177 Yorston Street
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1G6
July 5, 2011
Earlier in the week I had dinner with Mr O and some of his co-workers at Joey’s Grill. I must admit that it’s been ages since I last ate here so I was looking forward to reacquainting myself with the place.
Despite the out-dated interior, Joey had a very homey comfortable feel to it. Its menu is pretty extensive and has just about a little bit of everything to suit your tastes. There is an array of appies, steak, chicken, pasta and various ethnic inspired dishes (some souvlaki to go with your schnitzel perhaps?)
With a menu this varied, it usually takes me awhile to reach a decision. When I finally did it was to order one of their specials from the insert… the Guinness Barbeque Ribs with a baked potato. Mr O opted to go with the Seafood Cannelloni. Both meals came with your choice of soup or salad. Today’s soup was potato based, and I figured that I didn’t want to overdose on starch so I ordered the garden salad like a good grown-up should, and so did Mr O.
The starter salads came out pretty quickly. And while the produce was fresh, the salad itself was pretty unremarkable. It was made up of primarily iceberg lettuce, with a frugal addition of red cabbage, sliced radishes, chopped carrots, celery, three slices of cucumber and a wedge of tomato. I was pretty proud of myself for eating it though, especially since I knew my meal to follow up with is pretty much a meat-fest, and I’m all about eating a well-balanced meal… no, really!
Welcoming the main meal was a bit trickier. Since there were quite a few people at our party, it was unsurprising that there was some confusion over who ordered what. After a few moments of musical plates and pass-the-dish I was presented with a large arrangement of ribs. Oh yeah baby, come to me! It’s a full rack of meaty baby back ribs smothered in the Guinness barbecue sauce, a large baked potato, a serving of garlic toast and good portion of steamed veggies. The ribs were fall-of-the-bone tender and had a very generous meat-to-bone ratio (had I mentioned they were meaty?) The sauce was a vinegar based barbecue that was full of flavour and packed a pretty strong punch near the end. It was very tangy and zippy and finger lickin’ good. Yeah, I know there’s a finger bowl for me to use, but what’s a few more extra calories at this point right?
The potato comes plain and you get to dress it yourself with butter, sour cream, onions and bacon bits. It’s so simple but I loved it… never having had a baked potato growing up I think it’s just about the greatest thing ever and, as an adult, order it whenever I get the chance! So potato and ribs aside, the steamed veggies were just okay and definitely not the highlight of the meal. Yet again, it was pretty fresh and composed mostly of onions and squash. But there were also pieces of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.
Mr O’s cannelloni was pasta filled with a crab and shrimp mixture, spinach and cheeses, then covered with a marinara and parmesan sauce and baked to piping hot perfection. Amidst all the blowing to cool the cheeses down, the flavours of shrimp and garlic and cheese is a real pleasure for the tastebuds. It was an incredibly rich dish and ooey-gooey good. Yes, Mr O would definitely order it again.
All the meals came in generous portions. I was only able to finish half a rack of my ribs, and Mr O probably had close to a third of his meal left in his dish. We didn’t even glance at the dessert menu… what would be the point? There was no way we could’ve eaten another bite of anything! But definitely next time you can count us in for something sweet.