Gilbert >Joe's Real BBQ and Dairy Bar
Not good after bad news.
This place is near my CPA's office, so I tend to go there after revisiting my company's dismal finances all morning. Maybe it is because I only go there after bad news, but I haven't had much luck at Joe's. I like the old fashioned root beer, but the food is what I would call barbeque slop. This is cafeteria-style, and while the dining area is nice enough, I hated the assemgly-line feel and the a la carte pricing, especially after bad financial news.
My CPA says he never goes there for lunch, that the line makes him think of cafeteria food, and if you think it, that's what you get.
Good, but not great. The links and ribs were quite tasty, the sauce was good, the cole slaw and corn were good, and the lemon cake was good. Unfortunately, the potatoes in the potato salad were undercooked and the homemade root beer left a bizarre aftertaste. After moving here from Texas 5 years ago, I've been searching for good barbecue. Joe's doesn't live up to Rudy's in Texas, but it definitely hit the spot, and we'll be back. Overall, an A- dining experience.
My girlfriend and I came to this restaurant to see what the fuss is all about. We were impressed. The food was tasty and we came home with 2 regular bottles of BBQ sauce and a jumbo (gallon) bottle. We took it home with us to LA and made BBQ ribs for my girlfriend's family and friends in SD. It was a hit!
The menu was easy to follow and no-nonsense. The house root beer was wonderful, the jumbo potato was grand, and the ribs, pulled pork, and chicken with their signature BBQ sauce were incredible. We drove back to our hotel saying how glad we were for checking it out (we drove all the way over to Gilbert from shopping at Scottsdale earlier that day). When we come back to the Phoenix area, we'll be back at Joe's Real BBQ.
The BBQ sauce is tangy, tasty, and terrific!
REALLY THE BEST!!!. I've gone to many barbecue places, but Joe's beats them all. Not only do they have the best ribs and sliced meats, but their side dishes push it over the edge. Sometimes I go just to get a side of their awesome beans. It looks like there are about 10 bean types in the beans not to mention sausage and meat. Their super huge baked potatoes are to die for and the lemon cake for dessert is perfect. You can wash it all down with homemade root beer. My only complaint is they quit serving the blackberry/lemon cake dessert.
Hankering for BBQ?. If a exceptional barbeque is what you need, then look no farther then Joe's Real BBQ. However no need to wear dress clothes here, this is in an old western building situated in old-town Gilbert with cafateria style ordering. But don't be fooled by the buildings ruggish decorations, if you can even call them that, to have some sort of effect on the food. All of the plates served are quite filling, and taste wise will intoxicate you into not being able to move after finishing. From their home-made rootbeer, to their home-made bbq sauce, the tastes are one of a kind. Plates include anywhere form a briskette burger, to a potatoe and meat combo, up to a 2 entree combo with 2 sides (and all for under $10 a person), don't forget to have apple sauce as a side, it is good enough to make grandma blush.
Joe's NOT Real Barbecue. There is a real sense of smalltown that emits the persona of 'cue', but that is the best that this place can offer. I grew up on 'cue' in Cincinnati and Joe needs some help on pricing, portions and palates.
Joe's is the Best. My son-in-law comes all the way from Virginia to eat a Joe's it is his favorite barbecue place, and lives up to it's name
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