A Gilbert classic is reborn
Among the new, often modern construction throughout the Southeast Valley, one restaurant remains refreshingly retro, even in its newest iteration. Joe’s Farm Grill, the mainstay restaurant at Higley and Ray in Agritopia, is as charming as ever with new touches to elevate the customer experience after their recent renovations.
Located in the 51-year-old Johnston family homestead, Joe’s Farm Grill serves up some of the best classic American cuisine in the entire Valley. Joe Johnston, son of the original homeowners Jim and Virginia successfully transformed his old home into one of the most popular spots in Gilbert 11 years ago. Since then, his crew has developed a menu with a wide variety of delicious options that’s attracted national attention from Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
Using ingredients from the farm at Agritopia, Joe’s Farm Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on an extensive menu with categories including Smoker (BBQ), burgers, salads, and their famous seasonal milkshakes. If you’re visiting for the first time, there’s no better sample of their amazing food than the Fontina Burger with a side of garlic fries. If you’re back again and looking for something new, their grilled pizzas are perfect for sharing alongside one of their fresh, crunchy salads.
The 1950s/60s atmosphere is one of the main draws at the restaurant, as well. Rarely can you say, “go check out the bathroom,” but in the case of Joe’s Farm Grill, it’s worth a peek to see the classic movies they have playing and action figures on display among blue lighting reminiscent of a ‘50s sci-fi film.
After closing for a month this September, the restaurant is open again and better than ever. Gone is the walk-up and pager-based ordering system, in favor of servers for a more elevated experience. Paper plates and plastic utensils are out, too and real dishes are in, with an expanded indoor and outdoor seating area in which to enjoy it all. Rest assured, the recent refresh kept the retro charm intact, but now you can enjoy your fried green beans, ribs, and full brunch in bright orange booth seating or under the giant trees outside.
When you’re done with your meal, or what Joe’s Farm Grill calls “common food done uncommonly well,” we recommend taking a walk through Agritopia and over to Barnone. It’s a true pleasure to partake of a genuinely local experience unique to this little slice of Gilbert.