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There is an obvious reason that Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach Miami has been around for 95 years, and it’s not just the location… Joe’s stone crabs serves up the freshest, cleanest, most delicious stone crabs this side of the Mississippi (does Mississippi have stone crabs?)… The waiter told us that the stone crabs have been caught locally in South Florida for years.

Joes Stone Crab - Outside

Joes Stone Crab - Outside

Joe's Stone Crabs

Joe's Stone Crabs

The stone crabs are served pre-cracked with a piquant mustard-mayonnaise sauce, complementing the cool, fresh stone crabs with a lively kick. I found a recipe for the mustard sauce on Epicurious.com, however I have yet to try it out, so do not take my word for it.

* 1 tablespoon Colman’s dry mustard, or more to taste,
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
* 1 teaspoon A-1 sauce
* 2 tablespoons light cream
* salt

Joe's Stone Crabs - Soft Shell Crabs in Oats

Joe's Stone Crabs - Soft Shell Crabs in Oats


Interesting fact about stone crabs from Joe’s website: “The claws make up half the weight of the whole crab, they are removed by carefully grabbing from the rear and twisting. The crab is returned to water and the claw regenerates. It takes between 12 to 24 months to reach legal size again”… Fact or Fiction? I am still skeptical.
Joes Stone Crab - Key Lime Pie

Joes Stone Crab - Key Lime Pie


I had ordered the evening’s special, Soft Shell crabs battered in oats over rhubarb, baby corn and spinach in a creamy sherry sauce… divine! The crunchy dry texture of the batter contrasted perfectly with the creamy, soothing consistency of the sauce… the rhubarb and baby corns were crunchy (cooked beautifully), and the spinach leaves soft, but still green, not overcooked. The whole dish was beautiful.

For the sides, we ordered the spinach sauteed in garlic (very garlicy) and the hash browns… Both fantastic. The hash browns were seasoned with salt and pepper and had crispy outer crust. Our waiter informed us that these were the two staple side dishes… rightfully so.

And of course, had to order the Key Lime Pie for dessert… This was key lime pie done right… Yellow, creamy, not too tart but just enough, with a thick crumbling pie crust. Beautiful.

As much as I rave, the only way to fully experience these world famous stone crabs is to try them yourself… Be prepared to be impressed.

When you grow up in a family who frequents states like Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts for family vacations, and all you every wanted to go to was Disney or the Bahamas, the one thing that you learn to appreciate is fresh seafood… Surprisingly, fresh Seafood happens to be one of the hardest things to find in New York City, and is reason #154 why I absolutely love Miami… Miami has FANTASTIC seafood! The Crab House Miami is reason #155.

Crab House Miami - Alaskan King Crab

Crab House Miami - Alaskan King Crab

The Crab House Miami\’s giant red neon crab illuminates from a half a mile away, which could deter you from expecting THE quality food that is actually served.

One Saturday afternoon, my friends and I stopped in, craving fresh crab… and that was exactly what we got… times 10! We ordered the Crab Trio – heaping portions of Pacific Coast Dungeness Crab, Alaskan King Crab, and Snow Crab. This dish was ample enough for two people. When the dishes were delivered, we dug right in, uttering words of \”look how this huge chunk (of crabmeat) this chunk is!\”…. \”oh thats a good one\”…. By the end of my first visit, I was sold, and continued to sell this place to all of my fellow seafood lovers. However, we noticed a noticeable decrease in portions on our Saturday night return trip… it could have been an off night, or they didn\’t order enough seafood for larger crowds. Nevertheless, the quality of seafood was still superb.

Crab House Miami - Salmon and Crab Cake

Crab House Miami - Salmon

My mother had ordered the crab cakes, which were far from disappointing – Spiced with a slight kick, these colossal crab cakes overflowed with real lump crab and spiced seafoody goodness – I trust their award winning status.

However, I do recommend steering away from the all you can eat buffet (the quality of the seafood is just not to par with the menu ordered meals) and skip the Cedar Planked Salmon, as the Salmon, as well as the accompanying side dishes, are simply bland.

Oh! And for 6.99, grab the unlimited salad bar… it beats ordering salad from the menu… man it up and make it yourself!!

Overall MiamiFoodie Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The Crab House
1551 79th St Causeway
Miami, FL 33141
(305) 868-7085

Define annoyance. Annoyance is driving up and down Rickenbacker Causeway 3 times, having to pay the same toll booth lady ALL 3 times, who CLEARLY recognizes you from less than 5 minutes ago.

Rusty Pelican - Key Biscayne, FL

Rusty Pelican - Key Biscayne, FL


We were in search of the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, an off-the-beaten-path seafood restaurant that we had read rave reviews about, but at this time cursed it’s location and dismal signage.

The Rusty Pelican View

The Rusty Pelican View

Our bellyaching ceased once we entered the main dining room… we were immediately enthralled by the sparkling panoramic view of Miami. The Rusty Pelican is to Miami what the Waters Edge is to Manhattan, an amazing restaurant located adjacent to the city skyline.

When not eating, we were captivated by the shimmering neon skyline backdrop. The city felt grand, a perspective of Miami that I had not experienced before.

After ordering our drinks, the waiter brought us the most addicting breadbasket ever: thinly sliced pieces of Italian bread, toasted with butter and sprinkled with melted cheddar cheese, flavors perfectly melding together. Just like Pringles, “once you pop, you can’t stop”… and we didn’t… until the fried calamari appetizer was served.

The fried calamari was cooked PERFECTLY… tender, not chewy, the batter crisp and light, and served with a chipotle mayo, slightly spicy and beautifully complementing. My only suggestion would be to make the dip spicier, but that is a personal preference. Needless to say, we had already nominated this restaurant our favorite before the main courses had even arrived.

The wine was flowing when our main courses made it to the scene… I admit that I expected lower quality than what was served. Many restaurants in New York with great locations skimp on quality, but this was not the case. My two friends ordered Lobster Tails stuffed with crab meat… perfectly cooked, ample portions, deliciously seasoned, there was not one complaint about the dish from any of us… Perfect!

I ordered the Spicy Lobster and Crab Pasta – Lobster and Crab sauteed in a spicy lobster brandy sauce with prosciutto and parmesan cheese, over penne rigate. The dish was delicious as well, topped with shredded real crab meat, chunks of lobster blended into the pasta. Enticing, spiced beautifully, and again an oversized portion.

My other friend, who ached for scallops the entire weekend, satisfied her craving with the Shrimp and Scallop Scampi, served over a bed of fettuccine. A basic dish that is somewhat difficult to ruin, the scallops and shrimp were a good size and seasoned well.

This restaurant was truly amazing, the ambiance unparalleled. For the hours we were there, we felt like we were in a different world. There is nothing I appreciate more in a dining experience than feeling like I am on a journey, far from the everyday norm. The Rusty Pelican is definitely in my top 5 favorites of Miami restaurants.

MIAMI FOODIE RATING: 5 of 5 Stars!!

Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Cswy
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-3818


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