Dinner at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

 

My husband and I  recently went to Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant in Chicago. It’s just steps from the Hampton! As we entered the restaurant through the revolving doors, we were immediately drawn into the buzz and excitement of the crowded bar area. The dim lighting created a relaxing and elegant ambiance and the faint smell of charred meat radiating from the kitchen made us excited to sit down and start our experience. As we approached the host stand, we were immediately welcomed and were promptly shown to our table.

 

The Mortgage for Two is a MUST when going to Joe’s. This appetizer has a generous assortment of fresh seafood choices including two king crab pieces, two jumbo shrimp, two lobster cocktails, and a shrimp and scallop ceviche all presented on a bed of green lettuce and served with cocktail sauce, fresh mustard, and a lemon wedge. Very refreshing and enjoyable! A great mix of fresh seafood flavors and textures. The King crab was very tender and easy to extract from the shell. The jumbo shrimp had a great outer snap and paired well with both the mustard and fresh cocktail sauce. The lobster meat was very juicy and fresh, and the shrimp and scallop ceviche added a great color and citrus flavor to the dish. Overall, an excellent starter and portioned perfectly for two people.

 

For an entrée I ordered the Parmesan Crusted Halibut which includes a large tender parmesan crusted halibut fillet served alongside a small bowl of lemon cream cilantro sauce on a large white ovular plate. The halibut was prepared extremely well. It was very tender and flakey overall and the crisp parmesan crust added an excellent textural contrast to the tenderness of the fish. The lemon cream sauce paired very well with the halibut and added a refreshing citrus flavor. Delicious!

 

Don’t forget about dessert! The Banana Cream Pie with Foster Sauce was amazing. You receive a large fluffy piece of banana cream pie topped with a sprinkle of fresh pralines and served in a small pool of Foster sauce on a small round dish. Wow! A great dessert overall. Very generous portion size. The bananas were very fresh overall, and the whipped cream was light and not at all overpowering. The pralines added a great textural crunch and the Foster sauce really tied all ingredients together. Great take on a classic dessert!

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