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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant Review: In business since the early 1900s, after opening as South Beachs first restaurant, this ultimate in seafood places inspires awe as one of the nations 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 Joes experience is pandemonium from the get-go. Grease the palm of the intimidating maître d, and he might take care of you; its 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 youre not prepared to swim upstream against the crowd, cruise into Joes take-out next door and grab your crab to go. Stay for a table, though, and you wont 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 Joes famous Key lime pie. Note: Joes is open only during stone crab season, October to June.