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.