Kickin' it old school - dinner at Joe's Seafood Steak and Stone Crab
It's not my usual kind of place but my colleagues selected Joe's for dinner and I thought I would share my impressions of this veritable institution.
Not far from the Loop, my office colleagues and I had a fantastic dinner at Joe's this week. Surprisingly hoppin' on a Wednesday night, it didn't take long for us to be seated at our table once all members of our party arrived.
The atmosphere is buzzy and lively with a mix of clientele. Surprisingly quite a few dates, but for the most part, just business dinners and tourists. It is a casual, semi-formal dress kind of place.
I had the crab cake dinner - fat lumps of crab meat gently bound together with rich mayo and a dusting of bread crumbs - just enough to lend a crisp crust to the cake. It was divine. We shared side dishes of Lyonnaise potatoes and roasted corn. My colleagues had the rib eye and a fisherman's platter (which had an assortment of fresh seafood - scallops, haddock, etc.) My colleague thought the rib eye was amongst the best he ever had. The bite I had was meltingly memorable - juicy, flavourful and the right amount of chew. The seafood platter had rave reviews. She had it grilled and found it was a great alternative to the steaks.
The service at Joe's - phenom. Old school waiters take care of your every need, available when you need them but invisible otherwise. Water glasses were always magically full. Service was as if we were the only ones in the restaurant - it was attentive and detailed.
Joe's is not a bad meal if you are looking for some high quality steak or seafood. There is nothing creative or new here. This is pure old school - fantastic food with superb service.
Thanks for posting this and reminding me that I have always really liked Joe's, but it fell out of regular rotation. Funny thing is that Joe's in this format-- crab claws and steak versus Miami Beach's original seasonal crab restaurant -- is only 10 years old. It's been too long since I've had a second mortgage, steak and claws, and some key lime pie.