Book Hails Weidmann's Dessert

Billed as Mississippi's oldest restaurant, Weidmann's is steeped in tradition. Open since 1870, several famous people, both living and deceased, have stopped to dine there.

Now, the black-bottom pie has been recognized as the 'best in the world' by Peter Greenberg, the author of the book 'The Best Places for Everything'.

Greenberg spanned the globe, and the fact that little Weidmann's in Meridian, Mississippi, made the list is quite impressive, even to the owner.

"I thought it was an honor," said Charles Frazier. "I mean, a tremendous honor. Great for the restaurant and some great exposure for Meridian, Mississippi."

Frazier had to do some research to find out what the book was about.

"I received an e-mail from an intern that works for Peter Greenberg, and she was requesting a photograph of the black-bottom pie," Frazier said. "So, I did some research, found out what he was doing and that we were in his latest book, so I went ahead and ordered a copy."

The ironic thing is the black-bottom pie is not even the most ordered dessert at Weidmann's.

"It's probably the second," said Frazier. The most popular dessert is the lemon almond pie."

So what all is in this world famous pie?

"Oh that's a secret," said Frazier. "Well, it's got a ginger snap crust, which is a little bit unusual for a pie. We then do a layer of chocolate, almost custard that has some bourbon in it, a layer of meringue, whipped cream, and then chocolate shavings on top of that."

The next time you sit down to enjoy a black-bottom pie at Weidmann's, remember you are eating the 'best in the world'.