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Joe's Farm Grill
3000 East Ray Road, Building 1
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Lady Luck and I have been to Joe's Farm Grill twice now. There is another "Joe's" restaurant that makes darn fine barbecue, and when we learned that they had a new restaurant with grilled pizza on the menu, well, we had to get over there as soon as possible.
As this is a motorcycle blog, I have to give Joe's Farm Grill props for having ample marked parking spaces for motorcycles and scooters.
The ride to the restaurant is nothing special. In fact, it's pretty crummy, as all the former farmland is being torn up to build more McMansions, strip malls, and other offensive structures. The restaurant, however, is located in Agritopia. Agritopia is the 12 acre farm smack in the middle of all the ugly development. They have big trees, among other attractions. For those of you who don't live here in Phoenix, a tree more than five years old is ancient.
The compound has the restaurant, a good coffee shop (we tried it out, of course), a farmer's market, recycling-conscious waste receptacles and lots of good places to sit outside. We were amused by a sign near one of the trees that says "Warning - Keep off trees. Danger of falling and scorpions."
Frankly, I was mildly concerned about the possibility of falling scorpions. Of course, there were no such unpleasant interruptions.
The pizzas are a little unusual, in that they are football shaped and grilled. Also, the sauce was on top of the cheese and toppings. I was mildly confused, and concerned that perhaps their cook misinterpreted the instructions, but it all worked out fine.
The sauce is tomatoey. If you were wondering what a tomato tastes like (a real concern here in Phoenix), the sauce will make it clear to you.
The cheese was super mild, and the pepperoni is salty and spicy with a nice peppery kick.
The crust tastes slightly smoky, and is crisp and otherwise awesome.
Of course, Joe's Farm Grill has a full menu, not just pizza. We ordered the sweet potato fries as well. They come with a spicy pineapple sauce on the side, and I strongly recommend you order them as well.
We tried their shakes, which are thick, creamy and just about perfect. The day-glo blue, orange, and other-colored cherries are spooky for those of us over 14 years old, but taste fine.
The restaurant itself has an entertaining retro-futuristic design. We were somewhat unnerved by the Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls behind glass in the restrooms (as well as a TV playing Thunderbirds), but they do fit the overall decor in a spooky kind of way.
This is a great place to bring little kids, since they can run around outside and not bother people. Similarly, it's a great place for big kids with motorcycles to get some hella good eats. If you're in the neighborhood (by which I mean within a tank or two of gas) you should stop by.
Joe's Farm Grill - 4.5 Crying Luckies