|Joe's Stone Crab|
On the way back north after our incredible journey to Havana in early November, B and I soaked in two days of fun and sun in South Beach. Lucky for us, the timing coincided with the beginning of stone crab season. These over-sized clawed crustaceans rival the tender delicacy of a Maine lobster claw. As a New Englander I did not think anything could compare to lobstah, but it's cousin claws awfully close!
Joe's Stone Crab is one of only a few truly historic Miami institutions, whether culinary or otherwise. It opened its doors in 1913 and every year since, during stone crab season (October 15 - May 15), Joe's continues to bring old-school elegance and yesteryear glamour to South Florida. Joe's pays homage to the sustainable harvesting of the crab--only serving it in-season--and its tuxedo'd waiters work tirelessly to serve the crowds. But despite the formality of this restaurant, reservations are not accepted, so waiting is part of the deal.
I highly recommend this experience if you find yourself in Miami during stone crab season. For approximately $50 a person you too can fall in love with this most perfect of crustaceans.