Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The food experience: Joe Beef

For the past few months all everyone seems to be talking about is Joe Beef, Joe beef and more Joe Beef. In magazines, food blogs even on television everyone seems to be head over heels in love with Joe Beef. Dare I say it has developed a cult following? The dark yet comforting and relaxed atmosphere and the blackboard menu engulfs you and makes you feel part of Joe Beef. At least that's how I felt.

Before I continue any further, I must say that Joe Beef is not going to be everyones favorite, you need an open mind, an empty stomach and love for adventure. Bringing my best friend, the notorious pickiest eater I know, was a huge mistake, well maybe not. I did get to eat her meal and it was almost better than mine!

Walking into the restaurant for the first time, I was over hyper and excited and couldn't wait to eat. We were shown to our table and encouraged to spend as much time as needed drooling at the enormous chalkboard menu. I should point out that the chalkboard menu changes frequently, yet they always have something for everyone.

After a few minutes we both decided what we were having and squished our way into our seats. I knew what I was getting into; loud atmosphere, out of control menu, and tables so close together you have to pull them out to sit, my friend on the other hand was shocked. Our waiter quickly offered us suggestions on their most popular cocktails and served us up a Joe Beef Caesar and some ginger cocktail (totally blanked on the name). The Caesar was amazing; Spicy, tangy and down right perfect! Served with a jumbo shrimp and oyster, it's almost an appetizer on its own. The Ginger squeeze, that's what I'm calling it, was crisp fresh and delightful. As we sipped our drinks we couldn't help our wandering eyes and caught a glimpse of a very entertaining sight that set forth the tone for the rest of our meal.

The table to the right of us was a booth of four set perpendicular to our table. They were a fun lively bunch and had absolutely no table manners. With my sarcastic comedic nature, I quickly spewed a few jokes, stupid ones I must add, that kept us laughing the entire night.

While we ordered our appetizers and mains, the lively bunch were served their apps. One of the bunch, a man I assumed because of the mohawk, wife beater tank and sleeves of tattoos, immensely enjoyed his "Foie gras double down." So much so that after every bite was gone, he lifted his plate and licked it clean; grease, tin foil and all! I was in total shock, speechless. Even more so when SHE got up and went to the restroom. yes, it was a woman not a man! Then It hit me, it must be so good she could not leave a drop to waste! I was glad I ordered one myself, but really folks licking the plate in a public restaurant? I don't think that's the best idea! LOL!
We sat and watched in amazement the red necks, c'mon licking a plate, as they continued to eat in a truly barbaric fashion. At one point our lovely waiter came by and distracted us by serving our apps, this was much appreciated as my eyes needed a break from the atrocities of the next table.
The smell emanating from my foie gras double down was enough to make my eyes and mouth water with joy. The first bite was mind blowingly orgasmic. The meltingly good foie gras, the gooey cheese and the home-smoked bacon danced around my mouth with each bite I took. The balance of richness from the foie gras, crispness of the bacon and sharpness of the cheddar cheese left me wishing I had ordered the big double down instead of the small appetizer size.

After my third bite of my double down, I quickly remembered I was not alone at the table and turned my attention to the Burrata tart my friend had ordered. Anchovies, fresh vine ripe tomatoes and burrata cheese on a delectably crisp puff pastry, it looked like heaven and tasted even better. The crisp thin flaky tart had the perfect balance of saltiness from the anchovies, sweetness from the tomatoes and creaminess from the buratta cheese. My friend was not really into the layer of anchovies in the tart so I quickly jumped at the opportunity to eat it. It was exquisite, I truly recommend it.

Our waiter came to check on things, he knew my friend was iffy about the food and laughed when he saw me eating her tart. He quickly offered her another option on the house which was more than generous of him, but she declined. A few minutes later our waiter was back with our mains. Lobster spaghetti and filer mignon.

The smells emanating from my Lobster spaghetti was enough to put me in a full blown lobster coma. The flavor of the lobster sauce can only be described as the most deliciously flavored thick lobster bisque. A mouth full of flavor with each and every bite. The lobster was cooked to perfection, not over done at all, buttery and melt in your mouth delicious. I highly recommend this dish, especially to a first timer!

I stole a bight, or ten, from my friend's filet that was perfectly cooked to a medium rare, she refused to order it rare, spiced with what I thought was a homemade version of Montreal steak spice. It was mouthwatering good, buttery and so well flavored it has to be my one of my favorite steaks I have ever had, and I consider myself a metatarian; one who eats lots of meat. At a point in my life, when I was 5, all I would eat was steak! Needless to say I was very happy.

As I stuffed every last bite into my mouth, my friend declared dessert was a must! Ok, a foie gras double down, burrata tart, lobster spaghetti and half a filet, where was I going to fit dessert? I am only 125lbs!!
Not taking no for an answer, she quickly, and wisely I must add, chose the loaded baked potato. I know, doesn't really sound like a dessert, but 2 meringues loaded with homemade vanilla ice cream, whip cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate chunks and a lot more, qualifies just fine as a dessert in my books.

After 15 minutes of attempting to devour the amazing dessert set before us, I gave in and succumbed to a food coma that lasted two whole days. It was a perfect ending to an outstanding meal. A coma that I cannot wait to experience again!






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