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elgordo Feb 23, 2007 08:58 AM

Thanks for all the recommendations for budget/vegetarian/good pubs in Philly. After a few days in the city we'll be visiting the Dutch County area (around Paradise/Bird-in-Hand). All I can find are places doing Smorgasbord! Any recommendations for decent restaurants/diners that will offer an alternative to this??

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    Greg P. Feb 23, 2007 12:35 PM

    You didn't specify what type of place you are looking for, but here are a few that I like:

    If you like Sushi, Blue Pacific in Lancaster is my fave.
    http://www.bluepacificrestaurant.com/

    If you like Thai, try Lemongrass on Rt 30, across from Rockvale Square Outlets.
    http://www.thailemongrass.com/map.htm

    If you are looking for more upscale dining, Doneckers in Ephrata often gets good reviews.
    http://www.doneckers.com/restaurant/restaurant.asp

    One of my favorite places in the area is Stoudt's Brewery on Rt. 272 in Adamstown. Stoudt's is well known as one of the better microbreweries on the east coast. They have both a formal dining room and a more casual pub area.
    http://www.stoudtsbeer.com/

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      armartin Feb 26, 2007 05:57 AM

      The smorgasbords are a truly Amish tourist experience, you may want to consider one of the family style, PA dutch cooking attractions: 'Good & Plenty' or 'Plain & Fancy.'

      http://www.800padutch.com/z/goodnplenty.htm
      http://plainandfancyfarm.com/

      The food is really down-home farm cooking, including buttered noodles and mushy vegetables. But, if you want to immerse yourself in the experience, it would be fun. And, no alcohol.

      On the other hand - being a hound - I HIGHLY recommend Doneckers, although it may be a drive. Another place that looks promising (I have not been since the change in managment) that is closer to the tourism location is the Netherland Inn and Spa Orange. Here's a link to their website: http://www.netherlandsinn.com/

      Enjoy your trip

      1. CindyJ Feb 26, 2007 06:00 AM

        On Rt. 30, in the heart of the outlet area, in the back of the cluster of restaurants that includes Applebees, Fudrucker's, Roadhouse, etc. is a place called Olive and Jasmine Asian Bistro that serves really good Asian fusion. People who have been left with impressions of the dingy, greasy burger joint that formerly occupied that space will be impressed to see the inside makeover. And a big plus -- the restaurant is BYO, which is not very common in that part of Lancaster.

        In that same area, there's an Italian restaurant, Italian Villa, that serves pretty good food.

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          CShum10 Dec 28, 2007 07:33 PM

          This place is wonderful and everyone going to the outlets or somewhere in vicinity of the area should stop by Asian Bistro. The food quality is superb. Yumm.....the Roti Canai, Malaysian Beef Satay, and their Jungle Roll are the most tasty and beautifully presented foods that I have came across. The staff is also very well trained to meet the demands of the customers and serving with quality service. The building itself is as interesting as their food, their design, furniture, and decorations help create a romantic and elegant atmosphere; including their restroom which surpasses any 5 stars hotel bathroom. All the luxurious things that you can in this incredible restaurant located in a small town like Lancaster is fascinating.

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          Karen K Feb 26, 2007 06:38 AM

          If you are even remotely interested in the smorgasbord option, you should go to Shady Maple in East Earl, PA. We lived in Lancaster for 11 years, and Shady Maple is head and shoulders above the rest, if you are interested in this sort of local fare.

          http://www.shady-maple.com/

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            elgordo Feb 26, 2007 07:04 AM

            Thanks for the recommendations. Changing my opinion about Smorgasbord - looks like I'm going to enjoy my 6 days of relaxation and chowing. Chjeers Gordon

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