Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach

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Joe’s Stone Crab, also known as Joe’s Stone Crabs, is a restaurant in Miami Beach in Florida. The restaurant was opened in 1913, by Joe Weiss, who began his Miami Beach career by cooking at Smith’s Casino beginning in 1913. Joe’s is the top buyer of Florida stone crab claws, and it plays a significant role in the industry, influencing the wholesale price and financing many crabbers.

Even though stone crabs are their most famous dish now, fish was served, rather than crabs, after the restaurant’s opening. When an ichthyologist asked Weiss why he didn’t serve stone crabs, he answered that no one would want to eat them. He turned out to be wrong, as they found out soon after first cooking them.

© AndonicO./cc-by-2.5 Florida Stone Crab © flickr.com - Andrea Westmoreland/cc-by-sa-2.0 © flickr.com - Veronica ML/cc-by-2.0 Joe's Stone Crab © Jim Heaphy/cc-by-sa-3.0 © FoodOfMiami
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Florida Stone Crab © flickr.com - Andrea Westmoreland/cc-by-sa-2.0
Joe’s Stone Crab is often visited by politicians, actors, and athletes. It was featured in the 1985 film The Mean Season before its mid-1980s remodeling. The restaurant is reputedly referenced in Ian Fleming‘s novel “Goldfinger” as “Bill’s on the Beach” in which James Bond ate the best meal he had ever eaten in his life. It was also in the comedy film Big Trouble starring Tim Allen. It was also mentioned in the film There’s Something About Mary.

The Florida stone crab is usually fished near jetties, oyster reefs or other rocky areas, just as for blue crabs. The bodies of these crabs are relatively small and so are rarely eaten, but the claws (chelae), which are large and strong enough to break an oyster’s shell, are considered a delicacy. Harvesting is accomplished by removing one or both claws from the live animal and returning it to the ocean where it can regrow the lost limb(s). To be kept, claws must be 2.75 inches (70 mm) long, measured from the tips of the immovable finger to the first joint. Mortality rates for declawed crabs are unknown; 20% of landed claws are regrown, while mortality rates of 47% for doubly amputated crabs and 28% for single amputees have been observed experimentally. In the United States, Florida stone crabs are legal for harvest from October 15 until May 15. The catch varies from year to year, ranging between 2.0 and 3.5 million in the period 1982–2009, overwhelmingly from the Gulf coast (as opposed to Atlantic coast).

Read more on Wikipedia Florida Stone Crab and Wikipedia Joe’s Stone Crab (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.





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