LA Mommy Blogger Tribe Brunch, Joe’s Cafe, Granada Hills, CA – Homemade American-style Dishes with a Twist

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This post is in collaboration with LAMBT for Joe’s Cafe and all thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos taken by me, Vanessa Torres, unless captioned otherwise. Thank you so much for your time and support. Enjoy!

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Ping! My instant messenger softly sounded in the background as it shared the sound-waves with “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack, as I water-colored with my two-year-old daughter on the kitchen floor, dubbed our art studio. A few hours later (or was it days?), because #MomLife, I checked my messages. It was Naza!

Super-excited, she shared of how much she had enjoyed an unexpected breakfast date with her husband at Joe’s Cafe, and she would love for as many of us from the LA Mommy Blogger Tribe (LAMBT) to attend our next monthly brunch there!

The way she described the creative menu and the warmth of the customer service – I was in!

Come On In!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Lunch Room Entrance
Joe’s Cafe
17823 Chatsworth Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344
Breakfast & Lunch: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday (Lunch starts at 11:00 am)
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday

Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays

Street parking, with additional parking behind Joe’s Cafe establishment.

Delivery available through Postmates, Grubhub, and Doordash.

Are you ready to dive into a menu overflowing with authentically “homemade” and craving-filling dishes created by owners, Chef Joe Wheterbee and his business partner and wife, Aliceon?
Yes? Me, too!

But First, Coffee!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, coffee, creamer, best customer service
Destiny pours the much needed hot and freshly brewed coffee for the mompreneurs.

My friend! Here are a few of fun facts I learned while at Joe’s Cafe:

  • Chef Joe won the Food Network’s “Chopped,” on the last episode titled “Dread and Breakfast”, which aired in 2014;
  • Joe’s Cafe was recently featured on an episode of Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise;”
  • You can enjoy live local music at Joe’s Cafe on scheduled Friday and Saturday nights;
  • And if laughs are your thing, check-in with Joe’s Cafe for their next Comedy à la Carte for “a delicious night of stand-up;”
  • They have an Instagram account: @JoesCafeGH and use the #FoodDoneGood

How awesome is that!

There are so many sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options to choose from, and there’s also a variety of hot & cold drinks. Beer and wine for the 21-and-over, but I’m a sucker for the traditional breakfast staple: fresh-squeezed orange juice!

As I reviewed the menu, I did notice that Joe’s Cafe does not have plant-based diet friendly options; however, vegetarians may have better luck, especially ovo-lacto-vegetarians.

Parents: there’s a kids menu!

You can find the staples: chicken tenders, grilled cheese sandwich, and mac n’ cheese.

These protein-stuffed pancake balls pictured below are perfect for kids, too!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Fried Sausage Pancake Balls
P-Cake Balls
Sausages dipped and fried in pancake batter, and served with maple cream.

Small Details

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Pouring Water

I absolutely appreciated the environmentally-friendly paper straws, the farmhouse-chic mason jars, and the large & beautiful green reusable water bottles, and the tiny glass milk bottles for the milk and/or creamer for the coffee!

Plus, cacti plants for decor here and there around the cafe – my favorite!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, breakfast menus

Below are a few photos of our flavorful “homemade” American-style dishes.

Not pictured is Rosie’s order, Ojan’s Junk (a pancake sandwich with two eggs, a sausage patty, smoked Gouda cheese, sliced tomato, and house ranch) – the Food Network’s “Chopped” winning dish!

You’ll have to check it out!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Breakfast Croissant
Croissant Sandwich
Thick bacon, fried egg and smoked Gouda cheese on a buttery croissant with optional avocado.
Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Ericka Castanos
Pork Belly Eggs Benedict
Toasted buttery garlic bread with heirloom tomato, basil, pork belly, and poached egg topped with hollandaise sauce, with optional Avocado.
(Photo taken by Ericka Castanos)
Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Ericka Castanos
Stuffed French Toast
Local French loaf bread stuffed and grilled with fresh berries and cream cheese.
(Photo taken by Ericka Castanos)

Foodie!

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We’re bloggers!

You know we had to take the mandatory aerial photo of our aesthetically pleasing dishes – the taste did not disappoint either. Look at that not-so-basic avocado toast!

I also noticed Gouda cheese and bacon seem to be a staple in most of the dishes. Are you a fan of Gouda cheese? This was my first time trying it!

Naza speaks to LAMBT members regarding goals, Joe's Cafe, Vanessa, Life Of Torres Blog

Being able to spend time reflecting on January, and sharing our goals and plans for February with the LAMBT while enjoying great food was the best!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Naza Holliman, Vanessa Torres, Tyler E. Johnson, Rosie Nguyen, Tiffanie Westgor, Ericka Castanos, Raquel Harbin, Suzie Boluarte, Kelly Short, and Lara Scott
LA Mommy Blogger Tribe Members (from left to right): Naza Holliman, Vanessa Torres, Tyler E. Johnson, Rosie Nguyen, Tiffanie Westgor, Ericka Castanos, Raquel Harbin, Suzie Boluarte, Kelly Short, and Lara Scott. (Photo/Selfie taken by Naza Holliman)

Homemade Desserts

Desserts made from scratch, just like the rest of the food on the menu.
Not pictured: the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting! Enough said.

Ready for Super Bowl LIII 

As soon as you walk into Joe’s Cafe the excitement for this weekend’s Super Bowl LIII (Sunday, February 3, 2019) is evident!

The dessert pantry is decorated in Patriots’ gear (and Joe’s Cafe merchandise available for purchase)!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Patriots Fan

Aliceon may not be a New England Patriots fan, such as her husband Joe, but she’s the real MVP at Joe’s Cafe!

#WomenSupportingWomen #LAMBT #CommunityOverCompetition

BTW, Go Rams!
(Welcome back to LA!)

Joe's Cafe co-owner, Aliceon, expertly gives the members of LAMBT the sweet run-down of the breakfast and lunch menu, the history of Joe's Cafe, and the inside scoop of what's baking next for this Spring! (Photo taken by Ericka Castanos)
Joe’s Cafe co-owner, Aliceon, expertly gives the members of LAMBT the sweet run-down of the breakfast and lunch menu, the history of Joe’s Cafe, and the inside scoop of what’s baking next for this Spring! (Photo taken by Ericka Castanos)

As mompreneurs, having a tribe of women to lean on is essential, and as a member of the LA Mommy Blogger Tribe, I look forward to our monthly brunches, not only to help support my fellow mommy bloggers, but also our local small business, such as Joe’s Cafe.

It was such a treat to get to know Aliceon during our brunch! This multi-tasking new-mompreneur (Yay!) attended to her guests, prepped and baked fresh desserts, and still made time to have real conversations and pose for a Boomerang with our mommy tribe! Aren’t Boomerangs so much fun?!

Shout out to Destiny for her attentiveness and sweet, yet sassy sense of humor – she was Joe’s Cafe first hire and I can see why she’s a valued member of the team. Everyone was awesome!

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LA Mommy Blogger Tribe Members (from left to right): Ericka, Vanessa, Tyler, Tiffanie, Naza, Lara, Rosie, Suzie, Kelly, and Raquel with Aliceon and Destiny.

Here we are after much deliberation and great laughs:
Mommies with their creative spirits and bellies full.

Thank you Joe’s Cafe for hosting us!

Joe's Cafe, LAMBT, Vanessa, Life Of Torres, Lifestyle Photographer

Friend, I hope you stop by at Joe’s Cafe and enjoy the warm and casual environment, and deliciously creative “homemade” menu. Would you like to visit?

Don’t forget to leave a comment and share this post. Your feedback fills my creative cup to share even more with you!

See you on the other side of the camera lens!

Love,

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P.S. How stinkin’ cute is it when restaurants provide clean water bowls for your doggies?! All the heart-eyes!

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18 thoughts on “LA Mommy Blogger Tribe Brunch, Joe’s Cafe, Granada Hills, CA – Homemade American-style Dishes with a Twist

  1. What an amazing post with amazing photos! I SO WISH the mama blogger sin my area would do a brunch. I am going to rally them and do it. I could just feel all the love with all you guys in your photos! If your up in SF email me ; )

    1. Yes! Totally organize the mama bloggers near you! Being able to spend a couple hours whenever possible with the people that just get you does so much for the soul! Good energy! 💕 Thank you so much for the compliments — means so much to me!

  2. BEAUTIFUL photos, girl! It was such a fun afternoon meeting all of you and sharing all the delicious food at Joe’s Cafe!

  3. Oh my gosh Vanessa! You brought me back to this beautiful day full of laughter and lots of joy. I love it and I can’t wait to get together again.

    1. Hi! Thank you Misty! It was great. I think I’ll be going back for seconds with my husband! 😆 I saw a few items on the menu, I know he would love!

  4. Oh, yuuuum! Just looking at these pics makes me hungry! And how cool that you have a local group of blogging mamas that you can get together with for meetings, locally instead of virtually!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s really a challenge to be able to capture the “crispiness” of food and how good it really tastes! haha ☺️ Yes! I agree. Although, we all virtually first! Supporting each other is the way to go!

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