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Nov 6, 2008 06:33 AM

Thanksgiving in Lancaster County

My partner and I decided to go to Lancaster County this year for Thanksgiving. Any recommendations on Amish-style buffet places that will be serving traditional dishes on Thanksgiving Day? We will be sightseeing in Lancaster and surrounding villages.

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  1. I kinda feel bad that you haven't gotten any replies. But, I gotta tell you, I doubt any self respecting chow hound would be able to recommend any of the "buffet places" based on food quality. If you really want to do it, and it is not all about finding great food, then just go to the Lancaster Co. tourist web site for links to the tourist spots and see which ones are open on Thanksgiving, I think Bird-in-Hand has a holiday meal. Since it is a secular holiday, true Amish don't celebrate it anyway.

    1. Don't know if they will be open - but the biggest and most popular place is Shady Maple.

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      1. re: Stevida

        I checked, not open. Bird-in-hand - open, reservations required. Miller's - don't know. Plain&Fancy - don't know.

      2. The one time we went out for Thanksgiving in Lancaster, we went to the Stockyard Inn, which is normally a pretty good restaurant. On Thanksgiving, though, it was a horror show. Cold, bad food, and literally the worst service I've ever experienced. Bird-in-Hand is nothing special, but it would probably be a good choice for Thanksgiving. They do a turkey dinner pretty much every night, and they do it reasonably well. I don't know what traditional Amish dishes you're thinking of, but their chicken corn soup is good and I like the ham balls.

        1. Last year my husband and I went out for Thanksgiving. We went to Willow Valley's Palm Court, and it was just superb. There were some traditional dutch dishes, and everything was presented beautifully. There were some higher end dishes that you don't normally see on a Thanksgiving buffet like giant chilled peel and eat shrimp, shark, carved roast beef and other yummy foods. The palm court is a lovely setting with giant live palms. Reservations are a must, and the price is about $30 per person. I can recommend this with out hesitation, and would go there again this year if I didn't have other plans with my family.