Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie
Fri, 05/18/12 1:38 PM
Thursday April 26, 2012 We were up and out of our hotel before light and headed southeast towards Fort Smith, Arkansas. Near Broken Arrow, we stopped for gas. Since it was my turn to pay for gas, Johnny went into the convenience store for coffee. As soon as he walked in, the clerk said, "Hi John!". This threw him off for a second, at least until the man directly behind him answered back. The drive was very pretty, with all the fog and the sun coming up. We were hoping to visit Fort Smith National Historic Site, but it was still an hour before they would open. While driving through town, we spotted a great looking little drive-in called Ed Walker's. According to their sign, they specialize in french dip. But, once again we were too early as they didn't open until 10:00AM. Anyone ever been to Ed Walker's before? From the looks, we missed out on a pretty good place. We finally got to our first meal of the day, Jenny Lind's Country Cafe. The street address says it is located in Greenwood, but the map says there is a town called Jenny Lind here. I am curious why this small town in Arkansas is named after a famous Swedish singer. The GPS made a couple mistakes, but we managed to find it without much incident. The outside looked pure country and we were feeling good about our decision to come here. The interior had a piano, mismatched tables and chairs, but looked very neat and organized. Our waitress came over, with a thick Southern drawl (remember, we had been in Oklahoma, where people sounded completely different) and asked if we were the boys who called earlier. Yes, ma'am, that would be us! We were here because of their place on the list of 15 Best Pies in Arkansas. Since we were the only customers here and some pies were still in the oven, we felt no rush to order our desserts. We decided a small amount of breakfast would be a good idea. We went with the fried bologna, which was extra thick, fatty, juicy and had a nice char. This came with home fries and eggs, which we ordered scrambled. That wasn't a lot of food for the two of us, so we also got a single order of biscuits and gravy. This was sensational! The biscuit was small, soft and melt in your mouth good. Johnny loved it! The gravy was not too thick, not too thin and very peppery. Only because we had lots of pie to eat, did we not order lots more of the B & G. While we were waiting for the food, I got up and looked around. They have some impressive handmade pie cases here, which tells me just how important pies are at Jenny Lind's. They have a seperate menu board just for the desserts. Now, those are what they normally offer, but they didn't have everything ready yet. Once our pies were sat down in front of us, I had to take this ChiTownDiner inspired shot. First up was Johnny's choice, the coconut cream, which surprised us by being on the small side. Johnny described the filling as being thick and creamy. The crust was soft and fragile, the meringue very airy. This was a really good slice of pie. Next up was the butterfinger crunch, my choice. We were told that this pie was basically butterfinger candy bar mixed with whipped cream. It did have several chunks of butterfinger in it. Very light and smooth, this pie bordered on being too sweet, but we still liked it. Finally, the extra slice was the buttermilk. The custard was indeed firm, very sweet and reminded us of a chess pie. There was also lots of coconut, but strangely, we didn't taste much of the buttermilk. Still, this was another fine slice of pie that we thoroughly enjoyed. The ladies who took care of us were a real hoot. When we mentioned we had just spent five days in Oklahoma, she got a smile on her face and said, "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that." Obviously, there is a rivalry with these two states or at least some good natured ribbing. When our pies showed up, the owner (and expert pie maker) came out of the kitchen, because she "had to meet these two boys who came so far just for pie." She spent a lot of time at our table, telling us the history of the place and just chatting. The building goes back to 1888 and used to be the town's schoolhouse. If we had it to do over, we both would have ordered full breakfasts here, because I'm thinking all of their food is probably pretty good. But, we would return to Jenny Lind's Country Cafe just for those pies and the good company. Jenny Lind's Country Cafe 2655 Gate Nine Road Greenwood, AR 479-996-1099 We got back in the car, looking to do some sightseeing. Much more to come.....
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