- Kat Robinson
- CREAMY DELIGHT: Pineapple Cream at Just Like Mom's.
I've been hearing about this place that Mary Steenburgen likes to visit in Sherwood. Now, a celebrity recommendation usually carries about as much weight as anyone else's to me... but it was worth checking out. And I'm glad I did.
Just Like Mom's is a great little place to have a good warming lunch for not a lot of dough, with enough space and comfort to read the paper or catch up with your friends and fill your belly. And there's pie.
I dropped by a few weeks ago for a nice hot lunch on a cold, blustery day. There are a good number of sandwiches on the menu, including Fried Bologna, a Club, a Double Grilled Cheese, a Monterray Chicken Philly and of course a Reuben. I decided I wanted a lunch plate, though, and went with the Chicken Fried Chicken ($6.89, $7.59 for dinner).
Didn't take long to get it. My plate was two lightly breaded pieces of chicken breast, mashed potatoes with brown gravy (I opted not to have the gravy on my chicken, too), black eyed peas and a roll. The food was good — the black eyed peas were nice and savory and the chicken was decently tender. The roll... well, the roll was pretty fluffy and nice. I thought about asking for another one.
But I needed room for the pie... and the pie that day that struck my fancy was the Pineapple Cream Pie. For $2.95 you can have any slice of pie in the case, and this one struck my fancy. It reminded me in flavor of an old fashioned pineapple pudding — like a banana pudding except with pineapple. The creamy custard made the pineapple more comfortingly soft than bright, more of a baked than fresh flavor but nice. There was a touch of vanilla and perhaps nutmeg to it, which gave the pie a flavor more like a Christmas custard than a Pineapple Upside Down cake.
Still, not bad for the price. I hear I have to go back for the chocolate cake.
You'll find Just Like Mom's at 3140 East Kiehl in Sherwood. It's open Monday-Friday 6:30-9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 7-11:30 a.m. (501) 833-0402 or check out the website.