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Aug 13, 2007 07:59 PM

need help with food suggestions in pa dutch country

My husband and my four children ages 6 4 4 and 4 are traveling from new york city to lancaster county on our first ever family vacation. We will be staying at willow valley(any comment or suggestion on that) and will be there 2 or 3 nights. We are willing to eat at restaurants, buffets, markets or pub food. We are looking for good food in any form but would like to try local cuisine of course. . Also any tips on where to find a good quilt for reasonable amount. Thank you for any help

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  1. Something fun to do for a large breakfast would be the Shady Maple Smorgasboard. It's great, hearty breakfast choices from omelet station, to french toast, to tasty meats (scrapple is a local fave). They offer lunch and dinner as well, but the breakfast is the way to go! They also have a gift shop.

    1. shady maple is 30-40 minutes from Willow Valley. Willow Valley has a perfectly acceptable breakfast buffet with omelet station.
      Save Shady Maple for lunch or dinner (although with 4 young children I'm not sure I'd want to endure the inevitable long lines at Shady Maple).

      Assuming your travels will take you to Strasburg Isaacs Deli (in the Choo Choo Barn complex) has a very nice childrens menu

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      1. re: brookquarry

        Didn't realize the distance - sorry about that! But Definitely try Isaac's Deli - they have great sandwiches!!

      2. We go to Lancaster County every October to visit with friends....basically Paradise PA.
        There are so many restaurants and family friendly places to eat. you really can't go wrong with anyone of them. Here's a link to a web site that lists many likely places in the area:

        As for the quilts, there are many outlets throughout the area but the best fun is the thrill of the chase.

        Have fun - it's a gorgeous part of a beautiful state, and it's interesting to see how the Amish and Mennonites survive amidst our modern culture.