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.
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.
806 North Thompson
Springdale, AR 72764