Miami Institution Joe’s Stone Crab Receives Prestigious Title

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Stone crabs have become one of Florida’s finest delicacies from the months of October through May, with special thanks to one very important Miami institution: Joe’s Stone Crab. The Miami Beach seafood mecca has remained one of Miami’s most famous dining destinations since its inception in 1913 when founder Joe Weiss opened up a small lunch counter in Miami Beach serving fish sandwiches and fries. This small counter eventually turned into the mega dining destination, Joe’s Stone Crab, located in the prestigious South of Fifth neighborhood.

Stone crabs in Miami have become synonymous with the legendary spot, which also has remained one of the hardest tables to snag in the city. Due to its strict no reservations policy and mouth-watering cuisine, the restaurant draws in a crowd waiting on line for a table from the moment its doors open at 6 p.m. Therefore, it can be safely stated that Joe’s Stone Crab is arguably Miami’s most famous dining destination. Well, it just so happens that Food & Wine has taken this assumption a step further and actually pronounced that it is one of the 40 Most Important Restaurants in the U.S. Over The Past 40 Years—the second most important, in fact.

The 2018 list revealed the 40 most important restaurants due to a number of categories, but most importantly the restaurant’s impact on American dining. The list pays respect to the restaurant’s ability to transform the crab and seafood influence in restaurant dining, as well as its impeccable service, world-famous key lime pie and celebrity following over the years.

The prestigious title is a big win for Miami’s dining scene, which has long been overlooked but is currently proving itself to be a major force within the U.S. culinary industry.