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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant Review

: In business since the early 1900s, after opening as South Beach’s first restaurant, this ultimate in seafood places inspires awe as one of the nation’s most celebrated. The founding family still owns and runs it on an entire city block below Fifth Street, and its mainstay remains the claw of the Florida stone crab. The Joe’s experience is pandemonium from the get-go. Grease the palm of the intimidating maître d’, and he might take care of you; it’s worth a try. Waiting three hours for a table is neither unheard of nor complained about. At the Olympic-sized bar, wait along with die-hard locals and determined tourists, since only celebrities and moguls can make reservations. If you’re not prepared to swim upstream against the crowd, cruise into Joe’s take-out next door and grab your crab to go. Stay for a table, though, and you won’t be disappointed. The medium stone crabs (remember, stone crab in Florida means only the claw---by law) are best, and the creamy mustard dipping sauce a suitable, if unnecessary, sidekick. Otherwise, the seafood and grilled entrées are unpretentious but good. The sides---creamed spinach, cole slaw, potatoes, simple salads---complete the superstar seafood repasts. Finish with Joe’s famous Key lime pie. Note: Joe’s is open only during stone crab season, October to June.

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