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Joan's on Third - report

Colleen | Jan 30, 200605:58 PM

Sasha's query on high end sandwiches had me craving a yummy high end sandwich this weekend.

I really wanted to try Julienne's, but they're closed on Sundays so I went to Joan's on Third.

Joan's is such a cute little place, always bustling. They have such a nice selection of cheeses and pantry stock, I am planning to go back later this week just to do a little grocery shopping!

Here's what we had for lunch:
$2.50 Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake to start (yes, we like to have our dessert first):
The peanut butter and chocolate frosting was to die for... the chocolate "cake" portion was a little dry for my taste. In my opinion, the cupcake looks much better than it tastes.

$0.60 Fleur de Sel Caramel: ooh, these are so good. Chewy and delicious, with just enough salt taste to make your mouth water for more.

~$6 Bowl of Tomato Basil Soup: this is one of the best tomato soups I've ever tasted. It made me long for a rainy day. This soup would be excellent with a grilled cheese, or just a slice of warm bread. Really rich tomato taste... seemed to have been made from very sweet and fresh tomatoes. It tasted like the homegrown tomatoes my mom raises in her garden.

~$10 Apricot Glazed Ham and Brie: I chose the baguette for my sandwich and loved the bread. In fact, the bread was so crunchy and good, I don't think I even needed ingredients in the sandwich, maybe just a slice of cheese next time. To really taste the ham, I pulled out a big pinch and ate it by itself. Really, really good. Fresh and flavorful with a nice hint of sweetness.

~$10 Roast Beef with Horseradish Creme Fraiche: My husband had this and we both thought it was a little boring. The creme fraiche had absolutely no "kick" to it... it just tasted like a creamy mayonaisse. If they took up the horseradish in this one, it would be great. Maybe you can order it with extra horseradish.

Total bill for lunch: ~$30
I do agree with other posters that Joan's is a bit overpriced. But the atmosphere and the bustle of the place makes it so much fun on a Sunday afternoon... and takes you away from L.A. for an hour or so, at least.

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