Eating Gilbert Great: Three Joe Johnston Mainstays Continue to Deliver the Goods

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Jackie Mercandetti
The Fontina Burger at Joe's Farm Grill.
Hip, modern dining, the kind that “has a vibe” and combines upscale comfort food and gourmet sensibilities, has come to Gilbert. Not recently, mind you: Joe Johnston, best known for his prescient, pre-cafe-nation Coffee Plantation chain, and wife Cindy have been slowly redefining dining for the past 20 years. Their trio of restaurants, including Joe's Farm Grill, Joe's Real BBQ, and Liberty Market, amounts to an East Valley version of Phoenix’s LGO monolith.