Cookin From Scratch – Doolittle, Missouri
I want to begin this review by saying that I grew up 2 miles away from both sets of my grandparents. My Mamaw was raised in rural Kentucky where “comfort food” was called food.
As far back as I can remember when dinning at my fathers parent’s house every meal had at least 1 dish cooked in a skillet. It did not matter if it was skillet fried yams, skillet fried potatoes, skillet fried chicken, skillet fried fish, etc. Needless to say I am well versed in fried foods. To me, my Mamaw was and still is, The Queen of skillet fried foods.
As I came into my 30′s some years ago, I had to moderate my intake of these foods, but I will be completely honest and tell you that I have a place in my heart for “comfort food”. So when I drive down the interstate and I see a restaurant named “Cookin From Scratch”, I am flooded with memories of my childhood and you have my attention.
For my meal I decided to go with the 2 piece fried chicken, mashed potatoes with white gravy and cole slaw. I chose the chicken pieces I like. I went with the breast and drumstick (my 2 goto pieces). The batter, like everything there, is made in house from scratch. I could taste this in everything I ordered. The Chicken was fried to perfection. The batter is just crispy enough to make every bite crunch, just the way it is supposed to!
The mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes. I am not sure why other “home cooked” style restaurants cheap out and serve boxed mashed potatoes. It truly is mind boggling when potatoes are so cheap when purchased in bulk. Yet, the taste is far better when you simply use a real potato. I decided to go with a white gravy on the side. The consistency was exactly what anyone should expect from scratch. In my words, “spot on”.
I know gravy is tricky and everyone has their preference. For this I will say, the gravy was a bit on the bland side. However, I think this is good because bland is easy to remedy. Simply add salt or pepper, in the amount you see fit, to make your gravy taste the way you want.
Now onto the cole slaw. I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the cole slaw. It is rare to find an interesting take on such a simple food but this is worth mentioning. The cole slaw has just enough mayonnaise. This creamy pairs extremely well with the black pepper corns. The mix of crispy creamy, salty and pepper play together perfectly.
If you want a really good southern style home cooked meal Cookin From Scratch is the place to go. With meals ranging from hamburgers to steaks to fish and chicken, this is a place you will want to stop.
OVERALL RATING – 5/5!
Cookin From Scratch is located just off I44 exit 179. Cookin From Scratch also shares a building with a gas station, country store and diesel pump so it is quite literally 1 stop shopping.
There is a large dirt and gravel lot with ample parking for BIG trucks. If you are traveling thru the area and need anything to continue on your way, be sure to stop at Cookin From Scratch.