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May 19, 2007 02:28 PM

Brunch in or near Lancaster

Any places for brunch in the Lancaster area that you can recommend would be appreciated.


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  1. The Udder Choice
    1812 W Main St, Ephrata, PA
    (717) 733-4300

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    1. re: Joe MacBu

      I'm not sure exactly what distinguishes breakfast from brunch, other than the time of day, but while The Udder Choice is a swell place, I would definitely call it breakfast, as in eggs, pork products, pancakes, waffles, etc. Also, fabulous homemade pies and ice cream.

      1. re: Vladimir Estragon

        Point taken and good clarification.
        From my experience, they also call meals differently in Lancaster County, though the terminology may be similar to some places in the South.
        What they call dinner is what most consider to be lunch (eaten in the mid afternoon). They call the evening meal supper, and it's had relatively early in these parts. You'll have a hard time finding something good open past 8pm.
        So brunch might not be the proper term...perhaps "brinner"?

    2. Sunday brunch at the Palm Court at Willow Valley Resort in Lancaster is excellent.

      The Udder Choice is basically a sandwiches and ice cream-type of place with the worst service I've had in ages. Very busy, though, and the locals (Mennonites et al) seem to like it.

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      1. re: lee.

        Willow Valley is a good case in point for the breakfast/brunch division. They have both a breakfast buffet and and a Sunday brunch. The breakfast buffet is huge, including all of the typical things you'd expect (including the little annoyances, such as tiny little cups for the OJ). The meats are pretty good, you can wait on line for omelets to order (which beats the institutional scrambled eggs), and there are some local specialties, such as biscuits and gravy, grits, and scrapple. The baked goods are all made on premises and are outstanding. My only real complaint is the price, which is about $12 per person. Unless you eat a really big breakfast, you can get the same thing cooked to order for 6 or $7 at lots of other places.

        The Palm Court is a separate cafe/restaurant where they have brunch slightly later in the morning on Sundays. They have some breakfast items too, but they also have a shellfish bar, roast beef, pasta, and other dinner-like items. I've never had the brunch, and I'm not likely to, as it is even more expensive and I'm not a dinner-at-noon type of guy.

        Lancaster County is really more of a breakfast than a brunch place, by these definitions, but there are a few other brunches in town. The Olde Greenfield Inn has a Sat and Sun brunch with a good reputation. I've never eaten there; it looks upscale and expensive.

        Most of the big buffets have breakfasts, including Yoder's and Shady Maple. if you go for that sort of thing. Yoder's has an early bird buffet special for $4.29 on weekdays from 6-7AM