Chocolate pie has a special meaning for me. I spent my summers and holidays visiting my grandparents in Huntsville, AL and the first thing I would do was to look for the chocolate pie in the fridge. My grandmother, Mimi, makes a darn good chocolate pie. However, her sister, Aunt Sadie, makes an even better pie. I think there is an ingredient Aunt Sadie leaves out, but no matter who’s pie ends up on the table, it is still so good.
My holiday memories include chocolate pie for dessert, chocolate pie for breakfast (makes for a great shopping experience), and chocolate pie until it runs out. As the family has grown, that means less pie for everyone. I have been known to set up camp near the fridge in the kitchen, to guard the last piece of chocolate pie until my stomach is ready for another slice.
There’s one other place on this planet where I can get a really good piece of chocolate pie: Lea’s Lunchroom in the rural area of central Louisiana. Anytime a family member passes near this area, we take that 15 minute detour off the interstate and hope that Lea’s is still open for the day and that there is a whole pie left in the cooler.
When I was pregnant with my oldest, my husband worked in Woodworth, LA, two exits down from Lecompte. Don’t you know I looked forward to my days off from the fire department in Baton Rouge to see my husband, and most importantly get some pie. Yes, I gained 40 pounds with that kid.
So I was so very excited when I was invited by my home state to take a tour off the beaten path and check out some unknown areas of Louisiana. The itinerary included a visit to Lea’s Lunchroom. That in itself sealed the deal. Here’s my visit to Lea’s Lunchroom in Lecompte, LA. If you find yourself out that way, be sure to venture off the interstate to entertain your tastebuds. Plus, chocolate makes people happy!