Friday, September 9, 2011

Joe's Cafe in Orem, Utah


You guys.....

Such a fun place.

Located across the street on the West side of the University Mall in Orem, there you will find Joe's Cafe. Parking in front or back.

For starters, my mother & I just about ordered everything off of the breakfast menu.

My mom ordered the ABC (avocado, bacon, cheese) omelet with a side of hashbrowns. I absolutely love crispy hashbrowns. Omelet was divine.

So Joe loves being photographed. You can kinda sorta tell by the wall. The wall is PLASTERED with pictures of he & his customers. I think he's in about 99% of those photos.

I left feeling like I just gained a brand new best friend. Quite the character!

Behold, Joe's Biscuits & Gravy......  That gravy!!! This dish is seasoned & made with love. Chunks of biscuit & ground turkey throughout make it incredibly comforting.

"Slap Ya Mama" cajun seasoning is shipped in straight from the South. It's in almost every dish including the 1/2 pound hamburger patties.

Going back for lunch in the very near future.

I love a plate of silver dollar sized pancakes. You could taste the well-seasoned griddle--and very buttery!

Okay, story time about these grits. 

So my mom & I were discussing grits & how we're not a big fan because we like our hot cereal sweet. Southern grits are not sweet. I suggested we try these because maybe they are incredibly good non-sweet grits (plus, Joe almost wouldn't let us leave the counter without ordering some--almost gave us some for free, but we insisted on paying for them). So we ordered the grits, and to our surprise, they were sweet! Creamy, buttery, not-too-sweet. Way beyond my expectations. So I asked Joe,  "Do you usually make your grits sweet?" He said "No" and that he had to make them sweet for the Utahns. He even said that with love, not annoyance. He was completely happy to accommodate for our sweet tooth here in Utah. He said that before making them sweet, he was throwing out big pots of grits. Since adjusting the grits, he now goes through two large pots. In fact, people come in just for a bowl of grits, they are truly that good. 

I'm thinking Utah County finally has a location worthy of "Diner's, Drive-Ins, & Dives"?

Facebook: Joe's Cafe

Open Mon-Sat from 8am-4pm.

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  1. Yum! You know, I've never been a fan of grits but never thought about why. The sweetness, duh. I found that very interesting.

    One of the most important local places to find is a good breakfast place, don't you think? I love breakfast that much.

  2. I left feeling the EXACT same way about the grits, life changing I swear. The place is the real deal.