On a VERY cold January day, my son and I decided a day trip was the thing to do. Cabin fever had set in and we needed to get out of the house. We were both in the mood for some comfort food, so we headed Northeast from Indy to check out Winchester in Randolph County as we had heard that was the place for pie.
And was it ever!
The Wick’s Pie factory is located just outside of Winchester, IN and they make thousands of pies each day. This family business has been making delectable pies since 1934 (the first few years the pies were sold out of a truck!). Now you can buy them all over or have them shipped straight to your home.
We stopped in Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant for lunch, as it doesn’t only serve the famous Wick’s Pies, but also a full menu of delicious, homemade Indiana comfort food. After chowing down on a mushroom swiss and a pulled pork sandwich, we reviewed the menu to select the perfect pies. We learned from our server that the pies served in the restaurant are made fresh every day by one lady. She makes them each by hand, using fresh ingredients and ensuring that the quality is up to her standards.
Talk about some delicious pie. I enjoyed the blackberry and it was bursting with berries. With a slightly tart, slightly sweet flavor and a delicate homemade crust, it was amazing. Exactly what a fruit pie should be. My son picked the apple crumble a la mode and licked his plate clean. Yum!
After filling our bellies, we headed out to discover what else Randolph county had to offer. Winchester has a lovely courthouse with some very interesting memorials and monuments circling it. I was especially interested in the tank – you just don’t see that every day! The town had a few antique type shops, a couple of restaurants and a local theater. Not a big town for shopping, but a movie would have been nice if we’d had more time. We do love local movie theaters!
Just outside of Winchester is the Winchester Speedway. It is touted as the fasted 1/2 mile track in the US. Since it was January, there wasn’t any activity going on, but I imagine it would be a fun place to visit when it’s open for racing.
Farmland was another cute downtown we discovered in Randolph County. Much smaller than Winchester, it nonetheless had several nice antique stores and a fun little general store FULL of interesting candy. We picked up a few unusual kinds for the drive home.
Our afternoon was a definite success. Both of us agreed, that the next time we are visiting any of the surrounding counties, we will for sure take a detour to enjoy a slice of Wick’s Pie!
Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant, 100 Cherry St. Winchester, IN (765) 584-7437
Winchester Speedway, 2656 W State Road 32 (765) 584-9701
Farmland General Store, 113 N. Main St. Farmland, IN (765) 468-6472
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