Russ’ Dinor

   October 31, 2012 11:16 am

 

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For the last 72 years, Russ’ Dinor has been serving delicious food to Wesleyville and the surrounding area. At 2902 Buffalo Road, this small diner offers breakfast, lunch, and some incredible desserts. I stopped by after work last night because they close at six during the week and I wanted to make sure I got some pie. There were a few regulars enjoying their last few bites before closing time. While I waited for my pie, one of the patrons told me how she wrote “Russ – 1940″ in the sidewalk right after the owners had it poured when the diner opened and she’s been coming here ever since. The server who waited on me, Jeanne, has been part of the Russ’ Dinor family for 21 years and was eager to answer my questions. She informed me that the owner bakes all of the pies from scratch and the variety that they serve changes almost daily. They had four different pies to offer so I ordered a slice of each.

After dinner, Amanda and I started on the pie. First we tried the raspberry. This was a double crust pie that was overflowing with raspberry filling. The crust was light and flaky with lots of buttery layers. The top was sprinkled with coarse sugar crystals which give it just a bit of texture as well as the right amount of sweetness. Raspberry pie is my favorite fruit pie and this one was no exception. The raspberries were sweet, but still had a hint of tartness. They still had some body to them even though they were macerated with sugar. Some people don’t like the seeds from the berries, but the crunch is one of my favorite parts.

Next was the apple cheese pie. When Jeanne told me about this pie, for some reason my mind immediately went to cheddar cheese (which is actually delicious paired with apples). When it came time to eat it, I was surprised to see that it was a cheesecake-esque layer under the apple filling, like what’s found in a cheese danish. The apples still had a ton of crunch and were really fresh. The topping was an oatmeal crumb topping that was buttery and crunchy. The cheesecake layer was mild, but still had that delicious cheesecake flavor. It wasn’t as creamy as a normal cheesecake, but that helped mellow the sweetness of the apples and the topping. The crust was the same as the first. This was the first of its kind that I have had and it was excellent.

The third pie was what Jeanne called the Medley Pie. It was a double crust filled with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, apple, and rhubarb. The combination of berries really added depth to the pie. Like the raspberry pie, they were all still on the tart side. The rhubarb added a little of that too, but mixed with the apple, it balanced out the flavors. They also held their crunch through the baking which was fantastic. The sugar crystal coated crust added more sweetness as well as texture.

Finally was a slice of Pumpkin Pie. The pumpkin filling was velvety and smooth. There was a bit too much nutmeg in it for our taste, but I thought the streusel topping helped cut it. The topping was sweet and nutty and packed with flavor. This was the largest slice of pie we got. It was close to two and a half inches thick and very dense. Out of all the pies, it was my least favorite, but it was still a good dessert.

Thank you to Jeanne and everyone else at Russ’ Dinor. I will be back for again for pie as well as the rest of the food. The diner is open Tuesday through Friday from 7am – 6pm and Saturday from 7am – 1pm. They are closed Sunday and Monday. The phone number is (814) 898-2750.

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Andrew — Beard vs. Food

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