Rileybrook is located somewhere in the hills and hollers of rural Franklin County. The proprietors, Tom and Rob, serve dinner on Saturdays and lunch during the week. There are no menus, so guests eat whatever is being served on that day. They serve by reservation only, and sometimes, the first person making a reservation has the opportunity to select the entree of the day.
On my mom's first trip to Rileybrook, many years ago, we were making our way slowly through the curves and across the creeks, as if we were lost (we were). Shortly, a pickup truck pulled up beside us, took one look at the passengers in the car, and said, "I'll bet you ladies are lookin' for Rileybrook Hall." Why yes, yes we are. How did you know? :)
My mom has been back many times since then for lunches and dinners with friends and family. Since her birthday fell on a Wednesday, and I knew they only serve dinner on Saturdays, I wasn't sure it would be an option for us to have the celebration at Rileybrook. However, when I called and inquired if it would be possible for a special birthday, Rob quickly answered, "For Jere' we will." Of course they will.
One of the resident peacocks, enjoying the view.
Indy Star, and several other publications over the years.
I didn't photograph every course, but Rob serves and describes the soup, then the salad, and serves a palate cleanser before the main course. Everything was delicious!
For dessert, they serve one of my favorites, bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Double yum!
Tom and Rob, our gracious hosts.
Jim, Susan, Jim, Jere', Michael, Jenny, Ted, and Cheryl.
It was a delicious meal, and fun to take Mom to a place she has enjoyed so much over the years.
This is the last stanza of the poem (mentioned in my previous post) that Ted wrote, to sum up the celebration:
You simply don't turn 80 all of the time.
So we brought you to this restaurant that you love through and through,
To wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY (wait for it)… 'tis true!
Happy 80th Birthday, Mom!
We love you!