FTF suggests restaurants serving traditional “Pennsylvania Dutch” specialties, as well as other cuisines.
Many “family-style” restaurants offer traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, including such specialties as scrapple (fried pork), chow-chow (pickled vegetables) and shoo-fly (molasses) pie, made with fresh ingredients from local farms. Remember that most close by 8pm year-round, though some do stay open till 9pm in summer.
Stoltzfus Farm Restaurant
3716A E. Newport Road, Gordonville 17529
There is no printed menu at Stoltzfus Farm. Sit down and you are served all-you-can-eat quantities of homemade bread, applesauce, apple butter, chow-chow, sausage, fried chicken, ham loaf, buttered noodles, string beans, corn and sweet potatoes. Don’t forget to leave room for Shoo-fly pie. Closed between December through March.
The Amish Barn Restaurant
3029 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand 17505
Serves Pennsylvania Dutch favorites and American fare at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also offers a gift ship, petting zoo and the Teddy Bear Den, where customized bears and other stuffed animals are made.
Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant
2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand 17505
Traditional Pennsylvania Dutch buffets from Lancaster County recipes.
Lapp’s Family Restaurant
2270 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster 17602
Three fine meals served daily since 1948.
Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant
150 East Brook Road (Route 896), Smoketown 17576
Typical, authentic Pennsylvania Dutch meals served in a remodeled Dutch farmhouse.
Plain & Fancy Farm
3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand 17505
Lancaster’s first family-style restaurant serving “pass-the-platter” meals for 44 years.
2811 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks 17572
Run by the Miller family since 1929, serving American favorites and Lancaster County specialties.
Lee E. Brenner Dining Car on the Strasburg Railroad
Route 741 (Between Fairview Road and Paradise Lane) Starsburg, PA 17576
Enjoy a casual sandwich and salad type lunch each day, or a choice of a Traditional Train Dinner or a full Pennsylvania Dutch dinner aboard America’s only operating wooden dining car. Fixed prices (discounts for kids) include a 45-minute train ride, a hearty meal and live entertainment at night. Reservations required for dinner trains.
Other choices include several restaurants serving elegant dinners in historic buildings, mansions and hotels. Reservations are a good idea at the following:
402 N. Queen Street, Lancaster 17603
Serves international cuisine in a mansion dating from 1872.
Cameron Estate Inn
1855 Mansion Lane, Mount Joy 17552
Serves creative cuisine prepared by a French-trained chef, in two historic dining rooms in the 1805 mansion of Abraham Lincoln’s first secretary of war.
The Log Cabin
11 Lehoy Forest Drive, Leola 17450
Serves excellent steaks and seafood in a speakeasy dating from the 1920s.
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