BEST PREPARED FOODS - 2005
www.joesstonecrab.com With lines perennially stretching outside of Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, Joe's Take-Away next door has become known simply as "Joe's Without the Wait." Same impeccably fresh stone crab claws of all prices and sizes are sold here by the piece, and they come with the same famous mustard sauce -- as well as with a take-out bag of Joe's assorted rolls and breads. Accompaniments such as hash browns, coleslaw, and creamed spinach are on hand. Not feeling crabby? Tasty alternatives include an array of other warm entrées (fried chicken, lobster ravioli, crabcakes), numerous vegetable and pasta salads, and some of the best sandwiches around; we're partial to the oyster po'boy. A full coffee bar boosted with bodacious baked goods makes Joe's a neat place for cappuccino and signature key lime pie, which, like the food, can be packed up in minutes or enjoyed at counter seating by the front window. The location makes Joe's Take-Away convenient for the nautical set too, allowing them to stock the cabin with all manner of gastronomic necessities and luxuries.