Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab
Caesars Palace (last visit: June 2005).
This is part of a small chain, based in Miami Beach. I had lunch here. Service was inconsistent. The initial greeting was friendly, and I was seated quickly. Water was quickly offered, and a very good bread basket arrived shortly thereafter. However, the server took a long time to bring me a menu, and seemed in a hurry. This slow-to-return then in-a-hurry attitude would recur. Oh yeah, I was never even offered dessert, just handed the check. Isn't this place famous for its key lime pie?
I had never had stone crabs, so I gave them a try as an appetizer. They were OK, but I guess I'm not a fan. Also, I thought Joe's was known for its mustard sauce. None was provided. One nice touch: after I was finished, an assistant came by with a lemon, and squeezed the juice over my hands into a waiting bowl. He then gave me a hot, wet towel. Much appreciated.
I had glazed black cod as an entree. It was a big piece of wonderfully moist, flaky fish. The glaze was excellent. A trifle sweet, it began to cloy after a few bites. Not to worry - half a lemon was provided; the juice made the sauce perfect. On the other hand, I could have done without the pedestrian french fried sweet potatoes.
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