I've gone back and forth about posting this, because I've always had the best service at Joes - really, the best. But Friday night was up there with my worst experiences at any restaurant - ever.
I'll begin with this: Our reservation was at 7:30, we were out of there at 8:45. Not because we walked out of the meal, but because we were treated like we were in a chinese restaurant: rushed. The host was very nice, busboy, great. Waiter - couldn't have cared less about us, was only interested in another table that took all of his attention. We were seated, and without being asked if we wanted a drink, he asked for our order - we had been seated all of 4 minutes. I said we hadn't opened our menu, he said "Take your time", and started to walk off. We yelled out that we'd like to order a drink, though, and he literally had to turn around to take that order, that's how quickly he had run off from our table.
He was back in 2 minutes, no exaggeration, to take our order. We said we hadn't looked at the menu. And, if you can believe it, it happened AGAIN, within 5 minutes - he wanted our order, but STILL NO DRINKS. By the time he brought our drinks (it's now 7:45), we ordered.
Our food arrived at 7:52 (we looked at our cellphones because we were in shock). Okay, here's our food (we didn't order appetizers or salads), so, we'll eat. But, good luck getting a second drink. We never saw our waiter again. Not once.
Here's the kicker - the only reason we were there until 8:45, and not 8:20, is because we wanted to order dessert, and that's how long it took to get our waiter again - but by the time he made his way to us, we asked for the check.