Joe’s Stone Crab
If in doubt, South Beach locals will always point visitors in the direction of Joe’s Stone Crab, this world-famous restaurant in Miami. In 1913 Joe Weiss, the man who claimed to have discovered the edible virtues of the stone crab, opened up Joe’s Stone Crab for business and created Miami Beach’s monument to informal, fine dining, a place where Al Capone, J. Edgar Hoover and the Kennedys used to hang out. The seasonal stone crabs are served in a delicious mustard sauce, the recipe for which is apparently as secret as the formula for Coca-Cola. For non-crab lovers there are other dishes, but it would be a shame to ignore this restaurant’s signature dish. This is not an intimate dining location, but the atmosphere and ultra-efficient service make for a satisfying outing. They don’t take reservations, so it’s first come, first served, and some will wait for hours. This is a touristy venue, but the food is too good to ignore.