Journey Through North Carolina – Part 17 ~ By Tom and Audrey ~

Claremont Café, Claremont, North Carolina. http://www.usathroughoureyes.com

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, averyhoke@bellsouth.net 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.

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  1. adventuredawgs

    I am HOWLING because I have been to a few places that are just like that. You walk in to order a cup of coffee and the next thing you know, you’re hearing about so and so’s baby and this person recovering from surgery and that guy that bought the house three blocks down that that’s up to shady business.

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  2. Joses Travel Tales

    So glad to have found ur blog..my husband studied in Georgia Tech and always keeps talking about his hiking experiences in USA…hope to visit it someday..been to usa before but have done just the touristy things….do follow us if u like travel stories 🙂

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Hi “Joses Travel Tales”. Its great to meet you. This is great that your husband knows the lay of the land here. It will be great when you can both come and visit together. Please let us know when you are coming so we can meet you for coffee and tour around with you okay! It is nice that you are following along on our travels and we are able to follow yours too!

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  3. Lingyun

    Sounds like a true gem. One thing I learned when living in the US is it’s hard to beat American hospitality! Thanks for sharing the story 😀

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    • usathroughoureyes

      You would love it Susan. To us there is nothing like good food and good fellowship. This place had it all!!!!! So nice that you are with us and that you make the time to talk with us.

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  4. Tobias Mann

    These are the places where you meet the good kind of characters. The ones with stories to tell. I experienced southern hospitality just the other day in New Orleans at a coffee shop in the garden district. It was almost as refreshing as our tea and far sweeter. Glad you guys are enjoying yourselves.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Tobias you are so right on with this thought. This is one of the things we love most about the road experience. Those off the pathway diners and campsites allow one to see the wonders of folks the fiber of what makes this country great. We haven’t traveled New Orleans yet so you’ll have to let us know the places you hit.

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  5. robbiesinspiration

    The people in these small eateries in the US to be so lovely and friendly, Audrey. Sounds like you had a lovely experience with the owners and a great meal too.

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  6. Cherilyn Clough

    What I love about this post is the sense of community this restaurant has created and held a place for people to belong. That is what is missing in chain restaurants. Also that a old cash register or whatever it was looked cool.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thanks Cherilyn. You are so right about the chain restaurants lacking what the little Mom and Pop stands have. It is so nice that you make time to share with us. We so enjoy reading your blogs!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Isn’t this the truth. We adore places like this and are always choosing them over the commercial places. There is something about home town diners that draw us. The food and company is always tops. It is so nice having you with us on our travels.

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  7. TheresaBarker

    So special! I love living through your travels and insights. How wonderful – as always, the video really took me there, and your written story brought it home. Thanks, Tom and Audrey!

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  8. poeturja

    You guys amaze me. I cannot imagine ever beginning a conversation with anyone (shy) but I love hearing how you get people to confide in you! Loved the video and some of the shots looked like Edward Hopper’s Night Hawks (or at least that type of aura of aloneness).

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thanks Clarissa. It is so much fun talking with these folks and hearing them open up and share their stories with us. We learn so much and always walk away filled with joy and excitement. This is so wonderfully amazing that you mention “Edward Hooper’s – Night Hawks”! I studied his works years ago and it crossed our mind as we were doing the piece but didn’t think anyone would be familiar with the artist. The Claremont Café had the beauty of it. You are amazing Clarissa, so well versed!!!!!!

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      • poeturja

        (Blushing) thanks so much! What I like about your video is that glimpse of loneliness that many of us experience. But it is a natural feeling, at times, even when surrounded by good people and good food! Thanks for your posts!

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      • usathroughoureyes

        You are so right Clarissa. We do all experience those moments and this is what we enjoy about our travels. We are able to meet people on so many levels and the sharing that takes place is incredible. We’re still learning how to tell the stories of these wonderful people that lets us see the humanness and vulnerability we all have. You do so well at sharing it through your poetry and songs and we’re trying to do it through the images and words. We’ll get there someday.

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  9. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    Oh dear – I think I’m gaining weight just looking at all that food! Good ole down home basic cooking that never gets old. Mix in family and friends, welcome everyone into the circle, and how can you fail?

    I love these reports on the diners you trip across as you travel as much as the gorgeous scenery and interesting places you visit . . . almost! (Now, if you could figure out a way for me to taste with my eyes they’d win hands down!)

    How do you manage to get so much information from such a busy place? And the photos and videos? You seem to be able to go wherever you want – even “backstage,” while the most I’ve gotten was a quick peek into the food prep area on my way to the bathroom. What’s your secret?
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thanks T. R. Isn’t it great when you see places like this that have their priorities straight and the fruits of their works are His joy. So nice having you with us and checking in to chat.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Isn’t this the truth. We believe people want that interaction with real folks that aren’t just in it for the almighty dollar. These folks did this because they like cooking and like seeing people eat it and smile. The perfect formula for success.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      It was a gem to find. Its one of those places folks might pass by because it doesn’t have the neon signs. But we look for places like this because we know we’ll get good food and good company and this place proved it. How are you feeling?

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      • King Ben's Grandma

        It’s always best to go to where the locals eat. 🍳☕
        I’m doing much better thank you so much for asking😍😊
        There are still some bumps but I’m feeling less stressed and more able.💪💌💌

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  10. Ann McDunn

    Daisy for repair and both of you, and ofcorse Emma to that nice restaurant, It looks very clean and the food tasty, nice to have such a conversation with the people how runs the restaurant. Ik like the video, warm greetings, Ann.

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  11. Always a Foreigner

    Sounds like a spectacular place, one that is usually a staple in small southern towns. Glad that you found it!

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