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Village Inn

107 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN - (574) 825-2043
Posted By Hans Baumann on 7/14/2011 3:07:00 PM
This was my second time at the Village Inn and it just keeps getting better. The food is pretty good, but the pies are just unbelievable. I remember being impressed with the pie, especially the old-fashioned/custard pie which seems to be a novelty outside of Amish country, but I don't remember it being this good. The custard is slightly eggy.

You can taste the slightest hint of each ingredient's provenance in all the food. I've begun to think that quality might be defined as "that which cannot be seen" and I think this applies to the baking here. You can just tell that these are farm-fresh eggs, that the fruit is locally sourced, that the milks and creams come from cattle who are eating good things. You can't make food this simple and have it any other way! There is a straightforwardness and honesty to the food that speaks to a confidence in the quality of the ingredients.

I had a slice of rhubarb custard pie, which was through the roof, and when I tried to order a full pie I was told they had no more. The owner offered to make me a no-bake pie instead. I was reluctant to accept because those can be so cloyingly sweet; I get serious corn syrup anxiety with these types of pies.

However, given how great everything else had been I ordered a whole raspberry cream pie. When it arrived I almost dropped it because it was so much heavier than I had assumed it would be. I had expected the other pies to be great, but this one was a revelation in the truest sense. No corn syrup, just fresh raspberries, some sugar, cream, and that amazing Village Inn crust. The cream was even slightly under-sweetened to allow the natural tang of the red raspberry to come through. Who bakes like that?

The format is so simple yet the result is undeniably complex because the being of each ingredient is allowed to come forth and present itself. Taste the terroir!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Old fashioned cream is a dense, rich custard pie made with heavy whipping cream. Delicious!
"Old fashioned cream is a dense, rich custard pie made with heavy whipping cream. Delicious!"
Cliff Strutz





Peanut butter pie would not be our first choice in an Amish restaurant, but with the terrific flaky crust and subtle pb flavor, this is still a fine slice of pie.
"Peanut butter pie would not be our first choice in an Amish restaurant, but with the terrific flaky crust and subtle pb flavor, this is still a fine slice of pie."
Cliff Strutz


When the young waitress read off the roster of available pies, three of the first four were ones we had never heard of before.  This Bob Andy pie is a custard pie, with cinnamon and cloves added.  Delicious!
"When the young waitress read off the roster of available pies, three of the first four were ones we had never heard of before. This Bob Andy pie is a custard pie, with cinnamon and cloves added. Delicious!"
Cliff Strutz


When the Village Inn uses the word fresh in the name of this pie, there aren't kidding. The peaches tasted like they were picked just an hour before.  This was a fantastic slice of pie!
"When the Village Inn uses the word fresh in the name of this pie, there aren't kidding. The peaches tasted like they were picked just an hour before. This was a fantastic slice of pie!"
Cliff Strutz


Expect odd, random coffee cups, most of which were given to Village Inn by loyal customers. Our loquacious waitress told us she tries to match up the cups to the personalities of the customers. We found this very amusing, despite the coffee cup we were given.
"Expect odd, random coffee cups, most of which were given to Village Inn by loyal customers. Our loquacious waitress told us she tries to match up the cups to the personalities of the customers. We found this very amusing, despite the coffee cup we were given."
Cliff Strutz


Next to the Village Inn, Gohn Brothers is a dry goods store that specializes in clothing for
"Next to the Village Inn, Gohn Brothers is a dry goods store that specializes in clothing for "The Plain People," i.e. pants with buttons instead of zippers, serious black hats, and sturdy work shoes."
Michael Stern


Although this photo was taken elsewhere, the neon sign perfectly expresses the value of the Village Inn.
"Although this photo was taken elsewhere, the neon sign perfectly expresses the value of the Village Inn."
Michael Stern



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