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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Peggy Sue's Diner
Last week was such a busy news week for my colleague, Geoff Fisk, and myself, that we didn’t have time to hit the town and spotlight a business.
So when I was assigned to cover the Silver Valley High School basketball playoff game on Saturday, I thought I would stop by the “world-famous” Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo.
But since Geoff wasn’t in town on Saturday, my fiancee, Luisa, came along with me to Peggy Sue’s.
As much as I love her company, it would have been better if Geoff would’ve come along, because I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have had to buy him an “I Love Lucy” coffee cup from Peggy Sue’s gift shop.
I hope Luisa doesn’t read this.
In all seriousness, if you are a fan of the 50s, Peggy Sue’s is a place you must visit. From the gift shop full of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop and “I Love Lucy” memorabilia to the life-size statue of Elvis inside the diner, you feel as if you’re in a scene from “Back to the Future.”
The little, or should I say, huge diner just off of Interstate 15, has been an attraction for tourists from all over the world, one of the diner’s managers, Sarah Loehr, said.
As Luisa and I awaited our food, Loehr came to our table and gave us a little history about Peggy Sue’s and talked about the many celebrities that have stopped by. Some of the celebrities that have visited the diner range from Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Huell Howser and Laurence Fishburne.
As we ordered our drinks, we read the menu that featured old-fashioned Coke flavors like vanilla, cherry and even chocolate Coke. I ordered a Mr. Pibb and Luisa had a vanilla Coke, which was a little too sweet for her taste. Then our friendly waitress asked if we would like to try any appetizers such as their deep-fried pickles. Luisa looked at me with those big brown eyes, and I had to say yes. Luisa loves pickles — deep-fried or raw. I can’t stand pickles, so she had a whole order to herself.
“These are the most amazing pickles I’ve ever had,” Luisa said with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen in five years of knowing her.
As we looked through the menu, it was hard to choose between the burgers and sandwiches named after celebrities from the 50s era. I had a difficult time deciding between a John Wayne or Ritchie Valens burger, so I ended up with the Mickey Mouse club sandwich with a side of curly fries.
Luisa also struggled with making up her mind, but eventually ordered the Audrey Hepburn turkey sandwich on sourdough bread — also with curly fries.
My sandwich was more than I bargained for. I had to literally smash the sandwich pieces together so I could fit it in my mouth. Once I took a bite, I knew I was eating the best club sandwich I’ve had in a long time. The club sandwich was so huge that I was unable to finish it. That’s rare for me.
Luisa, on the other hand, was so full from eating the pickles, dabbling at her salad and curly fries that she took about four bites of her sandwich. But the sandwich was just a run-of-the mill turkey sandwich, she said.
Which isn’t a bad thing, considering her taste buds were spoiled with the “most amazing deep-fired pickles” she’s ever had.
As we asked for a box to go, Loehr came to our table. To our delight, she said we could both order a slice of cream pie on the house.
After Loehr told us all their pies are made from scratch, I had room for a slice of pie all of a sudden. I knew I was going to eat a lot of pie because Luisa doesn’t really like pies. But after hearing the selections of pies, she ordered the banana split cream pie with a grin on her face. I ordered the peanut butter cream pie. I love peanut butter.
“I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best pie I’ve ever had in my life,” Luisa said.
I would have to agree with my fiancee. I was disappointed I ordered the peanut butter pie after trying Luisa’s banana split cream pie. That was such a good pie. There are so many different flavors going on between the banana cream, strawberry, chocolate and whipped cream.
Up until I tried Luisa’s pie, the peanut butter cream pie was the best pie I’ve ever had.
The prices were pocket-friendly, as our bill was about $32 and some change. I will certainly be coming back to Peggy Sue’s Diner.
In fact, I will be coming to try a pizza from Peggy Sue’s pizza parlor. I will also be back to the diner to interview Peggy Sue herself for a future “In the Spotlight.”
I will also return to try a chocolate Coke.