Grab a slice: Key lime pie at the Rainier Room and Edison City Diner

Staff writerApril 2, 2014 

The key lime pie at the Rainier Room, a restaurant managed by the culinary arts students at Clover Park Technical College.

SUE KIDD — Staff writer

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the house-brined corned beef at the Rainier Room, the fine dining restaurant managed by the culinary arts students at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. Today, I sing the praises for their pie. Key lime pie. Know who else makes great key lime pie? Edison City Diner on South Tacoma Way. Read on.

The Clover Park key lime pie tasted creamy, made from a base of sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice. The pie was a puckery intersection of sweet and sour, topped with an extra dose of cream, whipped extra stiff. Key lime pie can be tricky – too much lime can turn it sour, too little can mean a trip to dullsville. An extra grating of lime zest helped push that flavor along. At the base was a buttery graham cracker crust. The generous slice was $3.

Much of the menu at the Rainier Room is bargain priced – lunch won’t run you more than $10. I delved into smoked sea scallops with a spicy hollandaise and snappy asparagus for $9. That’s a third of what you’ll pay at most seafood restaurants in town. The menu changes every quarter and fresh sheets change more often than that. Book lunch at the Rainier Room, served Wednesday-Friday only, here. Warning: The school isn’t booking reservations until April 9.

The key lime pie here was prepared by the culinary arts students, but if you have not yet explored the sweets prepared by the pastry arts students at Clover Park, you need to fix that. When school is in session the patisserie Bon Sucre Bistro operates from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at the school in Building 23. More information on Bon Sucre here.

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