BEST WAY TO BEAT THE WAIT AT JOE'S STONE CRAB Miami 2004 - Joe's Take Away
From the "duh" file: This 90-year-old institution qualifies as one of America's most famous restaurants, with primo food, a vast and varied menu, super service, and a pleasantly hectic ambiance. But only a tourist would endure the notorious wait for a seating. From the "beat the system" file: Visit this annex next door to the main restaurant and force yourself to decide from a roomful of eye-popping, mouthwatering works of edible art. Stone crabs, of course. But maybe also some squid salad, an overstuffed sandwich, some lobster ravioli, and the flourless chocolate cake. No, the key lime pie. Um, those cookies are huge. Carry your bounty two-tenths of a mile south to South Pointe Park, spread a blanket on the grass, take in the spectacular aquamarine view, and -- the rest doesn't require a file.