Review of Joe's in Las Vegas
Living in South Florida for a brief period, the original Joe’s in Miami is known as one of the best and most iconic restaurants in the city. It’s a place known for great food and it’s an atmopshere to see or be seen.
Joe’s is also one of the most famous spots to get the unique Florida Stone Crabs.
Florida Stone Crabs are only available a few months a year and typically only the claws are harvested, which the crab can actually regenerate. In a weird way, it’s a sustainable harvesting process.
It’s viewed as somewhat of a delicacy and there’s not a more popular place in South Florida to get stone crab claws than Joe’s.
Though we never had the chance to visit the original Joe’s location in Miami, we did get to have dinner at the Joe’s in Las Vegas during our recent trip.
The Joe’s in Las Vegas is located in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s, which is just beside the massive Caesar’s Palace resort on the Vegas strip.
It has a beautiful dining room and the atmosphere makes for a very elegant experience. The service is outstanding. You can tell that Joe’s is a restaurant that works hard to meet a first-class standard in every way.
For our dinner, we ordered a plate of stone crab claws as an appetizer for the table.
I’ve had stone crab a few times, and even at Joe’s, I think they’re overrated. For a restaurant that’s supposed to be “the place” for stone crab claws, I think it’s too much work to get the meat out of the shell and I can’t tell a noticeable difference in flavor from other crab claws.
And at $35 for an appetizer, my eating energy is better spent elsewhere.
I’m not sure it’s fair to call these “cakes.”
It felt like I was served two giant mounds of delicious lump crabmeat.
There must have been some type of bonding agent to form them together, but you could barely taste any breading. Add in a squirt of lemon juice and some butter and it was near perfection.
I’ll let others deal with the work of cracking crab claws while I enjoy my awesome crab mountains that have been wonderfully prepared.
We also ordered a couple sides for the table, but it honestly didn’t matter to me. With the size and taste of my entree, I had no time or attention for side dishes.
Joe’s will always be known for its stone crabs. Whether it’s in Miami, Las Vegas, or any other location that pops up, people will visit for a chance to try the stone crab claws.
While that’s a unique part of the experience, don’t sell yourself short. Explore the menu and you’re likely to find something even more delicious.
I know I did.