If you had to sum up American 'mom and pop' diners in one visit, you'd head to Joejoes, or Joe Joes or Joe-Joes or Joe-Joe's... the signs are as bewildering as a 3am tweet from the president.
This is a friendly, homely, distinctive, individual little eatery in the middle of the sleepy little hamlet of Mineral.
And we loved it! The food and drink is standard fare, but when you get chatting to Joe himself - a chatty mountain of a man - and his ever-so-sweet mother-in-law, you realise that there's far more to a place than the things you munch and the stuff you sip.
Joe-Joe's (I'm going by the sign outside now) is nothing special to look at; pale blue outer walls, topped by a red roof.
But it's as friendly as friendly can be, welcoming to strangers... especially those with a few spare minutes to chat.
Nothing rushes in Joe-Joe's. It moves along at a country pace, serving subs, shakes (challenge Joe and he'll conjure up any flavour, based on the wide selection of ice creams in his freezer cabinet, mixed in an intriguing top-down blender that defies gravity), melts, burgers, pizzas; all the standard fast food fare.
I had a 'moose tracks' milkshake, which sounded bizarre but was very tasty, with vanilla and peanut butter cups swizzed up.
It's an incredibly popular spot with kids from the local school, and junior football kits decorate the walls.
If you're in a hurry, or you like the slick anonymity of McD's or Hardees, drive on - this is not the place for you.
But if you admire characters, you believe in supporting local businesses that offer a homespun welcome to those who aren't in a tearing rush, pop by Joe-Joe's and make sure you spend long enough to have a good old chin-wag with the loquacious proprietor. He's a hoot.
It's also one of the cheapest places to eat in the States. A cup of tea for her and a large milkshake for me? "That'll be five dollars, please."
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