Put me in for a memory flash of the ‘Syringa Cafe” on Rt 12 near Kooski, ID. As you climb the Lolo Pass east out of Lewiston, it sat beside the highway at the edge of the village. The Sterns commented about the PIE in the early edition of Roadfood. When I found myself working in Lewiston in 1986 I managed several weekend rides up the Pass to stop for a large glass of milk and at least two, and a couple of times THREE, pieces of some of the greatest pies I have ever enjoyed. They made a [style=”color: #800080;”]Blackberry[/style] that was a wonderful treat and a [style=”color: #ffcc00;”]Lemon[/style] that really made you ‘pucker’!!!
Yep, That first book was far more than a travel-guide for me !
I visited the Syringia in Kooskia on one of a couple of cross country meanders in the late 1970’s. Don’t recall being dazzled by the cooking (probably didn’t have the pie), but the location is on one of the great drives (or bike rides) in the country. Downhill thru a national forest for 75 miles, mostly next to a river, with no more than a quarter mile of straight road anyplace. Are they still around?