The Short Or­der

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

Tucked into a clus­ter of mod­est strip-mall shops where Rodeo and Zia roads con­verge,

Joe’s Diner and Pizza may not be the talk of the town, but the food is good,

the staff is friendly, and the own­ers are big pro­po­nents of sea­sonal, or­ganic in­gre­di­ents from New Mex­ico farm­ers. The lengthy menu in­cludes pre­dictable diner dishes, pizza, and some fancier fare but noth­ing flashy or out­ra­geous. Like the hon­est, de­cent, ev­ery­day guys and gals we all know,

Joe’s isn’t showy, nor is it un­for­get­table. It’s sim­ply in the busi­ness of serv­ing good, re­li­able, un­pre­ten­tious food in a com­fort­able set­ting. Rec­om­mended: fried chicken, lamb burger,

black bean soup, and pecan-apri­cot pie.

Rat­ings range from 0 to 4 chiles. This re­flects the re­viewer’s ex­pe­ri­ence with re­gard to food and drink, at­mos­phere, ser­vice, and value.

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