Yesterday was spent taking a day trip into Ohio. I left home at 5:00AM and arrived a little after 8 at Peggy Sue's Steak & Ribs
in Walhonding for breakfast. I wrote about them earlier in this thread, as they are best known for their pies.
While looking over the menu, I took a few photos of key things on the menu. The waitress spied me doing this and exclaimed loudly, "You're taking photos of the menu!" Sheesh, if doing this got a reaction, wait until the pies show up!
This was my first visit for breakfast and will probably be the last, because it was not good. The biscuits and gravy were bland and didn't taste homemade, while the ham and cheese omelet was just okay.
No big deal, as this
was the main reason for the visit. It is always tough trying to decide when there are so many options, but they have the pies on display in their own separate room, so I got up to see what looked good. The custard pie caught my eye, as did a fresh peach pie, but the tall meringue on the coconut jumped out at me. The waitress walked and asked if she could cut me a slice and I immediately asked for that coconut. Only it wasn't coconut, but lemon meringue. Now there was a dilemma, because I don't think I have ever had a good lemon meringue. They always taste too sweet and artificial. I then asked if a great looking cream pie in another section of the case was coconut and she no, it was peanut butter. So that became choice #1. Now to decide between that custard and the fresh peach.
And I think this custard
was a wrong choice. Solid crust and a nice amount of cinnamon, but the custard filling needs to be firmer. Luckily the peanut butter,
with the subtle flavored and not too sweet filling, along with a great, buttery crust was a real winner!
There was some thought to visit Bush's Restaurant
in Logan, OH, which has been highly touted by Michael Hoffman
, but decided to save that for a day when we could dine there together.
Next stop was Bonnie's Home Cooking
in tiny Glouster. I drove through this town several years ago and on a hunch, stopped in. They did make their own pie and we grabbed a slice of chocolate cream to go, which turned out to be outstanding. The hope was to return someday and eat a full meal.
Walking in, the place was mostly empty and I could see a list of about a half dozen pies on the specials board. Not knowing if I should wait to be seated or not, I stood there for just a few seconds and saw a young waitress walking towards me. Greeting her with a hello, she looked at me and then walked right past me without saying a word. That's all I needed to know and the thoughts of her waiting on me was enough to turn around and leave.
Not off to a great start so far, but surely things will get better, right?