My sister and I could not have been more excited when we walked into Joan's on Third. It was my first time walking by since the expansion, and my first time eating there at all. The place is beautiful, everything's attractively displayed, and it's really hard to know where to look because there are so many delicious looking things.
We ended up with a meatloaf sandwich, a milanese sandwich, a pre-packaged cobb salad, three half pints of prepared salads (israeli cous cous, butter beans, and snap peas and asparagus), a quart of asparagus soup, and a large bottle of Pellegrino.
First shock: $72!!! The $19 cobb was particularly irksome, especially when an identical salad in exactly the same sized box costs $12 at Jack N' Jill's. Even compared to restaurant or Whole Foods prices Joan's was kind of intense. But we were already at the cashier and in a hurry, so be it.
Most unpleasant surprise: with the exception of the snap peas, each and every dish was way too salty. My mother, who is especially sensitive to salt, had to water the soup down with about equal parts hot water before she could swallow it. Meanwhile, who looked like the idiot who insisted on a "wholesome and all natural" dinner? All the value of buying good ingredients goes down the tube if everything's inedibly salty. I had a hard time eating my meatloaf sandwich, which in addition to being too salty was on kind of stale bread and had the crumbly texture of a tofu meatloaf. It also tasted like chili, which is kind of an unusual choice for meatloaf.
I will most likely be back at Joan's because they do have an intersting array of ingredients, but I won't be back for the prepared foods.