Joe’s Café an all-around winner

Tired of the same cookie-cutter breakfast restaurants that serve food that looks nothing like it was advertised? Meals that were prepared hours before you even arrived? Overpriced and overrated dishes with absolutely no flair and horrible presentation? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Joe’s Café in Granada Hills is where you need to go.

This tiny café tucked away in Granada Hills offers some of the breakfast dishes in the Valley, with prices relatively cheap compared to its chain-restaurant competitors. From customizable omelets to plump and fluffy pancake stacks, Joe’s Café has all your breakfast favorites covered.

Joe’s Café even has a lunch menu with very tasty and healthy options. Have a grilled mushroom sandwich with portabella mushrooms, melted smoked cheddar cheese, and fresh vegetables. Craving something meatier? Order The Beef, a half-pound burger topped with house smoked cheddar, roasted jalapeño aioli, avocado cream, lettuce, tomat and drunken onions on a soft pretzel bun.

Another great aspect of this restaurant is the portion size of the meals they serve.  My favorite dish at Joe’s Café, the stuffed French toast, is almost equivalent to half a loaf of bread. The order is so large that when I dress it with maple syrup, some of it drips off the side plate because of the amount of space the toast takes up. My friend who ordered the omelet had to break it down into three sections, and claimed she was full halfway through the second. Still not full? Add bacon, sausage, two eggs and toast to any of your breakfast orders for only $2.00. Also, try the robust Roasted Rose Potato side that’s sure to make your mouth water.

In the mood for something sweet? Joe’s Café has a way assortment of pastries and desserts ranging from $1.75 to $3.50. Their bakery serves everything from coffee-cake muffins, to seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie; Joe’s always has the perfect treat for your sweet tooth.  Joe’s Café also brews fresh Intelligentsia coffee, which is hands down better than Starbucks on its best day.

The only true drawback to dining at Joe’s Café is its congestion. The café is roughly the size of three prison cells and can only seat a maximum of 25 or so people. This often leads to overcrowding, horrible parking and 45-minute to an hour waits to find an open table. If you plan on going to Joe’s on the weekend, always make a reservation. The bright side of the size of this restaurant is that it makes a good place for dates because of its friendly ambiance and exclusivity. Plus the eloquent and savory presentation of its food is sure to make a lasting impression on its customers.

If you’re tired of the lackluster cooking at places like IHOP, Joe’s Café is definitely worth a visit. It’s truly a testament to the phrase “big things come in small packages.”

Location: 17815 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills, California 91324

Phone: 818-488-9841


Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Breakfast until 11:30 a.m.)

Sundays 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Breakfast only)

Closed on Mondays