Friday, December 9, 2011

Pieday: Coconut cream at Lucy's Diner

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

SIMPLE:  No bells and whistles with Lucys Diners coconut cream pie.
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  • SIMPLE: No bells and whistles with Lucy's Diner's coconut cream pie.
Good pie, 24 hours a day? Yes, you’ll find it in Fort Smith or Rogers at a little diner called Lucy’s. It’s a good stop-in for late night conversations and breakfast anytime.

Seems every time I go to Lucy’s it’s in the middle of the night… usually when I’m passing through from somewhere else. Having a 24 hour joint that’s locally owned is awesome… and Fort Smith has several. Now, admittedly, if I want a burger or a patty melt I head to Benson’s… but if I want eggs it’s Lucy’s. They do them right.

Of course, it’s not fancy. I will eat the Cheeseburger Omelet ($6.99) even though it has American cheese slices on it — because it’s unashamed of that fact. I mean, a big fat fluffy three egg omelet packed with ground beef and cheese is a good hearty breakfast. The gluey cheese on top just makes it seem a bit more like a chain cheeseburger. Maybe they should add pickles and ketchup. Then it would be a dead ringer. I kid you not. And I’m not being mean about it. Sometimes you just want to eat some cheap comfort food, right? Maybe? Served up with four wedges of toast and some hash browns, it’s good late night fare a mite cheaper than what you’ll get for something similar at IHOP.

I like their lunch specials, too — especially the chicken & dumplings. But I’ve only been able to catch them twice — and neither time have I had a camera. Darn it.

But then there are the pies. For $2.99 you get your choice of an ever changing daily selection of pies. Some, they admit, aren’t completely homemade. In fact, the cherry and apple pies are likely to have a canned ingredient in the mix depending on the season. But the coconut cream pie? They have a gal that makes that there.

It’s not fluffy and tall. It’s not uber magnificent. What it is, is creamy and a little sweet on a salty crust. And sometimes that’s all you need.

Better yet, it’s a good coffee pie, and I can respect that. It’s only available until it runs out. There’s no running down to the store to pick up another out of a case — you are only going to get it when it’s been fresh made. And from my experience, that’s not all the time.

Another blogger I know would brag on the sweet potato pie there. Haven’t had it yet. Maybe someday when they’re out of coconut cream. We’ll see.

You’ll find Lucy’s Diner on Towson in Fort Smith, half a block north of Phoenix and next to Wing King (which fries candy bars, btw). (479) 646-1001. There’s also one in the old Hi-De-Ho Restaurant location in Rogers. (479) 230-5829.

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