Restaurants & Bars 6

Mother's Macaroons

bacchante | Dec 29, 2005 05:25 PM

I have known for some time that this place was tucked away in North Arlington right off Lee Hwy. But I had not stopped, since I am not much of a sweets-eater. And I particularly dislike those overly sweet commercially just-baked cookies found in the malls, etc.

Then in response to a question about soup, I learned that Mother’s has soups. I love soup. Soup is my comfort food. When I was little, I would walk home from school for lunch, and my mother would have a bowl of soup and half a sandwich ready for me every day. Usually it was Campbell’s unless she had her homemade vegetable or bean soup around. Either way, soup made me happy. I often would have it for breakfast, too, because I detested cereals.

One day after a painful physical therapy session, I decided I needed my mother and so went to Mother’s Macaroons for a bowl of soup and half a sandwich. The menu isn’t long—just a few sandwiches and homemade soups that change periodically. I had chicken gumbo, as it was one of the soups I loved as a kid. It was fantastic, spicy with andouille sausage. Campbell’s should be ashamed. For my sandwich, I had egg salad on either rye or pumpernickle. Excellent. I’ve since been back for a different soup and sandwich. Also excellent.

And here’s the best thing. On my first visit, I had told the lady behind the counter (Mother?) when I ordered that also wanted a dozen chocolate chip cookies to take home. She said I should wait as some were in the oven. When I went up to pay and get the cookies, she brought me a hot one on the house right off the tray. It knocked my socks off. It was as good as any homemade chocolate chip cookie I have had. What a much-needed dose of mothering!

I’m sorry Mom, but Mother’s does it better.

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