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20 Jul


Joe’s Stone Crab House

July 20, 2013 | By |

Miami Beach has its share of glitzy overpriced restaurants, and I am afraid
that Joe’s Stone Crab is one of them. But don’t take my word for it, the place has been featured on several food shows and has been bringing them in since 1913. One of South Beach’s original restaurant’s. Very few have been around as long as Joe’s.

Maybe I’m missing something here or I have been spoiled with great Canadian east coast lobster, or mouth watering seafood that I have experienced while travelling through my parents native Portugal.

Don’t get me wrong I have had some great seafood in southern Florida. In fact for just a fraction of the ticket at Joe’s, I would prefer the seafood soups offered up at the local Whole Foods on Alton road & 10th street. Their lobster bisque, Key’s conch chowder or clam chowder don’t fall short to Joe’s.

Should you decide to be one of the many to visit the historic Joe’s Stone Crab for yourself, they are located at 11 Washington Avenue, in the beautiful South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood.


12 Apr


Some South Beach History

April 12, 2013 | By |

There is a lot of history spread out all over South Beach, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Miami Design Prevention League. Be sure to walk along Ocean Drive and take in its former splendor and history.

If you are a movie buff like myself, you have probably watched the 1983 film, “Scarface”, at some time or other. Scripted by Oliver Stone, this Brian de Palma updating of the old gangster story is now regarded as a classic. An old English teacher of mine referred to it as basically RICHARD III with a lot of coke.

When Fidel Castro opened up the harbour at Mariel in May 1980 to allow 125,000 Cubans to join relatives in the US, he took the opportunity to export some of the country’s toughest criminals.

Al Pacino’s character, Tony Montana’s arrival in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach was shot on Ocean Drive at 7th Street. The ‘Sun Ray Apartments’, where Montana’s brother is dismembered by chainsaw, has been revamped to become Johnny Rocket’s, 728 Ocean Drive between the Beacon and Colony hotels near 7th street.

Go ahead and walk up the stairs and maybe knock on the door where the scene took place in ’83. Don’t be scarred, the chainsaw wielding Columbians are long gone, and at the writing of this post the apartments above Johnny Rockets were up for lease, so I don’t think anyone will answer.