Joe's Grill is a diner style cafe with 4 locations in Vancouver.
Great, but not outstanding. Not being a 'breakfast' person, I was surprised at the quality and taste of the food. The portions are quite large, which makes the prices reasonable. The hashbrowns were really good! Willing to return.
I went to Joe's Grill for breakfast this morning, and I'm not sure if it's because of the time we went (got there at 7:30am on a weekday), but it was really really good. The breakfasts are a good size for a great price (it ain't Jane's $2.99 breakfast, but at $5.95, it's still pretty darn good). The basic breakfast came with eggs, homefries, toast, 4 bacon/sausages. I order the corned beef hash and for $7, I got a huge pile of homefries and corned beef (deli style, not dogfood style), toast, eggs.
Our meal came no more than 8 minutes after we ordered. The coffee was hot and good (there is such thing as bad coffee, I have it at work) and the service was great. I would definitely return, but probably again in the morning to avoid crowds.
I LOVE their blueberry stuffed thick pancakes cooked til there's a light crispness to parts of it! Delicious! The blueberries, I'm suspecting is fresh but I can't be sure, but it certainly was not mushy like frozen ones might turn out to be after being whipped & cooked in batter. Though the waffles were served a little closer to luke warm than warm to me, it was still good, though, I can't believe I'd say anything's too crunchy, but this was bordering so since it was getting cold possibly from waiting on the rest of the party's food to be prepped & got too cooled & hardened as a result. The corned beef hash was very flavourful! Love it. Normally, I'd avoid potato hashes but I did enjoy this one. The fresh fruits that came w/ the waffles were quite good in variety. I skipped/wasted the 2 typical sausages & 2 crunchy bacon strips included with my order of waffles though I did enjoy my 2 eggs. Green apple, oranges, honeydew, cantalope & plenty of seedless red grapes. Not like the usual all-melon variety. And all this for a very good price! Our party of 5 were lucky to have arrived at the nick of time this past Sunday just before noon since there was a slight wait for tables of more than 2 for those who came in just after us. You help yourself to a cleaned table so it really is a good first come first served system. They mainly just do breakfast/lunch fare as they close at 6pm normally.
The service is adequate & coffee refill & food checks happened frequently. Speed of the kitchen is very reasonable for such a busy place, it was actually surprisingly quick.
I will be back! Just can't believe they were my default pick when various other previous choices were either not yet open or filled to capacity.
Had some bacon & eggs here this morning. The services was prompt, the eggs were cooked perfectly and the hot sauce was good on the hashbrowns. I will go here again.
I met up with a friend here for a late lunch. We were hoping to go next door but a closed sign squashed that idea, so we cautiously entered seeing only one other occupied table. Self seating (during off peak hours) but our waitress showed up to our booth promptly. Both of us had a hard time picking something - we each ended up with mixed grill breakfast and my friend a chowder on the side. Very ample portions though the food was without the usual grease. The bacon crisps were nice and lean while the fried potatoes were rough chopped boiled potatoes fried with some parsley - I found it on the bland side. My overeasy eggs were nicely done though while both of us agreed the small chicken breast chop and choice cut steak medallion were mostly a dry, bland toss in. My friend described the red chowder as "Campbell's Chunky style" which really meant that it was decent. The food pays homage to the breakfast you'd get at home on a weekend morning. Prices are cheap I think our entrees were one of the most expensive items on the menu, at $14 and includes coffee refills. Based on our meals alone I would rate the food a 2.5 though between each round number it edges itself to the next digit.
Service was prompt and friendly, though I felt our waitress was a little antsy in tending to us - I think she was bored of standing around.
Clean room, with related foodie murials on the walls, though the washrooms were gross.
Lots of other choices on the menu (pancakes, omelettes, sandwiches, burgers) but if breakfast without the grease is your thing, this place might be the ticket.
I had a pretty bad experience here once and didn't return for over a year.
Went back to see if anything changed, and it had!
Very good breakfast and great service. Cheaper than sophies (not saying much).
Still doesn't smell great in there but the stench of cat pee is gone
Tried Joe's for dinner last night, and ordered a burger to see how they faired up against some of the specialty burger joints. Move over Vera and Mary, Joe has got you beat. Great all day breakfast menu, fast friendly service, and really good food; Joe's is still one of my local kits favs for an easy, inexpensive meal.
Joes rules. They do a great breaky with lots of options. Food is always good, service is friendly and FAST. Great place if you live in the area to stumble down to on Sat or Sun morning.
Joe's is usually the place I go to when I have skipped breakfast and want to have a quick lunch with my friends and gossip between classes.
Their ranchero specialty is my favorite for breakfast, or brunch. Its like a mash up of eggs (scrambled), beans, cheese and tomatoes. A little weird, I know, but good nonetheless. Its kinda like one of those things that are weird but you have to try out? If you're not one of those adventurous types of people when it comes to food, then there's normal things on the menu for you as well, like omelettes and pancakes.
I found a hair in my hash browns once. The waitresses are nice, but the door girl ( a young, fat East Indian) who seats people is an rude asshole and the owner/manager an even bigger asshole.
I asked her if i could leave my name for a table and come back in 1o minutes. She says yes. When I came back I saw a table had just been given. She started yelling at me in a snotty voice: I can't hold a table for you! I sad whats the point of giving you my name and coming back as I said? I was polite and calm the whole time and she repeated that again in a rude, loud snotty tone! I felt like slapping her!
I asked to speak to the manager. This homely looking, badly dressed Chinese guy comes out and says. It's my fault and her fault. I said excuse me? You're saying it's my fault? I walked out and said last time I come here!
I was with my 3 year old daughter, and felt bad to subject her to those pieces of crap! I advise you to stay away from this place!
My wife and I have been looking for an honest to goodness diner since moving to Vancouver and I think we finally found it.
Cheap, delicious diner food - Check!
Big portions - Check!
Great prices - Check!
Fast and friendly service - Check!
For just over $20 my wife and I walked away stuff with great, fresh, homemade diner food that was made with love.
Their patty melts are delicious and they use handmade burgers instead of frozen pre-made crap. The fries are cut thick and were fried to golden crispy brown on the outside, soft and yummy on the inside, just perfect. The coleslaw that came as a side was fresh made, not from a jar and was actually really good.
We will be making this place a regular haunt for sure. If you're in the mood for cheap, yummy diner food, I can't recommend Joe's Grill enough. The next best thing is Murphy's in Port Coquitlam.
The breakfast was good - but unlike the info from some of the posters there is no cheap breakfast special. I think all the plates were around 8$ and so we will continue the hunt for a great breakfast special (lots of food on the cheap)...this place was good, but not what we are looking for
We've eaten at Joe's for breakfast many times and have never been disappointed. It has all the usual breakfast dishes one can expect, which makes things easy if it's Sunday morning and you are suffering a hangover. Bacon and Eggs, Omelettes, Waffles, and my favourite - Shrimp Benny. Coffee keeps coming without having to flag down a server. I think they're psychic! In the summertime you can sit outside, although there are only two tables out there. Of course, expect to wait a bit if it's the weekend, unless you get there really early, and really, who gets up early on weekends?
It's not pretending to be a 5 stars restaurant and it's not. But it is sure a good place to go and pay not much for a good breakfast. Service is always good, coffee is very good, potatoes and eggs are good too. The basic breakfast is a good deal. Denny's charges you 12$ for a breakfast, sophie's cosmic café tastes like microwaved breakfast, Joe's grill is a better deal. The french toast were good. Whatever, overall i'd rather pay a reasonable amount of money for a reasonable breakfast than go to an overrated place, overpriced with junk hanging on the walls.
I had the spinach omlet and it was very good. My boyfriend was always going there to eat and I tagged along with the guys and look forward to going whenever I can. We're always going out to eat at different places but we seem to always go back to Joes for the breakfast basics. I also enjoy their pastas and coffee is always goooooodd.
I tried Joes several times and suspect that they use margarine instead of butter-not a good choice for my taste buds.
The last time I went there I waited 40 minutes for a table, finally got the one I wanted, ordered and had just been served when the hostess came over and said she was moving me to another table. The other table was not in an ideal spot and I did not want to be moved after waiting 40 minutes to get the table I wanted. She insisted that I move and picked up my plate and took it to the other table. I was shocked but had no choice but to move. I realized after that she moved me because 4 young males just walked in looking for a table and she wanted to give them my table.
For the first and only time in my life I did not leave a tip as she was so incredibly rude and moving me like that mid-meal was obnoxious.
I never went back and never will ever.
If you could find one place that has it all this is the place to be.First of all my wife and I have been coming here for years and will continue to do so.The waitresses are quick and on the ball,ready to take your orders and to fill your cup with java and are especially nice.The food is great ,she loves the french toast and I love everything else,from the blueberry pancakes to the eggs bennys or the omelettes.Above all the prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is great.Its best to get in early on the weekends there are always lineups.
Joe’s Grill on 4th in Kits should be a must attend intuition! This Kits Girl gets FAB grades and Grads every couple of weeks for attendance and a clean plate!
The food is always hot, fresh, and fab, it’s also enough never to leave you hungry when you leave unless you are extremely picky and just don't know what you’re doing and you sub this and that... just leave it to them and order from the menu! If you ask me what to order I will tell you anything with Hollandaise Sauce (Egg Benny MY FAVE!), but my Hubby will say the Chorizo Hash is the best thing on the menu so there is no winning this argument We have also taken out of town friends and family which told us the Waffles where amazing, and so where the Club House Sandwiches, but away from breakfast is desert in the summer on the way home from the beach .
To the Girls & Cooks this morning... THANKS for sending me home so happily stuffed I wanted to sleep haha.
The service is always great; the servers have been there forever and just know how to treat you (even if they are juggling a million things).
This place is highly recommended several times a month in conversations
I went there on a Sunday morning and it wasn't too busy. The place was pretty clean, but nothing special, except our booth chair was torn and taped up with duct tape. The prices were normal for what you get. However, the food was lacking. The food wasn't as good as a homemade breakfast. My french toast was soggy and the rest of the food was unmemorable. Don't plan on going to any other of the locations.
I don't know how they get the roasted potatoes so perfect but i love it. I cook a lot at home so I'm picky when i go out
and Joe's Grill is always a pleasant experience and is worth the drive from New West (and I hate to drive downtown). I haven't tried anything else there to be honest and believe me
it is usually my intention but I can't pass up the corned beef hash/poached eggs/sausage.
The staff is casual, super fast and professional.