I recently went to Joe and the Juice - a Danish juice-bar chain that, in early February, opened a store on Burlingame Avenue where The Plant had previously been located.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the relaxed, inviting atmosphere. People were taking advantage of the comfy seating and various nooks situated throughout the restaurant, sipping juices, and hammering away at MacBook Pros. Though a fair number of people were there, it did not feel crowded or hectic in any way. The staff behind the counter were friendly, and I was able to order my food with relative ease, barely having to wait in line.
The menu included ten $8 juices, and four $10 signature juices, along with breakfast items, sandwiches, shakes, shots and “Joegurts.” I ended up ordering the avocado sandwich and the “Hell of a Nerve” juice, which contained strawberry, elderflower and banana.
I received my food after about ten minutes. The juice was basically a strawberry-banana smoothie that was good but not great. Though I enjoyed it, I’m not sure I would spend another hard earned $8 to buy it again. The sandwich, on the other hand, was a bit disappointing. Some avocado, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto squished between two flatbread-like slices of bread, it was not particularly flavorful. The ratio of bread to the other ingredients was too high, and the portion was not substantial enough to satisfy my appetite.
That being said, if I ever need to go somewhere to crank out some work in a chill, laid-back environment, Joe and the Juice will definitely be at the top of my list. The ambiance is perfect for getting some homework done on a Sunday afternoon.
If Joe and the Juice ends up lasting longer than The Plant did, it will most likely be because of its atmosphere. Its food is okay and its juices are decent, but the ever-present need for a place to relax and get stuff done in just might be enough to keep it alive.