While the rest of the country experiences fall, summer, winter and spring, Miami's year looks a little different. Here we have three seasons: hurricane season, football season and crab season, which officially begins tomorrow.
This is especially good news for fans of Joe's Stone Crab, who have been counting down the days for its season to begin since it ended this August. At 5 p.m. today, the South Beach staple will be opening its doors for the 103rd year, serving up stone crabs a day early.
Joe's has come a long way since the early 1900's when it was the only restaurant on Collins ave. But even today it faces little competition. With nearly half a million pounds of stone crabs sold last season, Joe's remains the most iconic restaurant in Miami Beach.
If wait times are long (as expected) head next door to Joe's Take Away opening at the same time today, an 80-seater serving all of Joe's signature items as well as its own specialties like fried chicken, lobster reuben and soy truffle tuna ceviche.
Joe's Stone Crab is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and serves dinner daily starting at 5 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Take Away opens daily at 7:30 a.m. and serves breakfast until 11:30 a.m., closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.