Previous Man v. Food locations I’ve been to:
- The Old Salty Dog in Sarasota, Florida
- Hot N Juicy Crawfish in Las Vegas, Nevada
- The NASCAR Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Shula’s Steak House in Miami, Florida
- Gladys Knight And Ron Winans’ Chicken And Waffles in Atlanta, Georgia
- The Jack-N-Grill in Denver, Colorado
- The Buckhorn Exhange in Denver, Colorado
- The Vortex in Atlanta, Georgia
This makes my NINTH Man v. Food location visit and it was completely unplanned. A couple of weeks ago my wife and I drove down to South Florida to run a couple of errands around Fort Lauderdale (including a stop over at the awesomeness that is the Swap Shop flea market on Sunrise Boulevard.)
After running around town, we decided to pop over to South Beach for dinner. Thus we found ourselves at Joe’s Stone Crab.
Seems fancy, doesn’t it? It is. So when I showed up wearing my shorts, Converse All-Stars, ball cap and hoodie we wondered if I would get in. There’s a sign out front that explicitly states that “no beach attire” is allowed and that all men must wear “shirts with sleeves” and “no cutoff shorts.” We checked with the maitre d’ (who was easily the coolest guy working there) and he said there would be no problem and invited us in.
Now, fun fact about Joe’s Stone Crab: you can’t make reservations. If you go during dinner time, plan. On. Waiting.
The good news, though, is that they have a wonderful bar area (indoors and out) where you can order drinks and some appetizers to kill the time. This particular evening turned out to be my first time having Presidente beer. Good stuff.
Once inside, we ordered some fried asparagus. I’m not fan, but Shannon loves the stuff:
(She especially loves the stuff after two glasses of zinf.)
For the dinner, she ordered an interested concoction: Lobster Macaroni & Cheese. I tried some and it was strangely good. The light crispiness on the layer of baked lobster made it rather tasty.
I ordered the Joe’s Classic: ½ Cole Slaw, ½ Order Select Stone Crab Claws (4) with an individual order of Hashed Brown Potatoes & Creamed Spinach. For dessert: a slice of Key Lime Pie.
The crab was good. The best I’d ever had? Not by a long shot, but remember: I’m not a big fan of stone crabs to begin with. The meals are pricey, but the beer and location made the trip worthwhile.
That – and the key lime pie was epic. Good key lime pie (in my experience) walks that line between sweetness and tartness and the pie at Joe’s balanced it flawlessly. Even if I don’t return for the crabs, I might grab some takeout for the pie again someday.