The Great Idleberry Pie in Brigham City


The idleberry pie ranks as one of America’s great pies. It’s served deliciously warm at Idle Isle Cafe in Brigham City, Utah, a dessert specifically made for deliberately holding back on the main meal to make room for it. A la mode, with scoops of their intense vanilla ice cream, it serves henceforth as a reason to stop at the cafe every time I drive through the Salt Lake City area.

And what is idleberry exactly? Originally created as a combination of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, our waitress a few days ago said it is a mixture of blueberries and marionberries. If the recipe changed, it hasn’t missed a beat since I had it last six years ago.

The cafe is not a one pony show either. It has been dishing up comfort foods to locals daily ever since the Idle Cafe, originally opened in 1921 to sell ice cream and candy, became a full-service restaurant.

But, it’s their side orders that deserve special mention. Their homemade rolls, fresh out of the oven, are a yeasty masterpiece, especially slathered with butter and the cafe’s incomparable apricot jam. No one makes better rolls, period.

Idle Isle Cafe’s rolls

And think twice before skipping the french fries, which you might inadvisedly be tempted to do for any number of health-related reasons. They’re so perfectly made and addictive that it took all my will power not to polish them off to make room for THAT PIE. 

French fries

Idle Isle Cafe
24 S Main St
Brigham City, UT 84302
435.734.2468

Idle Isle Cafe (Brigham City, UT)


Idle Isle Cafe’s idleberry pie (a la mode)

Michael and Jane Stern’s 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late lists Idle Isle Cafe’s idleberry pie as one of them. Idleberry is a trade name of theirs and consists of a combination of blueberries, blackberries and boysenberries, a worthy competitor of Springdale’s bumbleberry pie. Located in Brigham City, the cafe also serves other scrumptious entrées. We had a very nice lunch here. The pan-fried mountain trout was very good, served with superb french fries. The rolls are homemade, very yeasty and chewy. Spread with butter and the cafe’s excellent apricot jam, the rolls were gone in no time. We ordered our idleberry pie a la mode, of course.

Pan-fried trout with fries

Homemade rolls with butter and apricot jam

 
Idle Isle Cafe
24 S Main St
Brigham City, UT 84302
435.734.2468