Dan & Southern Joe’s

I’m slacking, I know. Things have been crazy, but I’m trying my best to get you all caught up.

A few weeks ago we had one of Joe’s friends in town to stay with us for a few days. While they managed to get out and see the town quite a bit, and have some “guy” time, I was able to tag a long for a few of the outings. Namely Saturday.

We started out early, heading to Jenny’s Cafe up the road for breakfast. This place is a knock-off American 60’s diner with incredible prices and a menu that never ends. Literally. It takes up one wall of the place.

So after a good fill-up, we headed to Greenwich Park, Cutty Sark, and the Naval College to check things out. We got incredibly lucky with the weather over the weekend too. Sunny, warm and calm. Doesn’t get much better than that. So I guess that means winter will be back in a few weeks, given how things go on this side of the pond. Good choice in timing to come visit, Dan!

We popped in one of the museums, but decided our time was better spent outside around the college grounds and checking out the park. One of the things we’ve been meaning to do since moving here over a year ago, but somehow haven’t gotten around to, was heading up to the observatory and the meridian line in the park. So we made the trek up the ridiculously steep hill to the observatory for a look over London, the O2 and Canary Wharf. On a day so clear, it doesn’t get much better.

Heading back down to the college park, it was about time to find a good place for a drink and a sit in the sun. Thankfully, Meantime Brewery is on the park grounds. Phew! A few beer paddles later we were ready to call it quits and head back for a bit before taking on the afternoon and evening.

The guys did their thing while I did mine for a while during the afternoon and we met back up for dinner, which ended up being at none other than Southern Joe’s Kitchen and Bar.
Really?? Way too appropriate.

The dish names were great too, with starters such as Coq-n-balls, and plates called the Prison Platter. They even have the well-known “Beer Can Chicken”, which they cut and serve in the dining room while the can is still inside. This may not be anything special to
many American’s but it certainly seemed to impress the others there. And did I mention they even have a “Blue Plate Special? Yep, this place is real.

An entertaining walk back along South Bank and a train ride home, and we were all ready for a good night sleep.