Eat N Park – not exactly my type of restaurant. For those unfamiliar with the Western PA chain, think Denny’s/Perkins with a better breakfast buffet. It’s a classic blue-collar chain turned late night hipster hang-out , well, the non food-snob ones at least. It was never a routine spot for me, but a very big part of growing up in the Pittsburgh area.They’re best known for their Smiley Cookies, which aren’t anything more than a standard, sometimes stale, frosted sugar cookie. So I was a bit surprised to be contacted about their new national mail order service. I was wondering why anyone would mail order these things.
Now I know. The smiley cookie service doesn’t use preservatives, and they have much better offerings than just the big-ass smiley guys. I had ever tried EnPs chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin, so I wasn’t expecting much – I was wrong.
The chocolate chip were up there with the best I’ve had. Barely holding together. Buttery, not oily, tons huge semi-sweet chocolate chunks.
You know those over baked dry oatmeal cookies, studded with raisins pebbles? These are the opposite. Huge plump raisins in a soft slightly chewy oatmeal base.
I’m sure there are plenty of cookie companies out there with comparable quality, but if you’re looking for a nostalgic gift for a Western PA native, send them these.