JJ’s Retro Eatery

   November 28, 2012 9:44 am

 

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Yesterday, I made a quick trip down to Union City to visit JJ’s Retro Eatery. This small, old-fashioned style diner is fairly new and offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, and weekend dinner dishes. From $3.00 breakfast specials with $.10 coffee to pork sandwiches and Dagwood clubs, this place keeps the food traditional. Complete with checkered flooring, red vinyl seats, and corrugated metal walls, its a dining experience fit for the 1950s. This visit was strictly pie-oriented, but the smell inside almost made me stay for a meal. Right inside the front door is a large display case full of scrumptious-looking desserts. I ordered four slices of pie to go and couldn’t wait till dinner so that Amanda and I could try them.

Later that evening, we sat down to start with a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake. This is the first cheesecake I have tried for my blog and it was a good one. Instead of a crumb crust like most cheesecakes, this had a traditional rolled pie crust. I’ve made pumpkin cheesecake before, but not like this. Instead of mixing the pumpkin with the cheese mixture, a thin layer of delicious pumpkin pie filling was spread in the bottom of the crust with the creamy, rich cheesecake mixture sitting on top of it. I would only guess that it was baked first with just the pumpkin in it to make sure it set. This delicious treat was decadent without being overly sweet and the pumpkin was subtle, but really made for a perfect autumn after-dinner treat.

After the richness of the cheesecake, we needed something with a little tartness to take the edge off, so we moved on to the piece of Berry Rhubarb pie. This double crust pie was stuffed with a lot of fruit filling. The crust was too thick around the edges for my liking, but the filling was wonderful. The rhubarb started out with a sour bite, that was quickly mellowed by the sweet berries and sugar. The rest of the pie was a mix of strawberries and raspberries. I ate a lot of berry rhubarb pie as a child and this really brought back some good memories. My cheeks pucker just thinking about it.

We stayed in the vein of fruit pies for our next slice and sampled the Apple Caramel Pecan. When you consider how many flavors are involved in this pie, it had a surprisingly traditional taste. There was a ton of caramel on this messy pie, but it wasn’t too sticky sweet. The pecans added texture and a fantastic nutty taste to the dessert. The apples still had a great crunch and were well-spiced. If it were heated up and topped with a scoop of ice cream, it would have been perfect. The crust on this was also pretty thick and didn’t take away from the pie, but there was a little leftover crust when we were done.

Last, but not least, we came to the Oreo Cream Pie. This moved from the realm of cream pies almost toward a cheesecake. It was super thick and way richer than the cheesecake we tasted earlier. The pie started with a crumb crust and was layered with chocolate, Oreo cream, more chocolate, and Oreo crumbs. There was a large amount of chocolate, but surprising not a lot of taste. It tasted primarily of sugar instead of the milky chocolate and familiar cookie I was expecting. I really like cream pies, but I probably wouldn’t get a slice of this one again.

The majority of the pies in the case are traditional, no-frills pies. They aren’t anything fancy, but fit in perfectly with the retro diner. Thank you to everyone at JJ’s who helped with these pies. I will be back for sure to try some more of your menu. JJ’s Retro Eatery is open Monday through Wednesday from 6am -3:30pm, Thursday through Saturday from 6am – 8pm, and Sunday from 8am – 3:30pm. The number to reach them is 814.438.7887.

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Until next time,

Andrew — Beard vs. Food

 

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