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View the Frank and Joe's Southern Smokehouse Menu

Frank and Joe's is located at 110 E. Colorado in Monrovia

Storefront, from the other side, offers outside dining

To our left, the Frank and Joe's Southern Smokehouse Special Board chef

Pork Chop appetizer

Hush Puppies

Create A Combo featuring Jambalaya as the entree, with a bowl of Crawfish Corn Chowder as the side, served with hush puppies

Cajun Quad comes with hush puppies on the side

Clockwise, red beans and rice at 9o'clock, shrimp etouffee, crawfish corn chowder, gumbo

Another angle, shows the depth of the 8 oz. cup

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com        

 

Frank and Joe’s Southern Smokehouse Will Spice Up Your Life

 

By Bill Coburn

 

The subject of this week’s restaurant spotlight, Frank and Joe’s Southern Smokehouse, is a restaurant in transition.  I first started enjoying this restaurant as Cajun Way Cafe, up in Sierra Madre.  Then it moved to Monrovia, and recently it changed owners, with long-time employee Frank, and his brother Joe, buying the place.  They’ve changed the name, added some new menu items, and beefed up the entertainment schedule.  While they’ve added new items and continue to do so, they’ve kept the best of the Cajun Way’s menu items, and I enjoyed my most recent visit as much as any other time I’ve eaten there.

 

Frank and Joe’s is located at 110 East Colorado in Monrovia and you can call for reservations at (626) 357-1616.  The building used to be a garage, then it was a Mexican restaurant called Ely’s, before becoming Cajun Way and now Frank and Joe’s.  The atmosphere is casual, with lots of fun stuff to look at hanging on the walls in the bar area, and a larger dining room area toward the back of the building.  The bar area has several TVs, and it’s a good place to enjoy major sporting events while sipping on a cocktail, or choosing from a wide selection of beers, including southern beers from the Dixie brewery, or a selection of Abita beers, also apparently a well known Southern beer.  And starting in August, the bar will have entertainment Tuesday through Saturday nights, with blues bands for the most part on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

We started with an appetizer of Frank and Joe’s “Pork” Wings, on which you can get Hot and Spicy Sauce, Sweet and Tangy Sauce, or Honey BBQ Sauce.  I split this with my son, so we got both Hot and Spicy Sauce (for me) and Sweet and Tangy Sauce (for him), and they were both delicious.  I could have stood a little more heat on the Hot and Spicy, but I like things hot.  One of the things I noticed about our entire meal though, I didn’t feel a need to add the hot sauce, as there was plenty of spice and flavor to everything we ordered.  Nothing was overpoweringly hot, but it tasted so good, I didn’t want to take a chance on making it worse by adding the heat that I generally like to add.  The pork wings appetizer is one of the new items on the menu; we saw someone at the next table eating it, and thought, that looks pretty good, let’s try it.  I’m glad we did, it’s a good-sized appetizer, and really quite a good way to start the meal.

 

I ordered what’s known as the Cajun Quad, (a bargain at $11) which is four 8 oz. cups of Cajun-style food: red beans and rice (with lots of Andouille sausage added in), crawfish corn chowder, gumbo, and your choice of etouffee (shrimp or crawfish).  I chose a shrimp etouffee.  Keelan wanted the gumbo, and said it was very good.  I’ve had the gumbo there several times, and it has been consistently good.  I have  to admit, I haven’t had a lot of Cajun food, and so I shouldn’t compare this to other places, but the crawfish corn chowder, which is loaded with crawfish, was something I didn’t expect to like when I first tried it, and boy was I wrong.  It’s great.  It’s one of my favorite dishes every time I visit.  Nice and thick, lots of crawfish, and the flavor is out of this world.  I also enjoyed the shrimp etouffee, served over rice, which had a generous helping of shrimp.  The Cajun Quad also comes with your choice of a side dish, coleslaw, potato salad, hush puppies, daily vegetables or fries.  We chose the hush puppies, little balls of cornbread, deep fried until golden brown.  I’ve had hush puppies at a few places, but none as good as Frank and Joe’s.

 

Katie ordered off the Create A Combo menu, where you get to choose two items from a selection of eleven different items, with one item as your entrée, and the other as your side.  The Create A Combo meals are served with potato salad.  Katie ordered the Jambalaya as her main entrée with a bowl of the crawfish corn chowder as her side order.  The Jambalaya is a very tasty mix of Andouille sausage, fresh Cajun sausage, pork loin, onions, bell pepper and rice.

 

We have eaten at Cajun Way several times, but this was our first venture in since they have become Frank and Joe’s.  They have added several new menu items, including a Porterhouse Steak, T-Bone steak, NY Strip steak, Filet Mignon, and Tri-tip.  Pork Ribs (Baby-Back or St. Louis), Beef Ribs, Pork Chops, even a tri-tip salad, are also all new menu items.  But they’ve hung onto my favorites, and are also known for their outstanding Po’Boy sandwiches, as well.

 

There’s quite a selection of desserts, including my favorite, Bread Pudding with Frank and Joe’s Bourbon Sauce.  Blackberry and Peach Cobblers, Pecan Pie (with Jim Beam Bourbon), several choices of ice cream, Pecan Pralines, Praline Cheesecake, and traditional Southern Beignets. 

 

Frank and Joe tell me that they have several more exciting new additions to the menu coming soon, in addition to those they’ve already added.  They are currently developing their new website, and when the menu is complete, you’ll be able to find their menu there, as well as an entertainment schedule.  In the meantime, you can find their current menu at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/frankandjoes.  While you’re there, you can download a coupon good for 10% off your bill on your next visit.

 

Frank and Joe’s is one of my favorite local restaurants, and I encourage you to give it a try.  It’s a great place to eat, and it’s also a fun spot to just relax with a beer and enjoy some great music, and catch up on what’s happening in the sports world as well.

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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