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Dinner & Christmas in May

May 22, 2008 Sarah Coggins

My friend, Kim, is in town from Atlanta and we went out to dinner last night at Joe’s Place Featuring Joe’s Mom’s Food. [Yes, that really is the restaurant’s name. 😀 ] While trying to decide where to go, she mentioned wanting vegetables and Joe’s Place immediately came to mind. They offer an all-you-can eat vegetable plate with a good selection of southern favorites.

Joe’s Place has been around since 1979 and almost closed 2 years ago. After much urging from customers in Raleigh and across the state, the owner kept the restaurant open. A banner from his news conference in March 2006 stating the change of heart, still hangs over the counter today. It’s partially visible in this photo I took and reads: Wow. We didn’t know y’all loved us that much, so we’re gonna do an encore.

During a last minute get together in December, Kim & I both forgot our Christmas gifts for each other! And while we had good intentions of shipping them, that never happened. So last night we had fun giving each other a little bit of Christmas in May.

Just before Christmas, Kim had gotten a new ipod so I picked her up a giftcard to download some tunes and altered a gift box to match.

She spoiled me with this beautiful handmade bowl. I was floored. I’ve tried using a potter’s wheel in the past and have absolutely no skill at it. My friend has talent. The photo doesn’t do this bowl justice – totally gorgeous. Thanks, Kim!! 🙂

  • jill May 22, 2008 at 6:45 am
    Love the Joe's Place story.

    I laughed at your "southern favorites". It made me think of the food I grew up on that I would never eat today.
  • Darcey May 22, 2008 at 8:41 am
    Neat name for a restaurant. What a nice bowl. She does have talent. Christmas in May, how fun!
  • Lida May 22, 2008 at 10:30 am
    That bowl is so cool and the restaurant looks awesome, love the Christmas in May!
  • Heather May 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm
    How fun is that!? The restaurant looks like a neat place. Beautiful bowl, I love handmade pottery.
  • :: gingerkitty :: May 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm
    I have throw pottery before. and it is amazing the piece she gave you.
  • Pat May 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm
    Sounds like a fun day & I love that bowl!
  • scrappermimi May 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm
    Sounds like a great meal and what a gorgeous bowl! Nice to have Christmas in May!
  • toners May 23, 2008 at 12:31 am
    What a great idea - Christmas in May! And your friend is very talented! Wow!
  • Darleen May 23, 2008 at 12:25 pm
    Wow, this restaraunt sounds totally awesome!! I will have to make note of it when I come thru Raleigh sometime and how much fun witht he Christmas exchange. sounds like such a fun evening. by the way, I love your blog!! Its my first visit!! Thanks for sharing, I will stop by more often!!
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