I haven't been to Joe's for years, but some of my fondest memories are of French dip sandwiches and French fries ... I LOVE FRENCH FOOD ... with my family and friends during regular visits to Santa Barbara from LA.
Joe's has been in the same location on State Street since 1928 and, although redecorated, retains the bones and charm of a 1920's California diner, counter (now bar) and all.
Looking at the recent photos, the French dips have not changed with chunks of prime rib piled high on a French roll (did I tell you I LOVE FRENCH FOOD?) accompanied by crispy French fries, au jus, and a side salad. I can taste the sandwich even though I am 1,500 miles away ... YUM!
I have been to 39 countries since the first time I went to Joe's, INCLUDING FRANCE SEVERAL TIMES, and enjoyed some of the best cuisine the World has to offer, but sometimes it is the simple things in life that stand out as the finest moments. I have never eaten anything EXCEPT the FRENCH DIP at Joe's Cafe and even though I will likely return several more tines before I die, I will go with a smile on my face, having eaten nothing else at this Santa Barbara institution. GO TO JOE'S ... have a French dip and tell them CombatCritic sent you!
CombatCritic Gives Joe's Cafe 10 Out of 10 Bombs ... BOMBS ARE GOOD!