Set in West Hollywood between the iconic La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, Joan’s on Third is the gourmet marketplace and trendy café with a who’s who of celebrity following. Sharon Stone sips on her coffee while a few tables down, Kate Hudson eats her Tuscan grilled organic free-range chicken, basking in the Californian sun. Okay, so we might seem a little star struck, but chef and mum Joan McNamara’s meals and picnics are now an L.A institution, and for good reason.
From sandwiches to salads, to their delectable gourmet omelettes, there’s something for the most prestigious of palates. Sporteluxe’s own Bianca Cheah trialled the venue and came back with a vibrant and mouth watering description of the food and atmosphere. Safe to say we had food envy. When the menu includes grilled salmon in a basil vinaigrette served with summer orzo, olives, tomato, pine nuts & arugula salad, or even the butternut squash lasagna with spinach and herb cream sauce, it leaves little to the imagination and a lot to lust over for the taste buds.
Set in a sophisticated space, it boasts a full menu of breakfast, lunch and diner as well as a shop serving all your favourite imported artisan cheese, prepared foods, baked goods and deserts. Come for a coffee, stay for the atmosphere with it’s bright and airy feel, along with some outdoor terrace tables to people watch (the one place where you would definitely want to!)
What started out as a catering business quickly expanded and tripled in size to accommodate the growing demand of L.A’s finest palates. With a new location in Studio City, the success that is gourmet food at it’s most convenient is a trend that is unlikely to slow down. With Chef and owner Joan always around to offer a friendly and welcoming smile to customers, the sense of community in this hallmark of marketplaces is without fail, a factor of its grand success.
As their catering business is still thriving and flourishing into an impressive event planning company, the options on offer range from a selection of amuse-bouche for a casual luncheon, to the big 4-course meal of an elegant dinner party.
Joan’s on Third is a family business, and whether dining at their communal table at their marketplace café or as a guest to the most glamorous dinner event, Joan wants to make sure your meal feels like something the whole family will enjoy.
Third Street Address: 8350 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Studio City Address: 12059 Ventura Place Studio City, CA 91604