I think Joey is currently my favourite franchise restaurant – more than Cactus Club, Milestones, Moxies, Earls, etc. I went to the Joey in Coquitlam a few months ago for the first time in almost a decade, and had a really good time. I went to Joey on Burrard after a friends shower to kill time downtown. I don’t know what took me so long to go. I went with two friends, one of whom works at the Joey on Broadway, so I had some inside tips.
I ordered the Italian Flatbread and Spaghetti with Kobe Meatballs, with a side of Crispy Mash because I got to have it. My friends ordered the Lobster Ravioli, and Baja Fish Tacos. The flat bread was nice and crisp and topped with tomatoes, salami, and olives. The salami added a good amount of pepperiness, it was really good quality meat. I like the mix of the ingredients and added a nice balance with the pepper, and salty/sour from the olives.
The Spaghetti and meatballs were delicious as well. The meat balls were huge, and very airy. Nice texture and very good flavour. I really enjoyed how it was very airy, and not dense. That and the meatballs were huge. The spaghetti sauce was really tasty too and the spaghetti was cooked perfectly. The crispy mash was just as good this time, but I just wish the toppings were evenly spread on top.
The awesome tip that my friend gave me was to order a beer with the lemon slush. Not sure what it’s called, but it’s really good if beer isn’t your thing. It’s sweeter and also more refreshing. And even if you like beer, it’s still really good!
820 Burrard Street