Not Your Average Joe’s – Silver Spring, MD

Hey Cuties,

It is another dope Friday here at and another #FatSnacks Friday. Over the weekend my Bloggy Boo’s and I attended the VIP Soft Opening of Not Your Average Joe’s in Silver Spring, MD. You already know how I feel about food, so there was no way I was going to miss this sacred experience. Until now I had never been to Not Your Average Joe’s so I was really looking forward to it. Not Your Average Joe’s officially opened up to the public on Tuesday, July 12th. Please pay them a visit at 8661 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD; they are in the heart of downtown Silver Spring.

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I had no idea what I was going to wear. Not Your Average Joe’s is a neighborhood type of spot where you can easily become a regular and everybody knows your name. You know real Cheers like, so I didn’t want to overdo it. But I wanted to do it. Please know that before we left they certainly knew our names.

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Dressed and hungry.

I’m sucker for a graphic t-shirt for almost any occasion so I rocked by Because of Them We Can t-shirt.  I was still in my feels a bit so I needed to just say it with my chest.  That meant I had to turn it up from the waist down so I went with a tulle skirt I hardly ever wear. I added my favorite bow belt into the situation, then tossed on a comfy heel and left home.

Not Your Average Joe's Silver Spring

Not your Average Joe’s, Silver Spring, MD

Back Story: Not Your Average Joe’s is a Boston-based restaurant chain.  They occupy 6,500 square feet and have outdoor seating. Oh I love to eat, sip and people watch during the warm months.  The chain has been around for 22-years and has 26 locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia.

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Not Your Average Joe’s Dipping Sauce

I love to dine at an establishment that gives me something to eat while I wait for my food. My Fat Girl radar just went all kinds of crazy. We dipped our bread and dipped our bread until there was no dip left to speak of. It was so yummy. Because sharing is caring I’ve got something for you…

Here’s their recipe:

Grated Romano/Parmesan Cheese 1 oz.
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes 1 pinch
Olive Oil Blend or Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 oz.
Chopped Garlic 1/2 tsp

Combine cheese and red pepper flakes together. Add garlic and oil and mix well.

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Not Your Average Cocktails…

What they didn’t know is that the Bloggy Boo’s turn up. This isn’t an intentional type of deal it is simply the natural order of things. Our energy is just so electric. The dope thing is we want to share it with others so we allow them the experience.

First order of business cocktails…

Moscow Mule: Tito’s hand-made vodka gives a powerful kick to muddled blackberries, agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime and fever tree ginger beer, in a copper mug $8.99

Fresh Fruit Sangria: Fruit punch for grownups, made with red wine and brandy, plus plenty of real fresh fruit. $7.50 Pitcher $16.5

Pineapple Painkiller: The Virgin Islands’ reputed hangover cure, house-infused pineapple rum, cream of coconut, muddled pineapple and freshly squeezed OJ, with a sprinkle of nutmeg. $8.00

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Buffalo Caribbean Chicken Tenders

This appetizer was so good we had two servings of it. Plus, we are also that fat, they were the perfect combo of spice and sweetness. These Buffalo Caribbean Chicken Tenders are hand breaded and tossed with mango-buffalo BBQ sauce served with pineapple-jalapeno salsa. *insert praise dance* They are suck your fingers good okay. $10.50

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My Bloggy Boo’s: The Style Medic, Moms ‘N Charge & Sisters with Beauty (We were missing Passenger 156)

We are a movement by our-self, but we’re a force when we’re together…

We showed up and showed out the entire night. Our table was the life of the party, people kept stopping by and asking us questions. When I say people I mean the employees would ask if we needed anything. Ask us who we were and why we had 40 photo shoots in their fine establishment. We chatted with the Executive Chef and VP of Culinary Mr. Jeff Tenner. The food was so good we genuinely only had nice things to say. We have a future date with him to get a tour of the kitchen.  We even had a really nice white lady tell us we were “Her favorite color.” Ummm, okay. Thanks maybe… I’m certain we met most of the staff and they were all a good time. I love people who recognize good energy and give it right back.

Please note these are signs of a good establishment. The people come first, they treated us like we were the only people who mattered. I aint the one to gossip, so you aint heard it from me but we were the only ones that mattered. I’m just saying.  After snapping lots of pictures, chatting and sipping cocktails we finally decided on what we were going to eat. We made sure we each got something different.

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata: Pan-seared chicken over fettuccine in a lemony cream sauce with capers, diced tomatoes and sautéed green beans $16.50

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas: Pulled chicken with pepper jack, caramelized onions and fresh corn, wrapped in handmade tortillas, sprinkled with cotija cheese and pepita seeds served with yellow rice and black beans $16.50

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Chimichurri Flank Steak

Chimichurri Flank Steak: Marinated and grilled flank steak with chimichurri, Mexican street corn and black bean rice $21.50

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Sweet Blue Burger

Sweet Blue Burger: Blue cheese, country bacon, caramelized onions and arugula with organic greens or hand-cut fries $12.50

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Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake: Served warm with a gooey chocolate center, hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream $7.50

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Peanut Butter Thing

Peanut Butter Thing: Joe’s claim to fame—peanut butter and chocolate chunks folded into vanilla ice cream and rolled in Oreo cookie crumbs, topped with fresh whipped cream and drizzled with hot chocolate and caramel sauces. $7.99

The food was amazing; we took turns eating some of each other’s food. The customer service was outstanding, shout out to Daniel he took excellent care of us. We are a handful to say the least but he kept up with no problem. He even got in on the laughs and took pictures for us.  The place is nice and warm and inviting, you can show up in jeans or a tulle skirt and still fit right in. Bonus: They have large booths in the bar area. I can’t wait to go back and visit during football season.

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Receipt & Survey

This event was on the house, but I wanted you to see how reasonable the prices are. I also included the price next to each picture. I love a good night out on the town eating and drinking and not going into the poor house. They attach an iPhone to a cutting board so you can complete a survey. Note: You can’t take the phone off we tried. You can’t use the camera to snap selfies, we tried.  You can’t do anything other than the survey, we tried.

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Group shot with “Joe”

After our meal we were outside being our normal amaze-balls self and this gentleman asked us about our experience. In a very overwhelming fashion we all spoke of the goodness at once. He told us he was the “Joe” of Not Your Average Joe’s so we made him take a selfie with us. Then I texted him the picture. hahahaha Update: He is  Joe of sorts but Not Your Average Joe who is a fictional person but he is Joe Garland, the Regional Director of Operations.

The Bloggy Boo’s aren’t your average gals so we were a match made in heaven for Not Your Average’s Joe’s.  Now we need a booth at the bar in our honor with a cute gold plate that says “Bloggy Boo’s”.  We can blame this amazing night on Director of Digital Marking, Stacey Furtado. She made sure we got the royal treatment. We are going to make her an honorary member right after she makes the booth thing happen.

If you’ve never been GO, if you haven’t been in a minute GO! If you go to the one in Silver Spring the Bloggy Boo’s are a mandatory +5, we come with the experience.

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Have you ever been to a Not Your Average Joe’s? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Check out my Boo’s Recaps:

Christine: Moms ‘N Charge

Diana: Sisters With Beauty

Te: The Style Medic


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  2. Alli Smith

    The food looks scrumptious! And that molten cake – that’s my kind of dessert. And the prices can’t be beat. Looks like a great place to meet and enjoy delicious food.

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  4. Jeanette

    I think I need to become close friends with you so that I can go to some of these absolutely awesome restaurants! All of the food looks just practically sinful. I want to try it all.

  5. Heather Lawrence

    Looks like you guys had a great girls night out! Those dishes look delicious but your desert is calling my name. Yummy!! Perfect side dish to go with my morning cup of coffee. 🙂

  6. Pam

    All that food looks really good. I also love that they have a lot of outdoor seating. Outdoor seating is my favorite when the weather is warm.

  7. Tomiko

    The food looks amazing but I couldn’t get past how beautiful you natural ladies look!! Love how you described each meal along with the cost!!

  8. Michelle

    Average Joe’s restaurant does not look average at all – it looks excellent! All of the food looks incredible and the prices are very reasonable. I’m off to make some lunch after reading this post!

  9. Emerald

    I love your skirt Mimi! You always serve bold looks that I love! It looks like y’all had a blast too. 🙂

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  11. Jeanine

    The food looks pretty fantastic! Not going to lie looks like a perfect time out! You also looked adorable, I always love your outfit choices!

  12. Liz Mays

    That sounded like such a fun night. It’s great that the employees were so friendly. The meals looked great!

  13. Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    I hated that I couldn’t join you beautiful dolls! Next time for sure. The bread me…you had me at shredded parmesan. lol The deserts, I may just have to head to Silver Spring right now. #FatSnacks looked so delicious.

  14. Stacie

    Those Caribbean wings are calling my name. That so cool that you got to hang with your bloggy boos!

  15. adriana

    You must have had so much fun! I love your pictures – that drink and dessert both look SO good!

  16. Tia | Pennies In My Pocket

    Yes! Can I party with you ladies? It looks like you had a lot of great food and drinks at the table to share. I will definitely try this restaurant if I am ever in the area after seeing your pictures.

    I love your outfit too. I need to snag one of those shirts for myself.

  17. Sarah

    That certainly isn’t your average Joe’s at all is it, glad you all have a lovely time. Looks like a great selection of food here too.

  18. Marsha

    Looks like you ladies had a blast! The food looked great too and thanks for the bread dip recipe 😉 Btw, your outfit was very cute!

  19. Bella

    Oh my goodness, this food looks fantastic. I love sangria this time of year — so good!

  20. Jenn

    One of our favorite places. I did not know they were in MD. We literally just ate at one near us last night for my daughter’s B-day.

  21. T. Espinoza

    Bless your whole entire heart for tracking down that dip recipe. I was putting it on everything I could think of and was so sad when it was gone LOL. I’m gonna whip up a batch because yummy.

  22. Anosa

    I wish I lived over the pond so I could visit this establishment, the food looks great, the price can not be beat and the campaign looks amazing. Sounds like my kind of atmosphere

  23. Bonnie @wemake7

    I love when places offer a little something to eat beforehand while waiting for the meals to come out. This food all looks great.

  24. Bijee

    Girl this food look amaze balls!! That bread dip, I need to know more about that, that alone could be enough to convince me. lol

  25. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Girl, can I just say how much I love your for finding and sharing that dipping sauce recipe?! That sauce was everything and so was that night. We must go out and do it again soon! And yes, you ARE my favorite color boo LOL

  26. CourtneyLynne

    Omg!!! So much yumminess! I swear you are always eating the most delicious foods!!!!

  27. Vashti (

    You guys definitely showed up and showed UP! Loved your outfit Mimi. I was telling Christine that NYAJ is on my list next time I’m back in the DMV 🙂

  28. The Review Chic

    Looks like you all had a blast! I will definitely be trying NYAJ out!

  29. Zahra Said

    The chicken piccata looks good. I must visit there, if I’m in town.

  30. Eva

    Nice price! I am looking at that flank steak… This should happen for me… LOL!

  31. Adanna

    This post made me sooooo hungry! Everything looks so delicious and you ladies all look so fabulous!

  32. Sheena

    Lawd, that food looks so dang good. I want it ALL.

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