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Jun 15, 2009 04:31 PM

Lancaster, PA help

I will be in Lancaster for an overnight and need some advice. I, like most tourists, want to eat some Penn-Dutch food, but I do not want a "tourist trap" nor a place that only has family-style dining (I prefer a la carte). I need a place for one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. Any other recommendations for my trip would be most appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. If you do a search on these boards, you'll find lots of similar threads w/ good ideas. My votes would be El Serrano's (Peruvian / Mexican food) or Fiorentino's (Italian; two locations; both good, but the airport location is a little more spacious). I've also been to Olive & Jasmine; if you're trapped by the outlets, it's much, much better than any of the surrounding chain choices.

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    1. re: spyturtle008

      Those are great suggestions for Lancaster, but the OP specifically asked for PA Dutch food. I live in Lancaster Co., I am PA Dutch, and the only place I consider close (barely) to mom's cooking is Country Table Restaurant in Mount Joy. It's off the beaten path from all the tourist stops, so I don't know if people traveling to that area consider it worth it. I can't compare it to the tourist spots because I don't go out of my way for that kind of food, if you know what I mean. But, it is a la carte and has a nice bakery attached.

      1. re: centralpadiner

        Thanks for the suggestion and for reading my request - I will check it out.

        1. re: centralpadiner

          Oops, my apologies. I somehow managed to scan right over that.

      2. Don't know if this helps but we went to Diener's (Deiner's?) for breakfast one morning near Bird-in-Hand. It was suggested to us by someone who works in the area. They had a buffet but you can also order off the menu. There is is P-D food (scrapple, baked oatmeal, corn pudding, apple butter,etc.) on the buffet but the other standards are there or made to order from the menu. Many of the people appeared to be locals. And there were no tour buses in the area. Food was very good imho, service was excellent, busy spot. There was also a farmer's market (indoor) , maybe in Intercourse?, that we grazed through for lunch. Very good fritters and donuts, And I'm Canadian and we know donuts.
        There was a snack bar, as well as individual vendors. Hope this helps you out a bit.

        1. Living in Lancaster County, I find most of the Penn-Dutch food places are "tourist traps". But Oregon Dairy might be an option for you. It is on Rt. 272, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz, PA 17543, 5 miles North of Lancaster. There is a restaurant that is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Monday through Saturday only, of course). They make a very good baked oatmeal. It is also attached to a decent independent grocery store and a homemade ice cream dairy barn. There are some farm animals on the property and a small playground for kids.

          S. Clyde Weaver has a nice cafe open until 7 in its store in East Pete. Although it is more a sandwich shop it has Lancaster County smoked meats and cheeses, fresh baked goods including grilled sticky buns which is a local specialty, and a variety of salads including Lancaster potato salad, cream slaw, and macaroni salad.

          1. My pick, especially for breakfast, would be The Lititz Family Cupboard. Lititz is about 7 miles north of Lancaster but this place is well worth the drive. Check the reviews in Google. The address is 12 W. Newport Road, on the north end of town. Don't miss the downtown either.

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            1. re: HarryT

              I just went to the Family Cupboard website and the place looks very much like a place that I used to go called the Amish Barn in Bird-in-Hand. Then, when I looked up "Lititz Family Cupboard" and found the place you mentioned. Are they related? I used to like the Amish Barn.