August 2, 2007

Aunt Jenny's Kitchen

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A restaurant in Mackinaw is catering to the local crowd that loves homemade food.

Eric Shangraw is at Aunt Jenny's Kitchen in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Aunt Jenny's Kitchen is right in the center of the Village of Mackinaw. We'd all like an Aunt Jenny like this living close by: Jennifer Kelley makes her pies from scratch. Before Kelley and her fiancé bought the business last fall, she cooked to relieve stress. Now she bakes for a living. Judging by the speed at which the coconut cream pie sells... it was a good career move.

We are family oriented. No smoking. Mackinaw is a dry town, no drinking in here. So it is a good place for families.

This is a nice gathering place for people around. Good location and good food.

Instead of Jazzy–Jenny... the restaurant is decorated more like Plain–Jane. But we didn't come looking for decorating tips.. we came to eat. Photographer Doug Smith had the butterfly pork chop sandwich, French fries, and a salad. I had the special: Country Fried Steak and mashed potatoes covered in rich white gravy. Very filling for a country sized appetite. The corn was overdone... so I put it aside to save space for dessert. I had cherry pie warmed up. It features a nice sugar coated crust. Doug had Jenny's number one seller: The coconut cream pie holding its form even after being diced into a single serving. Doug closed his eyes during the first few bites, saying it was a slice of heaven. Our bill with drinks: 24–dollars plus tip. The pie alone is reason enough for a trip to Aunt Jenny's Kitchen. Eric Shangraw News 25.

Aunt Jenny's Kitchen is open six days a week from 6:30am-8pm.
They do close early on Monday afternoon.

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