At Joe's, you go for the steak and stone crab, but you stay for so much more.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is as diverse as it is delicious. Though famous for their stone crabs from the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant inside the Forum Shops at Caesars boasts a variety of steaks, chops, chicken and seafood.
The old-school steakhouse ambiance features seating within the restaurant as well as patio seating that opens into the Forum Shops. Tuxedoed waiters complete with crab pin are happy to go over your menu options.
General Manager Dave Quillen is quick to point out the tablecloths are off-white, the point being while you get a fine dining experience, Joe's isn't a stuffy, snobby place where everybody turns around and looks at you if you drop a fork. Rather, Joe's is a comfortable dining atmosphere, where you can come as you are and eat great food, experience excellent service, and enjoy a fun atmosphere without all the pomp and circumstance. After all, you eat their No. 1 seller (stone crab), sans utensils.
Appetizers include creamy spinach-stuffed mushrooms. These tender mushrooms filled with spinach, garlic and topped with stringy Swiss cheese are a perfect way to start your meal. Other appetizers include crispy fried calamari, crab and artichoke gratin and the Second Mortgage, a selection of fresh stone crab, jumbo shrimp, lobster and shrimp and scallop ceviche. There's also a sweet stone crab bisque that spotlights the delicate flavors of stone crab.
Main courses include quality steaks seasoned with Joe's spices. Seafood options like salmon and swordfish are available as well as land fare like fried chicken and grilled pork chops. And of course, there are stone crabs ? lots and lots of stone crabs, available in several different sizes. If you're having stone crabs, you must try them with Joe's mustard sauce. This simple sauce has hints of garlic and spices and perfectly complements the luscious stone crabs.
Adventurous options include calf's liver, served with bacon and onions or lobster tail tempura, lobster tail lightly battered and fried to a golden brown color. There is also a bar food menu that offers burgers and sandwiches at very reasonable prices. All offerings on this menu are served with French fries or sweet potato chips.
Sides include a hearty portion of Lyonnaise potatoes, cottage fried potatoes, pan sautéed corn, and spinach with butter and garlic, all great for sharing. Joe's cole slaw and Joe's grilled tomatoes are also tasty sides.
If you need a cocktail, try Daddy's key lime pie. The recipe is top secret. All I can tell you is it's served with Skyy Vodka and the cocktail is in memory of Paul "Daddy" Wilson Sr., who baked the pies at Joe's for almost 40 years. Speaking of pies, Joe's has a great key lime pie with silky smooth filling and graham cracker crust.
The Havana Dream pie (Joe's take on a tres leches) is moist, thin layers of cake filled with custard and soaked in sweetened condensed milk. The cake is drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a dab of whipped cream.
If you're looking to book a private room for an event, conference or party, Joe's has three meeting rooms available. There is also a full bar area to enjoy food and cocktails.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is sure to please a variety of appetites with delicious land and sea fare.
-- Review by Nikki Neu