Not Your Average Joe
Newly opened CafÉ Joe, at the Stone Avenue Standard student housing complex, introduces an East Coast tradition of fast-casual dining in the heart of an apartment setting. Locally owned by Michael Liederman and open to the public, CafÉ Joe serves high-protein smoothies, espresso, panini sandwiches and wraps made from premiere Boar's Head meats and cheeses. Enjoy big screen television in your home-away-from-home sports bar without the alcohol. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 1800 N. Stone Ave. 393-8619.
High Ho Rodeo
Pony over to Hifalutin through Feb. 29 for an 8-ounce filet mignon or barbecue beef ribs with corn on the cob, cowboy beans, ranch-hand beans and a baked potato, all for $18.95. Bottled beers go for $1.75. Yee-hah! Along with the food, country singer Joe Rogers croons the tunes on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Located at 6780 N. Oracle Road. 297-0158.
Zorba Never Had It This Good
Fronimo's sits directly across the street from the Loft Cinema. The signage kind of fades instead of standing out, so it's easy to miss. Owner George Fronimakis moved into the bigger and more beautiful space following water damage and health problems. The food is delicious and dramatically inexpensive. Where else can you get a flaky feta and cream cheese tyropita for $1.99? A separate room invites large groups and private parties. Beer, wine and catering is offered. Opa! 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-8321. Open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Peppy Lou's (2281 N. Oracle Road) closed last week. The current tenant of three years alleges that she was threatened, locked out and victimized by petty theft, perpetrated by the new landlord. Peppy Lou's served inexpensive homemade breakfasts and lunches to a throng of loyal customers; it will be sorely missed.