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thelonious777 Dec 20, 2012 11:02 PM

I eat here once a year. One of those places that I really like but not necesarilly because the food is outstanding.

I typically go with family and we get (yes) the stone crab as well as fried green tomatoes the cottage fried potatoes, sometimes fried chicken and key lime pie.

I have tried other menu items over the years, almost always to severe disappointment.

Can regulars tell me if there is anything else on the menu I should really try?

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    LargeLife Dec 21, 2012 05:02 AM

    I really, really like their lobster cocktail.....On the take-away side they have a dill shrimp salad (that has a little kick to it) and it's outstanding....Joe's Chopped Salad is always a hit.....and then there's always the garlic creamed spinach that we love as well.......

    Joe's is about the Stone Crabs....that's why we go there.....We like the friend chicken too....And we really like the items mentioned above....but it always comes back to Stone Crabs....Joe's....all about the crabs.......

    It's kind of like when people go to a BBQ restaurant and they let their focus shift towards mac-n-cheese, baked beans, collards and corn bread....when really....the meat is the thing.....

    EMac
    Ft. Pierce, FL

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      tpigeon Dec 21, 2012 05:17 AM

      Their lobster mac & cheese is very good. The king crab claws (hot butter) is my favorite thing on the menu.

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        dlgc809 Dec 21, 2012 07:01 AM

        We eat there quite often, and it really is all about the stone crabs. That being said their crab cakes, and chopped steak are outstanding, hash brown potatoes, coleslaw, lobster cocktail, ginger salmon, apple pie and brownie sundae are excellent.

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          madtheswine Dec 21, 2012 07:43 AM

          The crab cakes are very good. I generally don't like 'breaded and fried' crab cakes, but Joe's does it right. It has great spice. The fried chicken is surprisingly good and is the best value at Joe's.

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            LargeLife Dec 21, 2012 07:53 AM

            Fried chicken is a great value at Joe's.....and I'm sure that there are people that go there just to eat it.....And it's there for those folks that don't eat shellfish but are in the party.....But at the end of the day....its about Stone Crabs....Colossal...Jumbo....Medium....Select.....

            And the service doesn't suck either.....

            EMac
            Ft. Pierce, FL

            1. loratliff Dec 23, 2012 11:02 PM

              If I lived in Miami, I absolutely would go to Joe's just for the fried chicken—delicious! In addition to that and the stone crabs, we also really liked the skinny fried sweet potatoes.

              1. Frodnesor Dec 24, 2012 02:24 PM

                I like the stuffed quahogs ('stuffys"), the "famous" cole slaw has a perverse nostalgic appeal (basically shredded cabbage in vinegar with big dollops of chopped pickle relish and mayo on top, mix it yourself), the fried chicken is great, the lyonnaise potatoes, the grilled tomatoes (topped with some creamed spinach and a slice of cheddar cheese) also have that same weird nostalgic appeal, and the key lime pie.

                I know some people who like some of the fish dishes.

                But honestly, it's not the kind of place to go exploring the nether reaches of the menu - you go to get stone crabs and whatever sides you like and a slice of key lime pie.

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                  erica Jan 20, 2013 07:48 AM

                  Please forgive if this is obvious, but is there any kind of advantage for a first-time visitor in having lunch at Joe's instead of dinner?

                  Are there any "deals," price wise, at lunchtime (could not find lunch menu on their site; do lunch and dinner share the same menu?) Between lunch and dinner, if I plan to arrive at opening time, would I probably face fewer crowds at lunch?
                  If one arrives at opening time, can you usually be seated right away?

                  Does anyone know current prices for stone crabs at Joe's?

                  The chicken sounds like at great deal for the non-crab eater
                  in my party..$5.95, really???

                  Thanks!

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                    dlgc809 Jan 20, 2013 01:22 PM

                    If you arrive for lunch at opening time you should not have a wait. There is a lunch menu and it has more salads etc. but no deals.

                    The fried chicken is great, and the price is right.

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                  LargeLife Jan 22, 2013 06:50 AM

                  Yes, the chicken really is that inexpensive.......

                  The market on stone crabs is extremely high this year....after being extremely low last year.....The catch and release of the crabs has been extremely light......Just not many crabs after last year's bumper crop......Many fish markets are over $35 per pound on selects......Pricey this year.....

                  EMac
                  Ft. Pierce, FL

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                  1. re: LargeLife
                    erica Jan 22, 2013 11:45 AM

                    Does anyone happen to know the price on selects, or on any other size, at Joe's this year?

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                      erica Feb 15, 2013 04:02 AM

                      Answering my own question, for the record: Two of us had lunch here a few days ago (Tuesday). We arrived at 12:30 or so and snagged one of the few tables in the pretty outside dining area. Service is brisk and efficient, waiters readily answer questions about the crab, etc.

                      They were out of the jumbo by the time we ordered; I ordered "large;" plate of 5 cost just over $50. Partner ordered fried chicken, $5.95. Not the greatest-ever fried chicken, but one of the greatest bargains around! Where else does cole slaw ($7.50) cost more than fried chicken?? (Cole slaw=excellent!)

                      Key lime pie: Fabulous; second place to Ma's Fish Camp in Islamorada and the frog place in Key West, though.

                      With one dessert (that pie, with whipped cream), one Mosel Urziger Wūrzgarten Riesling ($9 by the glass; wine prices very reasonable here), chicken, cole slaw and crabs: Total, in the $90 range, with tax, before tip.

                      We loved the place. Great people watching, too.

                      1. re: erica
                        Frodnesor Feb 15, 2013 04:25 AM

                        Here's a little pro tip: jumbos are easier to eat, but the smaller sizes usually have better flavor and texture. My preference are the "selects," which are between medium and large.

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                          erica Feb 15, 2013 05:46 AM

                          Thanks for that...I hope to return once this season, so will try the smaller sizes. I did notice that many diners that appeared to be locals were ordering dishes other than the crab...the prices seem fairly reasonable for the fish, shellfish, etc. I bet even the hamburgers are good here.

                          BTW: There is free parking in the lot across the street from the restaurant; they also have valet parking for $4.

                  2. emily Feb 5, 2013 06:01 AM

                    Thought the lobster roll I had there the other day was excellent.

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                      LargeLife Feb 15, 2013 09:18 AM

                      I'm a Joe's fan...no doubt....Love their chopped salad which is awesome...Lobster salad is served very cold and tasty....Love the friend chicken too.....

                      The do serve a shimp/dill salad on the take-away side...which I also enjoy....They don't serve that in the restaurant....

                      Totally agree with the FrodWizard....as I also go for the selects....which I think are tastier.....

                      Love Joe's....Always have....Alway's will.....Last time I was there I had to perform a heimlich maneuver....on one of their patrons.....That always adds a little panache to the afternoon.....got a standing ovation too....

                      EMac
                      Ft. Pierce, FL

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                        cherie Feb 19, 2013 01:31 PM

                        Hash browns! Coconut shrimp too.

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