Joe’s Bar and Dining HallFebruary 25, 2013
A little while ago I headed down to St Kilda with a group of friends from my undergraduate degree – we were seeing a show later so needed something quick, local and delicious. Not being much of a St Kilda expert, I did a quick search around my favourite blogs and came across a place called Joe’s.
Sound familiar? What used to be the aptly names Greasy Joes has been renovated and given a new lease of life under the name Joe’s Bar & Dining Hall. The food is still American diner style, but the menu has been re-done and I’m all the more happy for it! The fit-out is simple, light wooden tables with pared-back lemon coloured walls, and a new bar running along the middle of the restaurant. It’s a pretty chilled out place, with plenty of sun streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front.
The main gig at Joe’s is burgers – almost everyone at our table of eight had the Joe’s classic burger (Guys! Variety, please!) and, desperate for some variety for this review, I ordered the special of the day, the red cola chicken, which is a kind of southern recipe, and a damn fine one at that! You’d have nothing to regret after ordering this – succulent, tangy pieces of grilled chicken and a refreshing cabbage salad. Delish.
CC, “the healthy one” had a chicken salad and some corn featuring a mohawk. Salad was good but it’s the mohawked corn I was really excited about, great way to serve a side dish.
Enticed? “Enough with chicken, salad and corn!” You say, “Get to the burgers!”
Well ok then:
Got to try a bite of one burger and will vouch for them – juicy beef, strong peppery cheese, good amount of filling. Chips are also great, an old-school, skin-on affair that are cut roughly and slightly soft in the English fish ‘n chip style.
All round a great meal at Joe’s, definitely one to keep in mind next time you’re catching something at the Palais. Finally, thank you to H for being the world’s best hand model – keep on trimming those cuticles, buddy!
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