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Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

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Basic Information

Location 25°46′7.8″N 80°8′6.7″W
Phone number 305-673-0365
Country United States
City Miami
Address 11 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment yes
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.joesstonecrab.com/
Geographical Coordinates 25.76886,-80.13504


Summary

Joe's Stone Crab, also known as Joe's Stone Crabs, is an American restaurant in Miami Beach, 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. Even though stone crabs are their most famous dish now, fish was served, rather than crabs, when the restaurant first opened. 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. 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-1980's 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.


History and time period

In 1913, "Hungarian-born Joe Weiss" arrived in Miami Beach from New York hoping to relieve his asthma. Five years later, he opened up the "original Joe's Restaurant" in the front room of the bungalow he shared with his wife Jennie on Biscayne Street. In 1921, an icthyologist noticed the large number of stone crabs in the area and brought them to Joe to find out if they were edible. And as Patricia Schultz says, "And so an institution was born." Famous guests have included Al Capone, Frank Sinatra and Howard Cosell. In 1999, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises became involved and opened a branch in Chicago, followed by the 2005 opening in Las Vegas, NV. These branches are known as "Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab" to set them apart from the 4th generation owned Miami original.


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