Hello and welcome to part 17 of our journey through North Carolina.
As we were talking with the folks at Carolina Coach and Marine one of the representatives suggested if we were hungry to try the Claremont Café just up the road. She noted that it was nothing pretty to look at but the food was excellent. After she described the place we immediately knew it was our kind of place and one we look for on road trips. Now, we got to be honest, when we first walked in the greeting was interesting. The young lady at the cash register was moving at the speed of light processing customer orders and all we could hear from her lips was an exuberant mix of… howdy, we’re glad you’re here, I need another order of eggs over easy Scotty, Avery we need more sweet tea and then to us… what do ya want. After she noticed the deer in the headlights look on our faces she realized we were newbies and smiled a huge southern smile and explained how the process worked. Then we were in the groove.
This was our kind of place. The folks couldn’t be classified as patrons or customers, they were family and one big one at that. The best part was we were instantly part of it. Everyone knew everyone and the banter of humor and endearments was something to behold. As our meal was being cooked on the griddle we wandered around and got to meet Theresa, one of the owners. We started talking and before long she was sharing how the place got started about 40 years ago by her dad, Avery Eugene Hoke and after he passed away the family kept it going. The next thing we know she was introducing us to her sisters Tammy and Angie, her niece Stacey, her brother Avery, named after their father, firstname.lastname@example.org and brother-in-law, Scottie, who’s been the short order cook ever since. As we began talking with Susan and Jerry Stewart who were just getting their order, Jerry shared that as a young boy his dad brought him there and he has been coming back ever since, which is over 30 plus years. All we could say is if these folks could patent the formula for this restaurant it would be a success wherever it was located.
Well this is it for today. We hope you come back and see how the trip unfolds as we share more of the USA Through Our Eyes. Until then be safe.