Here’s the thing, I am allergic to shellfish. Was I going to spend an outrageous amount of money at a fancy restaurant where almost everything could kill me? Or would I spend a pretty regular amount at its casual back door nook and eat something that would not kill me? Yeah, I chose option 2.
Joe’s Stone Crab originally opened in 1913 and has become famous for its extremely long wait time. They don’t take reservations (it’s first come, first served), you can’t bribe the Maître’s D’, and it’s only open between mid-October and mid-May because that’s when stone crab is in season.
I chose to eat at Joe’s Take Away which was originally literally the back door of the restaurant where people would order tasty claws and sides without the wait to its current 80-seat market. You can find all Joe’s signature items on its menu, in a casual environment. I had the day’s special pulled pork with a slice of key lime pie.