I know there's been much said lately but I had such a good lunch at Joe's today. A friend who dines there five days a week said it was time. Two of the elements that always impress me about this restaurant are how good the food really is and how simply, almost, humbly it's presented; down to the cafeteria quality dishware. The other factor at lunch, of course, is the price. I had a beautiful pistachio crusted warm goat cheese salad with crispy fennel and baby greens in a wonderful vinaigrette. It was preceeded by a lush green garlic soup. These two courses came to $10! My friend had the Albacore filet with roasted beets in a light subtle horseradish cream sauce that was preceeded by the same soup for $12! We finished with a tart tatin that came with homemade creme fraiche ice cream for $5. Add two iced teas at $2.50 each and we were quite happy. Service continues to be unfocused and hectic at times. Everyone is congenial and works very hard but to minimal effect. It's almost part of the charm until you need that check. Still, Joe's continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in L.A.