Lunch Box : Momma Spriggs
Located across the street from Lowe’s, the brick building that houses Momma Spriggs is neat and tidy on the outside. Inside, the restaurant is nicely lit, the staff is welcoming, and everything—from the windows, to the floors, to the tables—is clean.
Two menus are offered at lunch. The Luncheon Specials menu offers appetizers such as a Stuffed Tuscan (grilled Portobello mushroom cap topped with crab cake and spicy remoulade sauce), salads and sandwiches. The regular luncheon menu, from which we made our selections, presented a larger variety of salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Soups of the day were seafood chowder and chicken gumbo, which the waitress said had a little bit of a kick. My partner ordered a cup of the seafood chowder ($3.95), the pulled barbecue pork sandwich ($5.95), and coffee ($1.89). I ordered the Cuban sandwich ($6.95), a side salad ($2.25), and ice tea ($1.89).
The seafood chowder and side salad arrived within minutes. Steaming hot, the chowder had a substantial amount of crab, shrimp, and clams accompanied by corn and potatoes in a classic New England style milky broth, which was neither too briny nor too creamy. A cup was bountiful as an appetizer; a bowl would have been enough for lunch.
The side salad was a plateful of mixed greens with grape tomatoes, red onions, and croutons. The house dressing, an apple cider vinaigrette, was on the sweet side and best used sparingly. A basket of homemade wheat bread, deliciously fresh, moist and light enough to appeal to almost anyone’s palate, accompanied our starters.
The pulled pork barbecue sandwich is a house specialty, and it didn’t disappoint. Simmered in a tasty barbecue sauce, the pork was piled onto a glazed Kaiser roll and accompanied by a side of coleslaw and an abundance of unsalted homemade potato chips. The pork was exceptionally tender, and the sweet sauce enhanced the meaty flavor of the dish.
The Cuban sandwich was loaded with sliced baked ham, Swiss cheese, thick slices of dill pickle and mustard. Served Panini style on ciabatta, the sandwich was a harmonious combination of flavors: the dill pickles played off the tangy mustard and slight saltiness of the ham. The cheese was sufficiently melted and was not gooey. Clearly, the kitchen staff knows what they’re doing. Along with additional thick slices of dill pickles, this sandwich came with the house potato chips. They were crunchy and non-greasy, and while they may not have been the best we’ve had, they were certainly very good.
For dessert, we opted to share a coconut cream pie ($4.95). I’m not a fan of this pastry; usually it’s too much cream and custard. But Momma Spriggs’ homemade version, served as a small tart rather than a slice, was delicious. The whipped cream topping was fresh and didn’t hijack the dessert. The custard had just enough slivers of coconut to give flavor and texture. The graham cracker crust was exceptionally flaky and balanced with the other flavors for melt-in-your mouth goodness.
Seating at Momma Spriggs is at booth or tables in the dining room, or at the counter where two TV’s are visible. This is one of those rare restaurants that actually has acoustics attenuated so that even when the place is crowded, conversation is possible. Parking is convenient and adequate. Service is quick and friendly.
Total price of the lunch for two (starters, entrees, dessert and beverages) with tax was $29.50. It’s a good value.
Reviewed by RD | March 2013