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Big Flavors at the Dinky Diner in Decatur City
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Big Flavors at the Dinky Diner in Decatur City

Do you ever crave comfort food, but lack the motivation to make it? After getting hitched and moving to southern Iowa with my sweetie, I was looking for a good joint that could help me out in my quest for calorie-rich comfort. The Dinky Diner in Decatur City caught my eye and beckoned me in a moment of weakness. Just a mile east of I-35 and settled right on the edge of town the Dinky Diner looks… well, just like a dinky diner. The restaurant serves up classic diner fare and phenomenal pie in a very small (9 booths to be exact) diner-like setting. 

After scouring the menu for the perfect dish to fill the hole in my stomach, I happily decided on a slice of meatloaf and a side of creamy macaroni and cheese. Just after placing my order, I noticed a nearby display case full of homemade pies. I took a mental note to save room for dessert.

My meal was suddenly set before me, piping hot and ready to devour. A hearty bite of meatloaf that had a touch of sweet glaze launched my taste buds into orbit. The creamy macaroni and cheese soothed my soul and reminded me that I had skipped my workout that morning. Suddenly, I heard a whisper that snapped me out of my cheesy noodle trance. The peanut butter pie that was lounging in the display case was calling my name and promising a life of happiness. Not to disappoint the pie or my heart, I quickly ordered a slice.

A tender crust filled to the brim with peanut butter filling and topped with meringue and peanut butter crumbles sent me into utopia and was the perfect ending to a belly-busting meal.

Longing for my yoga pants and couch, I paid my bill with cash (they don't take credit!) and waddled out to my car. If you’re like me and crave a delicious, stick-to-your-ribs, down-home meal every once in awhile, stop at the Dinky Diner. Enjoy the atmosphere. And the pie.  

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