Durham >Food & Dining > Joe & Jo's Downtown
427 W Main St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770135.997200 -78.905100
Neighborhoods: Downtown, City Center
Genuine Neighborhood Pub – Joe and Jo's is the real thing. Cold beer, friendly barkeeps, easy going place. The food is good for what is really a pub. Joe and Jo (real people) know their regulars, and are friendly to the new folks. The crowd is diverse--old, young, black, white, gay, straight, loud, quiet. All mixed well together. I've caught some of the live music at night and was pleased. A secret reason to go is the ever-changing flavors of homemade ice cream.
One of my new favorite places.
Downtown not uptight – Food much better than average, a great variety of events, wonderful homemade ice cream and desserts and a truly inclusive and diverse clientelle, the way we like it in Durham! I have had the fries a few times and they were never soggy, so someone had an off day for he above comment. A great place to unwind and feel comfortable.
Finally a place with a neighborhood feel – A friend recommended that we meet here for dinner last night and frankly did not expect much. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The menu was not extensive but if the food is good it doesn't have to be. I started with a bowl of their New England Clam Chowder that was bouillon based and very tasty. For the main course I ordered the Steak Frites for $11.95 and received a good quality NY Strip topped with a light pesto, tomato, spice concoction that gave the dead cow even more character. It is great that there is now a place that is affordably priced that is not corporately owned. I plan on going back
A great start – Joe & Jo's is a great start to revitalizing the social scene in downtown Durham. While not perfect-- menu is limited and typically greasy-spoon-- Jo and Joe are wonderfully enthusiastic hosts, the ambiance is relaxed and the suds flow freely. A nice casual place to get a drink and have an appetizer, but maybe not your whole meal.
Besides, people should go just to get downtown moving again.
A Downtown Oasis!!! – Joe & Jo's is the perfect downtown pub. The staff is friendly, the food is great and the beer is cold! The eclectic ambiance is warm and inviting. Its a small Cheers without the glitz and pretense. Joe and Jo are great hosts and their pub is a great fit for a downtown Durham renaissance!
soggy fries – My friends and I went to this place because it had 3 PERFECT reviews. Well, they must have been submitted by Joe, Jo, and the cook! This place is nothing special. We ordered 2 Cuban's, the burger plate, and fish and chips. The fries we're soggy and moist with all the plates. For $7, I expected more food. None of us finished the food. They had some "kitchen Problems" that night so getting served was slow. Jo did apologize and gave us free desert. Outdoor seating limited to 2 plastic tables.
Who is more awesome? Jo or Joe? – Jo and Joe have really created a great place in downtown Durham. With their outdoor seating, traditional pub feel and eclectic artwork inside, it is really a great place to go after work. The food is great too. Some of the best fries I have ever had! Order the 5 Points burger when you are really hungry!
Beautiful People – I have only been once since it opened but the service was impecable,the food delicious and the people diverse,interesting and friendly. Go--you will love it, their sandwich, the cuban--best ever-if not a little messy
Good food, good times – This restaurant is wonderful spot to enjoy lunch in downtown Durham or a relaxing place to have a quick drink after work. The "signature sandwich" is the Cuban sandwich and honestly is the best I have ever had. Great service, excellent food, and even local art on display makes Joe & Jo's a genuine Durham gem.
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