Joe’s Atlantic Grill
2410 St. John’s Street
Port Moody, BC
Unfamiliar town. No map. One main street.
Sounds like a perfect recipe for either a wonderful random discovery or a tremendous let down. “Wonder what it will be this time” I thought, after we parked the car and did a quick walk along St. John’s Street. Passing by the Caribbean-flavoured Rehanah’s Roti, spotting the Filipino Rosario and seeing a ubiquitous Japanese restaurant during our stroll, we quickly nixed the ethnic options for something a little more closer to home.
As we came to Joe’s Atlantic Grill that resides in an older building in this part of Port Moody, on what seems to be the major thoroughfare that cuts through this community, we scanned inside as well as the posted menu by their door and figured it couldn’t hurt. Some late-morning grub/early lunch was what we wanted and it seemed safe enough.
Cue the bad choices. First up, my horrifically battered and then burnt fish & chips plate. Notice the discoloration of the piece on the right. Filled with air pockets and that nasty hot oil scent that comes from too high a temperature and you can guess what I was thinking – how could they let this come out of their kitchen!?!?! The crust reminded me of those shrimp-flavoured chips at Asian grocery stores, all air and no substance and brittle as a senior citizen’s hip joint. The chips were of the processed variety and unseasoned to boot. The cole slaw a slimy mess that I couldn’t stomach.
My lunch partner fared only slight better than I with their grilled sandwich and soggy side potato hash. Suffice it to say, we hardly touched our plates, got some refills of our drinks and headed out shaking our heads at the twenty-five dollar loss.
This sad sad meal, ranks right up there with the jaw dropping disappointment faced at Mac Falafel.