Dilemma at Henry's

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2012/04/02 13:19:03 (permalink)

Dilemma at Henry's

While driving across I-70 through Ohio yesterday afternoon, I was trying to decide where to have lunch.  Henry's in West Jefferson would be ideal, but they are always closed on Sundays.  But, you never know when restaurants change their hours, so I called.  It was picked up after two rings and they told me they were open until 4:00.  Woo-hoo!!!  That was pleasant surprise #1.
 
Pleasant surprise #2 was the list of pies they had available.  Usually, there are no more than five or six pie choices here.  And if you arrive late in the day, you won't even have that.  But yesterday, they had the entire arsenal ready.  Here is the list:

This was the best array of pies I have seen since last Smoke Day!  The dilemma?  How do you choose among all those potential gems?  Since this is Henry's, one of America's premier pie palaces, there is no doubt everything was going to be first-rate.
 
Even before sitting down, I took a photo of the list and posted it on Facebook, looking for help.  Excellent replies and suggestions were given by Nancypalooza, quijote and ceci.  A less helpful, but hardly surprising idea came from ChiTownDiner, who thought I should get a slice of each.
 
So, which one or ones (you know I had more than one) would you have picked?      
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    Michael Stern
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 13:35:13 (permalink)
    Banana cream. I can never resist it.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 13:52:27 (permalink)
    You were here yesterday and you didn't call?
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 13:59:35 (permalink)
    Michael, I texted Lisa on Friday and got no response.  It made me think you were in PA.  I would have loved to have had you two join me.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 14:02:36 (permalink)
    Does the fact that it is spelled creme mean it is not real whipped cream?
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:24:16 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Michael, I texted Lisa on Friday and got no response.  It made me think you were in PA.  I would have loved to have had you two join me.


    She says she never got the text. We were in Pennsylvania on Friday, but we got home Saturday. Oh, well, there's still the Back Door Tavern.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:27:44 (permalink)
    Oh, that's too bad.  I wanted to see if you two would meet me at Johnnie's Tavern on the west side of Columbus for dinner Friday night.  Since I didn't get any response, I should have called.  Sorry!
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:28:01 (permalink)
    I'm going to Henry's for the first time this Friday while driving out to Indiana.
     
    If they've got that same list, I think I'll go with the sugar creme as it's one of those pies I've wanted to try for a while and I'd never find in my region.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:38:34 (permalink)
    Cliff, I would have chosen pineapple creme because it sounds so unusual.  And probably a banana creme because it's so much like banana pudding, which I love.  I'd probably add a slice of coconut creme because it's really the best of the cream pies.  And maybe a chocolate creme, because it's a classic, homey pie.  Come to think of it, I'd add a butterscotch because real butterscotch pie is one of Sue's favorites.  I guess I'd try to fit in lemon meringue because it always tastes so bright and summery.  That should about do it, except I'd have to throw in a slice of blackberry because every blackberry pie I've had in Ohio has been spectacular.  Oh, yeah, this being spring, I'd have to do a slice of strawberry rhubarb.  Which I'd like to compare with a piece of straight rhubarb.  We'd have to have a piece of cherry, in honor of Sue's father - it was his favorite.  I guess there'd be room for peach, my favorite fruit pie, especially if they could put a scoop of vanilla on it.  Oh, and just one piece of classic American apple pie, with a cuppa Joe.  I'd have to have my personal favorite, pecan.  Did I see sugar creme?  This is the Midwest - how could I pass that by?  Mmmm, custard - that sounds mellow and comforting.  And I suppose I'd like to try a slice of raisin, which I've never had.  That was really a very easy choice.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:42:49 (permalink)
    Bruce-
    You may want to change your password.  ChiTownDiner is hacking your account!
     
     
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:43:19 (permalink)
    lleechef had the cherry and I had the peach last time we were at Henry's and both were very ordinary -- and disappointing.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 15:53:04 (permalink)
    Wow! I forgot about Johnnie's. I haven't been there in years. lleechef still wants to go to The Thurman for a burger, and to Katzinger's.
    post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2012/04/02 15:54:10
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 16:28:06 (permalink)
    I would limit my choices to 3 for this 'sampler' plate... Lemon Meringue would be my first selection, then comes Strawberry/rhubarb, and then either Butterscotch or Custard whichever caught my eye at the time.  OK, Make it four pieces, and give me both of my third choices.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 20:08:27 (permalink)
    Mayor Al-
    A four sampler plate?  I like where you are going with this.  You are obviously a man after my own heart!
     
    Michael Hoffman-
    As I was sitting at Johnnie's Tavern, I was thinking it was a shame you guys didn't join me, because you would have really loved the place.  Surprised to read that the two of you had a bad pie experience at Henry's.  That is disappointing.
     
    Mariton doesn't know it yet, but the weekend after she gets back from the Philippines, we are going to be running around in central Ohio.  Crabill's and G & R Tavern will be on the itinerary.  Hopefully, you and Lisa will be able to join us for a meal or two that weekend.
     
    Michael Stern-
    Thanks for the response.  I was especially interested in what you would choose.
     
    Bruce-
    That was a great answer and some first class justification.  Maybe I should have you follow me around to make excuses for why I eat so much.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 20:12:55 (permalink)
    phlmaestro-
    I not going to tell you not to order the sugar creme, but that was the closest I have come to not liking one of their pies.  With it being the only sugar creme pie I have ever tried, there is nothing to compare it to.  But it was small, flat, hard crust and with no real discerning flavor.
     
    If you do try it, please report and let us know what you think.
     
    Found my photo:

    post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/04/02 20:17:49
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/02 20:39:08 (permalink)
    Cliff, that sounds like fun. I've been wanting to get back to both Crabill's and G&R. lleechef insists, though, that she'll never eat a fried bologna sandwich.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 08:51:06 (permalink)
    I appreciate that tip, Buffetbuster. I'll probably make sure to try a slice of something else as well as the sugar creme in light of those comments.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 09:02:37 (permalink)
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    Sorry we missed you in Columbus!  We didn't get back from Rochester until Sunday.
    We will have to try Henry's again.  When we were last there, we both agreed that the pie seemed like it came from a grocery store.  Maybe we just hit them on a bad day?  Next time we go to Crabill's for burgers we'll try Henry's again. 
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 11:01:12 (permalink)
    Sugar "creme," coconut "creme," and cherry, in that order -- although I'd reconsider the cherry, now, based on Michael Hoffman's observation.
     
    Just back from Kentucky, where I shared a delicious slice of brown sugar cream pie (with whipped cream and ice cream) at Science Hill Inn in Shelbyville, KY on Saturday.  I had to share it with my brother, because thanks to a huge breakfast at Beaumont Inn that morning, and the ample lunch of a "Turkey B&B" (essentially a three-slice club sandwhich on homemade whole wheat with turkey, lettuce, tomato and a layer of homemade "Benedictine" spread -- cream cheese and cucumber pureed and tinted with green food coloring) with fruit, plus two baskets (between three people)  of fabulous homemade biscuits and hot water cornbread, I couldn't manage to eat a whole slice on my own! 
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 14:26:49 (permalink)
    rumaki-
    That brown sugar cream pie sounds incredible!  Do you happen to know if it is a regular item on their menu or just a special?
     
    lleechef-
    When you didn't answer my text, I should have called, so this was my fault.  Luckily, we will plenty of other chances to get together.  I really do hope you give Henry's another chance and hopefully they will come through.
     
    phlmaestro-
    Getting a second slice of pie sounds like a really good idea.  If possible, could you give us a report back and let us know how everything was?
     
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 15:03:27 (permalink)
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    Getting a second slice of pie sounds like a really good idea.  If possible, could you give us a report back and let us know how everything was?

     
    Sure thing. If all goes well, I'm starting that day at the Pamela's in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, then after stopping off at Henry's, we're moving on to Gray Bros. Cafeteria for dinner (and more pie) before arriving at our destination: Bloomington, IN. I'll post a report, hopefully with photos, when I return home.

    post edited by phlmaestro - 2012/04/03 15:05:48
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 15:19:43 (permalink)
    WOW!  What a great eating day that will be!
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 15:32:05 (permalink)
    Science Hill Inn has brown sugar cream pie on the menu every day! http://www.sciencehillinnky.com/Dessert-Menu.html 
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/03 16:54:46 (permalink)
    I'd try the Pineapple Creame only 'cause I've not seen that on menus before and Pecan pie 'cause that's my favorite next to a good apple pie.
    Depending where you're from, it's either called PEE-can or PAA-con Pie. How do you pronounce it?
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/14 13:12:58 (permalink)
    I made it to Henry's on Friday, April 6. Here is the somewhat smaller selection we had that afternoon:

     
    My wife and I shared slices of blackberry, coconut, and custard:
     

     
    The custard pie wasn't quite suited to my taste. My wife felt the same way. But the coconut pie was unquestionably the best I've had of that flavor and the blackberry pie had the most remarkable crust.
     
    The plan to hit Pamela's, Henry's, and Gray Bros. in the same day didn't quite pan out. We made it to Pamela's and Henry's, but there was an accident that resulted in 70 being closed down just west of Indy. We were stuck for hours and by the time we got out of the jam, we would have just made it to Gray Bros. before closing. So we put that off for later in the trip. I'll get a full trip report up at some point.
     
    When we did eventually get to Gray Bros. I got to try sugar cream pie and I loved it! 
     
     
     
    post edited by phlmaestro - 2012/04/14 14:58:44
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/16 14:20:59 (permalink)
    phlmaestro-
    Thanks so much for reporting back.  Those are some gorgeous pies!  The custard is one of the few I have not tried yet, so it doesn't look like I am missing anything.  Three pies for two people?  That is impressive!
     
    Too bad it didn't work out for Gray Brothers that day, but you made up for it later.  Never had their sugar cream, something I need to fix next time in Indy.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/16 22:08:21 (permalink)
    Buffetbuster,
    We later shared a slice of what was called "sugar cream" pie in Glendale, KY at a restaurant called the Whistle Stop. It must have been a Kentucky take on sugar cream pie, because it bore very little resemblance to the sugar cream pie I had in Indiana at Gray Bros. The Kentucky version had a denser filling and a strong cinnamon flavor. My wife compared it to pecan pie without the pecans. I enjoyed it more than she did, but I still preferred the Indiana version.
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    Re:Dilemma at Henry's 2012/04/16 22:21:06 (permalink)
    First sugar cream pie invades Ohio and now Kentucky.  What is this world coming to! 
     
    Cinnamon seems to show up in pies when you least expect it.  That happened to me several times in South Dakota last year in sour cream raisin pie.  Like you, I probably would have enjoyed it anyway.
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