Local cafe receives name change to highlight its signature pies
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
Since 2009, foodies with a serious sweet tooth and an appreciation for comfort food have wallowed in the delicious eats at Rosebud’s Restaurant and Bakery.
This year, the local eatery has made a few significant enhancements — including a name change to Donna’s Pie House Café as well as some enticing new dishes.
The revamping occurred when owners Jim and Donna Benedict and their son Brian decided it was time for a slight transformation.
The family chose to rename the restaurant to Donna’s Pie House Cafe to feature what the cafe is best known for— more than 80 delicious pies that are baked fresh daily.
“I’ve had pie at a lot of places and a lot of times but Donna’s Pie House Café is numero uno,” Steve Silverman, Park Cities resident and frequent customer, said. “Even when I’m trying to watch my weight, the unique Pie Bites are a home run.”
Even though Donna’s Pie House Cafe is best known for its tasty desserts, the cafe serves more than just sweets.
The menu represents a selection of typical Café foods such as soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and egg and baked good dishes for breakfast.
The rather extensive menu contains a variation of classic food dishes as well as some original renditions of the meals, most of which are brand new on the menu since the restaurant’s name change.
The newest appetizers include homemade salsa with tortilla chips, feta guacamole with tortilla chips, and shrimp and crabcake bites served with either tartar or cocktail sauce.
The café also has multiple new entrée dishes that have made an appearance on the menu since the name change.
Both weighing in at 6 ounces of hamburger, the “grilled smokey chipotle slaw burger” and the “bacon ranch burger” contain a substantial amount of hearty ingredients to feed the very hungry.
The “grilled chipotle slaw burger” signifies exactly what this burger is made of.
Topped with cheddar cheese and cole slaw, it is enhanced with a smokey chipotle BBQ sauce to complete the savory taste.
The “bacon ranch burger” also adequately denotes it’s featured ingredients.
The burger is made with thick sliced bacon, lettuce, tomato and topped off with avocado ranch.
Other new entrees include the “grilled quarter pound hot dog,” consisting of a Hebrew National All Beef Kosher hot dog that can be accompanied by a choice of sauerkraut or cole slaw.
The “grilled Maryland shrimp and crabcake sandwich” also made its debut, and is comprised of four ounces of Maryland shrimp and crabcake.
The flavorful seafood dish is served with lettuce and tartar sauce.
Those who would rather order the seafood without the sandwich can simply opt for the “grilled Maryland shrimp and crabcake.”
Also joining the cafe’s selection of dishes is a variety of fresh salads.
The “chipotle BBQ chicken salad” is made with grilled chipotle BBQ chicken, red onion, feta cheese and fresh salsa and is served with avocado ranch.
The “tropical shrimp salad” is prepared with chilled shrimp, mandarin oranges, fresh pineapple, tomatoes, dried cherries and cucumber and is served with pineapple poppy seed dressing.
Also making an appearance is the “spinach salad with chicken salad tarts” which consists of cucumber and onion salad, tomatoes and blueberries and is served with two mini “pie tarts.”
The eatery’s more traditional additions include a grilled cheese with sliced tomato and onion and a classic cheeseburger and hot dog on the children’s menu.
And of course, Donna’s Pie House Cafe wouldn’t live up to its name if it didn’t have a separate and even more extensive menu for its scrumptious pies and “pie bites.”
The menu is organized by different categories of pies. The pies include cream, key lime, fruit, sundae, meringue, custard, Splenda, sour cream and nut.
Under each category, there is an assortment of specific flavors that diners can choose from.
Those who would rather sample a taste of sweetness than indulge in an entire pie can order “pie bites.”
These popular mini pies also come in a variety of flavors and can be purchased individually or by the number.
Donna’s Pie House Cafe is open for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays.
The restaurant is located at 5600 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 111. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The eatery is an ideal spot for a casual meal or a quick snack.
A word of advice — save room for dessert.