Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lemon meringue.

What's the brightest pie in northwest Arkansas?  Without hesitation: the lemon meringue at Neal's Cafe in Springdale.  Dayglow yellow doesn't cover it -- this pie is almost radioactive in appearance.

It somewhat fits in with the eclectic wonderland.  The walls inside Neal's Cafe are pink, yet there's a strong flavor of old-style Lodge design within.
There are deer heads on the walls, tile on the floors and a mishmash of woodwork and such about the place.  The chairs are green, the plates are yellow, and the food is good.  In fact, since the restaurant's creation in 1944, its motto has been "Serving the Best of Better Foods."

The pan fried chicken is marvelous... and there's always pie -- with big fat peaks that give each pie the appearance of having six Peeps perched under a meringue roof. Out of them all, the lemon gets the best notice, because of its fierce color. It’s piquant with substance and heft, a thick deep yellow custard that clings to its meringue beautifully. The crust: folded flour with just the barest flavor but built on those tight thin layers for the perfect cut.

Neal's Cafe also offers a special meringue pie called the Tropical, which includes pineapple, coconut and bananas within.  Read more here.

Neale’s Café
806 North Thompson
Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 751-9996

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