Joe’s Cafe – Granada Hills, California
Once you get north of Burbank Boulevard in the Valley (and some would argue it stops at Ventura Boulevard) the San Fernando Valley can be a wasteland of interesting, good and unique places to eat…but if you brave it all the way to the wilds of “old” Granada Hills on Chatsworth Street, you’ll find a beacon of thoughtful foodie-ness at Joe’s Cafe. Now be warned…it’s a tiny place…if you’re a large man you might not even be able to fit in…(just kidding)…there are only a few seats inside which they supplement with some outside tables…so if you head there during a busy time…say Sunday brunch…you might have to wait for some place to sit…but you’ll be rewarded with top notch home made food. So do it!
Our first time eating there was actually our second time there…this was as a result of us being unaware of the limited hours for breakfast…This is actually our only complaint about the place…we often aren’t able to get to brunch until a little later so if we’re going on any day but Sunday, they stop serving the breakfast menu at 11:30 am…even on Saturdays…so we missed that window on our first trip there but headed back another day when we were able. More breakfast time please Joe’s!
Everything about the place demonstrates attention to detail, the farm-sourced food, the staff and the restaurant is smartly designed with a modern sensibility
While we were waiting for our feed they brought an olive and pretzel bread which was served with grape and apple jam which was great!
We had ordered 2 croissant sandwiches with egg and smoked gouda. I subbed olives for the bacon and Addie subbed avocado for the bacon. The olives subbed the perfect amount of saltiness for the sandwich and Addie (who had sunny side over medium eggs on hers enjoyed it quite a bit.
Our 4 year old had greek yogurt with honey which kept him quite happy.
As potato fiends we do wish there was a potato option with their breakfast offerings…we’re sure they’d do a great job with potatoes!
We also saw an order of pancakes go by and they looked pretty darned good, coveed with fresh berries.
Although we didn’t eat lunch there were some drool-worthy items on the menu which would have satisfied our vegetarian needs including the “Extra Cheese Grilled Cheese” and the “Mac ‘N Bleu” Cheese” and a grilled mushroom sandwich.
The coffee was also good…self-serve Intelligentsia brand.
We were impressed with the chef’s attention to detail…making sure plates were perfectly presented and spotless on their way out. We also always appreciate a restaurant that makes a point of telling you that menu items are seasonal…let’s us know they put a lot of thought to what they serve.
The Valley needs more places like Joe’s Cafe…in the mean time, as they say, Eat at Joe’s.
17815 Chatsworth Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344