Joe's Cafe in Granada Hills = awesome
Hi... I know there is another thread that includes this new spot among others, but I wanted to start a fresh one just for Joe's, as our experience there yesterday was really stellar.
I am hesitant to gush over the place, as space/seating is already very limited. But the waitstaff is so friendly and the cooking is tasty, the deserve all the business they can handle in this economy. Good for them!
We were there on Sunday, so breakfast only there till 3:00 p.m.. The rest of the week, breakfast and lunch. Got there an hour before closing, and there was still a short line/wait for seating (a few alfresco tables and as many indoor 2 and 4 tops and conuter seats.
I had: the short stack of three fluffy buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries and bananas, a side of house made sausage patties, and fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. Wife had a breakfast sandwich of melting smoked gouda, bacon and eggs, with a rich ghiardelli dark hot chocolate. Staff was slammed but always pleasant and quite young. Lots of other creative takes on typical breakfst fare. Prices very reasonable.
I want to get there sometime for lunch, for the 4-cheese grilled cheese (add pulled pork for 2 bucks), bleu mac 'n cheese, designer burger and big cobb salad. Lotsa other stuuf, and really fresh housemade breads and pasteries. We brought home slices of huge deep dish blueberry pie, made by Joe's sister, every bit as good as the version at The Coffee Table and Sweet Lady Jane (minus the attitude). Excellent coffee choices, too.
Only shortcoming was the ordering after seating. No one told us we needed to go to the counter to order, and there is no sign despite huge chalkboard. Other than that, the service was fine.
Hope you have a good experience too. They need a bigger space, but they have plenty to handle already. Go now (just not when I'm there, please :-)