Keith and I were coming home from our annual motorcycle trip (this time to Nashville and Memphis) and we stopped for lunch at the Park Restaurant in Rushville, Indiana. After being destroyed by fire in December 2009 the Rushville institution for over 100 years was rebuilt and we were both glad we stopped.
Our lunch order came from “the Melts” section of the menu (the turkey, bacon melt and the Texas melt) which we both enjoyed. The melts are essentially grilled cheese sandwiches with a bunch of different options for extras. Turkey and bacon make a nice compliment to a grilled cheese. Keith’s Texas melt had a hamburger patty. His only critic was that it was not spicy enough. Overall the lunch was average to good.
Where the meat of our story comes from is the dessert. We were almost ready to go (in fact our check was already on the table) when another waitress came by and asked if we were going to have pie for dessert. It was like a straight line from an old joke so I asked, “What kinds of pie do you have?”. She smiled and pointed to the whiteboard where there were over 20 different homemade pie flavours to choose from. I asked her what the two best sellers were and she did not even hesitate… the peanut butter and the butterscotch. Keith ordered the butterscotch and I had the peanut butter pie.
The only words I could get out of Keith was, “It’s delicious!”.
The peanut butter pie was equally delicious. It had a crumbly peanut butter layer (the texture of graham crackers) with pudding on top and finished with a meringue.
The waitress came by and asked if we were enjoying the pie. We both nodded but she was very taciturn about how it was made. The only clue she gave us was that the main filling was homemade butterscotch pudding with the butterscotch left out for the peanut butter pie.
If I am ever in Rushville, Indiana I am stopping there for lunch…and I am having several other kinds of pie.