I don’t have a lot of time to post today but wanted to get this in since I haven’t updated for awhile! Last week J and I had dinner with our very good friends who were visiting from NYC. They used to live in Venice Beach and would dine at Joe’s often, and although the restaurant is quite famous, I’d never had a chance to dine there and was excited to finally go!
The minute I walked in, I knew I’d fall in love with it. Joe’s has that warm, neighborhood bistro feel, with the added bonus of stellar, first-class service and a familiar yet refined menu. I feel it is what Parkway Grill in Pasadena may have been back in its glory days. J and I used to go to Parkway to celebrate anniversaries or birthdays, but warmth it once held for us has dissipated with an effort by management to over-complicate what was once beautifully done, classically prepared-yet-modern California cuisine. Joe’s doesn’t try to put unnecessary bells and whistles like lemon-lime bubbles on a fish dish; they simply make perfectly executed plates with all the savory, comforting flavors you know and love but elevate it to fine dining. It’s just unfortunate that Joe’s is in Venice- a bit far for us to go often. If only Parkway Grill would take a cue from Joe’s…………
Anyway, the four of us ate many different things, but between the lively conversation, dim lighting and many glasses of wine, it was difficult to capture the loveliness of every dish. Here are a few of our favorites from that night:
Everything was delicious and I can’t wait to go back.