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Amy F.
Amy F.

09/18/2016

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Their sprinkle-covered cupcakes (chocolate and vanilla) may be my favorite in the city. They always have really good salads and lunch options, though you sometimes have to fight through a crowd.

juliaw605
juliaw605

05/30/2012

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Taylor swift was there so it better be

Taylor swift was there so it better be pretty good!

The LA Gourmet
The LA Gourmet

08/29/2011

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Perfect shop to stock up for a gourmet picnic!

Joan?s on Third is about as close as L.A. gets to New York?s famed Dean & Deluca ? but on a more minute scale. What began as a small catering company has since expanded to include a marketplace and cafe. The gourmet food shop feels feminine, which may come as no surprise considering it?s run by a mother and her two daughters. Cows are a recurring theme throughout the space and on the walls. Who wouldn?t want to pay homage to the cute four-legged animals responsible for my camembert?

The shop has earned a reputation for its delicious breakfasts, tasty sandwiches, and savory desserts ? but Joan?s is also a nifty place to stock up on ingredients for your own creations. In their marketplace, the deli showcases cheeses, charcuterie, pates, olives, and spreads almost too beautiful to eat. The refrigerated cases offer gourmet pre-prepared entrees and side dishes ? take these home or pack them up for a perfect picnic. Even grab a bottle of wine from the shelf against the wall or some fig spread and breadsticks off the front table.

Of course, you may not be able to help stopping by the dessert station, featuring home-made gelato, cupcakes, cookies, and tarts.

@thelagourmet

Erin W Davis
Erin W Davis

07/20/2010

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Thank You, Joan!

Is there anything that Joan’s on Third can’t do? Not as far as my tastebuds are aware. Their famous cupcakes are just another delicious edible that this store whips up. They make traditional-looking cupcakes in classic flavors like vanilla with chocolate frosting which are very good. Their Chocolate Coconut is probably their most popular, but if you're looking to try something a little different, you must have their Marshmallow Cloud Cupcake dipped in chocolate. When you see this cupcake that towers above all others, you'll understand where the name comes from. It has the perfect amount of moisture and the flavor is refreshingly unique.

ms7374
ms7374

02/24/2010

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amazing coffee

i love your italian espresso! and the service is really good! please keep it up like that! it s my second home in LA

Kika Davis 2
Kika Davis 2

02/10/2010

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Always Delivers the Best

Since Joan's prepares their soups daily, depending on the day you go, you can enjoy either vegetable, asparagus, lentil, or my favorite, roasted corn soup. If it's a rainy day and you want to enjoy your soup at home, no worries. Get your order made for pickup!

ronnielee
ronnielee

02/01/2010

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Glorified deli.

Joan's on Third. I get it. They have pre made food, they sell cupcakes, they have a faux deli. Here's what I don't. Y'all do know this is a glorified Ralph's right? As I was looking at the food in the glass case, I was thinking...Ohh. Grilled veggies, steak, chicken, looks colorful but by God. How long has this been sitting here? Using ceramic white stylish platters does not take away from the fact that IT'S FOOD IN A GLASS CASE.

But I digress.

Here's where I think they should really take a cue from IKEA. We're from LA. We're not that bright. Arrows on the floor or some sort of indication of order would be nice. This was like a yuppie warzone.

After much confusion, we skim the menu and he decided to go with a caesar salad and I with a 'pressed chicken, bacon, and brie' sandwich and two ice teas.

""That will be 35 dollars""

Are you serious. Whatevs. We take our number and seat ourselves outside on a rinky dink table. Nice. It's like a french bistro but not. Our iced teas came and it was in a plastic takeout cup. Classy. Refills anyone? No? OK. Our food came shortly after which we had to wait to eat because we didn't have any utensils.

After a couple bites of my thin, weak looking sandwich and his salad, my mind starts to spin out of control, ""Where is the chicken? This is a glorified panini. You want to charge 12 bucks but don't give me a side. Some potato chips? No? Ok. Wow. I want to burn this place down. Oh. They use the same unseasoned chicken chunks that's in his caesar salad which is coincidentally making him yak right now. Btw. Why is his basic salad 15 bucks and why is it flavorless. Why do I feel like I'm going insane?""

Twilight zone I tell ya.

But in truth, I get it. You sell your food on fancy plates, lay down some black and white tile, throw in some celebs, map your store out so that it creates a frenzy, stock some imported cheese and pass off like a French market.

It's cool I get it. You're not a stripper, You're a 'go go dancer'.

angelineasaurus
angelineasaurus

12/02/2009

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The 'Hoff goes there! 'Nuff said.

We had lunch catered from Joan's on Third, and it was amazingly fresh. I enjoyed the caprese sandwich, but the highlight was the crazy dessert known as the MAGIC BAR (yes, its mightiness deserves all caps).

The MAGIC BAR is a concoction of caramelized, pecan-ed, chocolate-y goodness. Imagine a rich, decadant, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie smashed together with a bunch of savory yet sweet tastes. It was one part brownie, one part pecan brittle and all parts awesome.

I must also note that the one time I've frequented the actual Joan's on Third, the one and only ""I'm huge in Germany!"" himself, David Hasselhoff , was there. And yes, person with the black Saab, you were blocking his car.

hymanro
hymanro

12/27/2008

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Take out service and counter staff don't match the food

Today proved the second of two take out order fiascoes. Last year at this time we arrived at the stipulated pick-up time to find a closed sign on the door. Persistent banging on the door produced no result and only after retreating to the back door did a staff member appear. The lasagna was there as ordered, but they could not produce the bread.

Went to to pick up an order today and only after more than 30 minutes of various staff searching for the order and coming up with clearly manufactured excuses , and doing so with plenty of attitude, did someone admit they did not have the lasagna as ordered. Further discussion, again with attitude on the part of the staff ensued and finally a fellow named Victor appeared and said they would make and deliver the proper order.

Called after the first incident asking to speak to the owner or manager, but never got a return call. The mistake was ordering again. Good lasagna, but unreliable take out service and a staff lacking courtesy.

liltam 5
liltam 5

11/21/2008

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Best place ever!

The most amazing little cafe joint in LA I have found. Everything on their menu is delicious!! I recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone!!

alva311
alva311

10/31/2008

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Sandwiches Taste Like Paper

I've had the food at this place a number of times, and if it weren't for the company paying for it that number would be 1. The sandwiches taste like paper. Not that I know what paper tastes like, I am just trying to imagine what would taste as bland. Instead of paying way too much money for a sandwich here, just drink a bunch of water to get full and imagine yourself eating a sandwich while chomping your jaw. It should have the same effect.

The only reason I give it 2 stars instead of 1 is that their cupcakes are pretty tasty.

tdubbs
tdubbs

07/30/2008

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Great place!

I was just in this past Saturday visiting from out of town. Although it was crowded we were very pleased with the service, especially the manager Kenny. He was able to recommend some great dishes, I loved the chicken Milanese. He also was able to find us a table when it looked like we were out of luck. Had a great experience, loved the food, loved the service can't wait to come back again the next time I am in town.

wam08
wam08

07/02/2008

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delicious treats, a little pricey

NEVER try to eat in on the weekends, there is limited seating and it is packed, youare guaranteed to wait and may not get to sit with in large groups. The food is good, great side dishes to take home, clean kind atmosphere. a little pricey for simple sandwiches, etc

gcgc11
gcgc11

06/21/2008

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Rules are Rules!!!

Limited menu, overpriced and never willing to bend their rigid rules. God forbid you're a vegetarian and would like fruit with your eggs instead of bacon - of course they won't charge you less if you refuse the bacon AND of course you have to pay more for the fruit. An egg-white omelet? -- can't be done. You'd think with all the baking they do they'd be happy to have a few extra egg yolks around, but I guess not.

finedine2008
finedine2008

05/01/2008

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Good salads and sandwiches

I went on a weekday and it was super packed.

Food is great, love the sandwiches and the salads. The cheese selection is also amazing.

hmk360
hmk360

04/11/2008

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Overpriced for mediocre food!

I've been to Joan's a few times. Each time thinking that the food is just so-so. The third time I went back with my wife, we both thought the food was awful and we both hade stomach aches the entire night. Besides the food being on the lower end of average, it's extremely overpriced. I could see other LA people loving this place if this is all they know...like if they were from Kansas! Anyway, I think we'll skip Joan's for the rest of our lives.

nisa35
nisa35

03/30/2008

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Gross food poor service

I've heard so much about this place that finally I decided to visit it. We went for breakfast that along with eggs, mushrooms and herbs contained HAIR as well. When my friend brought the fact that some of the ingredients are simply unacceptable manager in an extremely rude manner replied "" this is not HAIR, THOSE ARE EYELASHES"" to her and took away the plate with her tastless mixture they call ""omlet"" in that place.
My own experience was not any better; the New York egg sandwich ( I asked them to replace bacon with turkey bacon or avocados,which they refused to do and refused to adjust the price as well) consists of two pieces of bread completely soaked in pure grease, generic mixture of egg and melted cheese of suspiciously rubbery structure. Despite the fact we were all starving, we left that place hungry, frustrated and disappointed. On top of that I had bad heartburn.
So if you like to pay money for gross food with special ingredients including pubes (I call it Borat special) then Joan's on Third is definitely for you!

MoxieTheC
MoxieTheC

03/20/2008

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I'm not sure why I love this place but I do!

When you think about it, it's deli-style, pre-made, refrigerated food! How good can it be?!? Not only that, it is quite pricey for what it is. Joan's is also a relatively high-end caterer - I think that's how they started - so that should give you some idea about their food and prices. It costs the same to eat at Joan's as a relatively nice sit-down meal that's made-to-order but I find myself craving Joan's and going back time and time again, especially picking up food for holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's. Their offerings vary so that can be a bummer (mmm... vermont maple syrup yams... when will it make another appearance?!?). Anyways, Joan's is a great place to get food for a party, or on a sunny, lazy afternoon, to get a snack and catch some rays at one of their tables out front.

The cheese plate is fabulous and a pretty good deal relative to everything else. They will recommend and let you sample different cheeses from around the world - if you like cheese, get some to go for yourself or your next party! The desserts (e.g. cakes, cupcakes) are pretty good too - not the best but we always walk away with something sweet! It's hard to name my favorites. The sandwiches are good but I wouldn't go out of my way just to get a sandwich there. Try getting a 3-selection plate and sample things like the pasta salads, couscous, etc. For certain foods (e.g. korean bbq short rib - I know, it's odd), they will reheat it for you so that could make all the difference.

Joan's is often quite busy so this is not the place to go if you are in a hurry or have limited time. Parking can be a challenge but that's 3rd street for you. We've heard people complain about the service but we've generally received excellent service. Sometimes saying ""hi"" and being polite will get you want you want. :)

wonderlily
wonderlily

02/17/2008

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tasty eats

Joan's On Third is one of my favorite lunch spots. The interior layout is a bit overwhelming for a new visitor but you must realize that you can pay for your meal at ANY of the counters (deli, main, and dessert/coffee). It is often very crowded during lunch/brunch times and finding seating is incredibly difficult for groups of two or more; there is no room to move, people are standing inches away from your table by the deli. A tip to know about the outside seating which is most coveted, is that they often have waiting lists that you can sign up for (don't just stand there and wait for a table, because you won't get one). Parking, you can park on sweetzer, a few blocks down and make sure to read signs carefully (most are for residents with permits only!) As far as food goes, everything is gourmet and incredibly tasty, made with the finest ingredients. I personally love the prosciutto, turkey meat loaf and egg salad sandwiches. As far as salads go, I'd recommend the butter lettuce and cranberry salad. The deli salad selections are also very tasty, but i'd recommend you ask to taste them before ordering. The coffee and bakery items are decent, mostly they look more appealing than they actually taste good. The cup cakes are mostly either incredibly sweet or really dry.

More Business Info

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat:
Sun:
Extra Phones

Catering Dept.: 323-655-2285

Fax: 323-655-1967

Services/Products
Breakfast, Deli Restaurant, Event Planning Company, Daily Menu Specials, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, freshly baked pastries, desserts, handcrafted culinary products
Payment method
all major credit cards, debit, cash
Price Range
$$
Location
Between La Cienega Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles. A few blocks east of the Beverly Center and west of The Grove/The Farmer's Market.
Neighborhoods
Mid-City West, Central LA
Amenities
Gourmet Marketplace, Cafe, Full Service Catering, Street Parking, gift Shop, Bakery
Other Email

Categories
American Restaurants, Bagels, Bakeries, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, French Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, American, French, Bagels, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Bakeries, Continental

Cuisine: Mediterranean, American, French, Bagels, European, Continental

Price Range : Average

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