement! We were too stuffed to have dessert.

                    Overall it was a good dinner (though I would not order the fettucine again) and the bill for the 2 of us, before tip, was $128, really not bad at all. Today we flew back to NY and won't be back to FL until the summer when the crabs are out of season. But I would guess that my husband will want to go again for the crab deal next year...

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                      LargeLife RE: valerie Feb 29, 2012 08:10 AM

                      For that $128 you would have done well at Joe's.....Two orders of mediums or selects......hash browns....spinach.....chopped salads.....the bread.....And their cheapest bottle of white wine.....Plus the excellent service.....And you could have told your friends you actually ate at Joe's.....And you might have actually seen someone famous.....Happens all the time there.....Met Billy Joel there not long ago......

                      Ft. Pierce, FL

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