Auntie Em’s Kitchen is an interesting little restaurant that I stumbled upon while searching for a unique place to take my mother to for her birthday/mothers day celebration (both of which had long since passed). Cupcakes were the first thing that grabbed my attention as they are one of my mothers favorite things in the world.
Though we ended up inside of Auntie Em’s about an hour before closing time the staff were quite friendly, helpful, and interesting in their own right.
They make most everything in-house and it is noticeable through its taste. I had their Meatloaf Sandwich and it was, to say the least, one of the best I’ve ever had. It was very similar to my mothers own meatloaf which, for a good portion of my life, was the only one I was willing to eat. Though I say that my mothers is still better this one certainly comes close. If they mixed some cheese in with the loaf it would have been a dead ringer for the family recipe.
The real deal here however was of course the desserts that they make. They are known for their cupcakes. Personally I am sick of this whole cupcake fad that has gripped the United States. There are an over abundance of cupcake shops that have sprung up all around Southern California and most are not worth their salt…… or sugar… I include Sprinkles cupcakes among these legions. While Sprinkles does have decent cupcakes it’s not worth the drive to get them nor the price they charge for them after all its just a freaking cupcake. Anyway I’m getting side tracked and doubt my tirade on cupcakes would interest anyone.
They have three sizes of cupcakes at Auntie Em’s being small, medium, and large. While the large is the same price as a Sprinkles cupcake it is enough for two to split. My mother and wife each had a small one while I could hardly resist their Black Bottom Banana Cream Tart. Now when ordering this I though it to have some sort of Oreo or comparable crust being the black bottom and I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong. It was a standard tart crust with dark chocolate that had been melted and spread across the inside of the tart which created this barrier between the custard and pastry keeping it flakey and delicious. The bananas were perfectly ripe and the custard not overly sweet. All around it was a wonderful experience.
One of my favorite aspects of Auntie Em’s, aside from their food, is that they support local farmers. All of their produce comes from local farmers who grow seasonal crops. Because of this Auntie Em’s is constantly changing their menu in order to use locally produced seasonal vegetables and fruits.
If you ever find yourself in Eagle Rock its well worth a trip to Auntie Em’s Kitchen.