Little Joe's menu
Little Joe’s Fresh Mex Takeout
4171 Live Oak Ave.,
Phone: (626) 446-5643
Service: Counter service
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Credit Cards: Debit w/logo
Kid’s Menu: Yes
Senior Discount: No
Food to Go: Yes
Catering Menu: Yes
Price Range: $1.45 - $6.75
Ribeye with three sides is just $10.95
or 1/2 chicken is just $7.95. A combination of the two is $9.50
and cheese burrito off the regular menu
DOT COM DINING A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Friday Night BBQ the Hot Ticket at Little Joe’s
By Bill Coburn
Some time ago, I did a column about a place in
Arcadia called Little Joe’s Fresh Mex Takeout. I mentioned in that article that
during the summer, Little Joe’s has BBQ night on Friday’s, and that I was going
to stop by and I’d let you know how it was.
Well, I made it by last Friday, and what delicious
BBQ!! We had a choice of a Half Chicken Dinner or BBQ Pork Ribs Dinner for
$7.95, or a Rib-eye Steak Dinner for $10.95. There's also a combination of
BBQ Chicken and BBQ Ribs available for just $9.50. I chose the Ribs, Katie had the
Rib-eye, and Keelan ordered a Bean and Cheese Burrito off the regular menu.
Each of the BBQ dinners is served with three side
dishes that change from week to week. Last week, the side dishes were baked
beans, potato salad and macaroni and cheese.
The ribs were falling off the bone meaty, big, and
tasty. They use their own sauce recipe for the BBQ, and it was really quite
good, not too smoky at all. One of the better BBQ sauces I’ve tried. I actually
had more than I was able to eat in one sitting, which doesn’t happen too often.
I tried Katie’s Rib-eye, and it was also very enjoyable, nice and tender, and
seasoned just right. And the size of the dinner is really quite amazing,
especially when one considers the low price.
A few weeks back, in my column about Soda Jerks, I
mentioned that the potato salad was good, but it wasn’t Mom’s potato salad, and
that it never is in the restaurants I visit. Well, now I’ve found a place that
comes as close to Mom’s as I think I’m ever going to find in a restaurant.
Little Joe’s makes their potato salad the old fashioned way, and even though it
had a couple ingredients that weren’t in my Mom’s potato salad, I’ve never had a
potato salad that tasted so much like Mom’s. The baked beans were also
delicious, and are made in house using a family recipe as well. The macaroni
and cheese was tasty, too. They use the big macaroni noodles, not the little
ones usually served in restaurants.
In 1963, Rose Vasquez opened a little Mexican
restaurant in Baldwin Park, called Super Mex. Thirty-seven years later Super
Mex was a Baldwin Park institution. But Rose was ready to retire.
So Rose’s son Felix Padilla, and his son Johnny,
decided to carry on the family tradition. When Super Mex closed, Felix and
Johnny found a location in lower Arcadia, and opened Little Joe’s Fresh Mex
Takeout. And so the Padilla family tradition continues into the 21st
century, as Johnny’s son now works there, too.
Each week, Felix visits local meat distributors and
produce markets, to pick out the finest quality food to serve at Little Joe’s.
This eliminates the “middle man”, and allows Little Joe’s to continue serving
highest quality meals at lower prices than they could if they were just ordering
You can find their menu online at
www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/littlejoes, or at
www.littlejoesfreshmex.com. You’ll also find coupons there, good for half
off on a combination with purchase of a combination, or if you’re going in by
yourself (or with someone who won’t be ordering a combo), you can get a coupon
good for a buck off the price of a combo. Little Joe’s also serves breakfast,
with your choice of 4 types of breakfast burritos or three breakfast combination
We’ve also tried quite a few items off the regular,
non-BBQ night menu (which is available on BBQ night, too), and have always been
quite pleased with what we’ve ordered. The Works Tostada made with carnitas,
(“on every bite, I get exactly as much as I want of everything on the tostada,
it’s not like most places that put this huge tortilla on the plate, and then
pile it up with tons of lettuce to make it look big, and leave you with a
tostada where you have to dig to get a bite the way you want it.”), the ground
beef tacos (piping hot and definitely enjoyable, one of the things I noticed was
the freshly cooked tortilla), cheese and shredded beef enchiladas (full of
tender, delicious beef and covered with delicious red sauce), the bacon, egg and
cheese breakfast burrito and the nachos are all items that we’ve tried, enjoyed,
and would heartily recommend.
Thursday nights at Little Joe’s are burrito nights,
and you can get thee beans and chile verde burritos for the low price of just
Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website
featuring more than 150 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.