Head to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.. where to eat
My girlfriend and I are heading to the Pennsylvania Dutch country (not sure of home base) and I'm looking for recs both with the typical Dutch food (Shoofly Pie and such) and in general. Girlfriend does not do spicy very well. I've been to the area twice and both times were pretty far apart for me to remember anything outside of going to a Pretzel factory, an old train tour and Zinn's which is no longer there (I only remember this due to a photo with Amos). I know at one point we will be going to Hershey , maybe the Green Dragon, and I know we will do a Pretzel making tour (if anyone wnats to recommend what-to-dos as well that would help) unless you want to warn me of tourist traps. I realize this is a food only board, but we are above all a community that trusts one another to make recommendations. if you fear that your post will be wiped due to non food suggestions that is fine and I understand.
I also saw that food fest will be during our time of stay 26-31. Is that good?
Boothwyn PA, Boothwyn, PA
As for restaurants, just look over some of the more recent posts about the same area.
These are usually listed at the bottom of you post page. (see below)
For the pretzel stuff, that was probably the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz.
The downtown Lititz visitor site is
There are links for Sturgis and Wilbur Chocolate, plus all the shops on Broad & Main Streets. Nice town to visit, but not many dining choices.
In Lititz, Cafe Chocolate is a nice and unique spot for lunch.
In Hershey I like Devon Seafood Grill for finer dining, Isaac's for casual/deli, Fire Alley for a bar, and Hershey Pantry (if it weren't for the wait).
Can't help much on Eastern Lancaster Co. restos, but traveling from Hershey to Lancaster on Rt. 283 you can stop at Mount Joy and go to the Country Table Restaurant for authentic local eats - except for maybe shoo-fly pie, I don't remember them having that, not that I look . . . . why buy it out when your own mom makes the best in the world! ;)
801 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033
Fire Alley Restaurant & Bar
1144 Cocoa Ave, Hershey, PA 17033
Okay will do. I remember Miller's I think we went there when I was little. Typical buffet if I remember correctly. Of course we'd like a nice mix of nice and also eats that typify the dutch/german cuisine (like shoo fly pie). Stuff I won't get normally around the middle of NC.
Thanks for the replies. We are staying off Lincoln Hwy in Lancaster.
Lapp Valley still has their store on the farm off Mentzer Road, which is actually closer to New Holland. The ice cream is very good and the location scenic.
I don't know of anyplace that lets tourists milk cows. Your best bet in this regard would probably be to stay at one of the working farm Band B's- many allow guest to participate in farm activities.
In Strasburg, if you are going on the train ride, stay away from the food unless you are so famished you might faint. Bad bad bad. Get a bag of kettle corn to tide you over, then go someplace else. Issac's has good sandwiches, and is close by. Looks like they are in other Lancaster County locations as well.
The prices for the railroad seem a bit high for the out and back trip and so I wouldn't buy the food anyways. I don't recall them having people pay to mess around with the push and pull cart, but I guess those are the changes of the time.
Can anyone help me out with the next question. This may be more in the Poconos than the area I'm thinking of... but when I went to the area when I was oh.. maybe 7 or so.. I remember going to a village with a grist mill and also a store that had a bunch of old RCA Victor items on display or for sale. I remember the mill being a grey stone type building and I think I remember a blacksmith as well. Sound familiar to anyone?
am i mistaken that strasburg is not far from delaware water gap? you might find some interesting places to munch around there; i seem to recall a family run place right off the highway that sold beatiful homemade fruit pies; if you're going east on 80 the exit is to the right and the pie place is on the left as you come into "town"; also a "middling" diner near-by
Not so much a where to eat response, but the highlights of our "Food Geeks' Tour of Lancaster County" were the Waltz Vineyards in Manhein - particularly the blended red and the rose:
September Farms Dairy in Honey Brook - the Aged Cheddar was outstanding:
Lancaster Brewing Company - love that Milk Stout:
And, although I'm not quite sure if it's technically in Lancaster, is my favorite food-related spot in Central Pennsylvania - Stoudt's Brewery and the adjacent Black Angus restaurant, in Adamstown. They have a focus on local ingredients, fantastic beef, and is quite frankly one of the greatest places to try assorted food and beer pairings I've ever found.
Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Neither I nor my girlfriend really do any drinking but may check out LBC for the food.
As for dining, here is a rundown from other resources we've looked through as to places to eat.. If you have experiences or have heard local things about any please share..
Good and Plenty (which sounds like the Mike and Ike candies)
Plain and Fancy
Non Smorgasbord (i.e. everything else)
Dan's (which I believe is in Reading)
Lily's On Main
The Restaurant at Doneckers
The Kling House (at Ketlle Village)
Blue Pacific Sushi
Olde Greenfield Inn
Olive and Jasmine
The Watering Trough
905 W Main St, Mount Joy, PA 17552
402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Lemon Grass Cafe
124 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
1147 Lititz Pike Ste 1, Lancaster, PA 17601
Lily's On Main
124 E Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522
Stoltzfus Farm Restaurant
RR 772, Intercourse, PA 17534
38 N Christian St Ste 100, Lancaster, PA 17602
The Family Cupboard Restaurant
3029 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird In Hand, PA 17505
Kling House Restaurant
3575 W Newport Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
214 N Marshall St, Lancaster, PA 17602
, Ephrata, PA 17522
1987 State St, East Petersburg, PA 17520
Donecker's is closed, as is Doc Holidays'. The only other thing I can say is that your "everything else" list is really spread out geographically, and depending on where you are going to be, many of them are not worth a drive. It is also all over the place as far as style and price, so we could easily help you narrow it down if you let us know a little more of what you are looking for and where your non-food related travels will be taking you, budget, etc. It also seems to be a bit of an outdated list, so I'm not sure where you got it. Rice and Noodles is the hands-down best Vietnamese in Lancaster, if that is something you are specifically interested in.
, Ephrata, PA 17522
Well we will be staying in Lancaster. We are going to travel to Lititz, Ephrata, Hershey, and Intercourse at points during our stay. Our budget.. eh not too expensive. We may snack during lunchtimes and save most of our dining money for dinner. We would probably do between 15 and 30/person for an entree. The list was compiled via the most recent Frommers and AAA books. I knew it was going to be all over the place. I slacked off in the organizing department.
I always try to sample the local wares first and then if there are just good representations of other foods, we'll go that route. Does Rice and Noodles make Bahn Mi?
Yes, Rice and Noodles has bahn mi.... yummm... http://www.riceandnoodlesrestaurant.com/
It is located just north of Lancaster City.
In Ephrata, Lily's is probably your best bet now that Donecker's is gone. There is also an Isaac's located in a shopping center on Rt. 272 near the hospital. That is a deli, so good for casual eats.
In fact, Isaac's is a regional chain located in or near many of the places you are visiting, so it could be an option on multiple occasions.
In Lititz, I already mentioned Cafe Chocolate as an option downtown. I think I'd avoid the General Sutter. It pains me to say that because when we lived in town it was a great place to eat, but I have heard nothing but bad since we left. You can get PA Dutch eats north of town at The LItitz Family Cupboard. I have no idea if it is connected to the other Family Cupboard, but I always enjoyed it when in the mood for that sort of thing.
There is also an Italian place up there - Cappricio's (there is a sit-down side, and a pizza take-out side, go to the sit down side). One problem may be that they recently opened up another restaurant and may be stretched a bit. My mother told me that something seemed a bit off the last time she was there. South of town is a pan-asian rest. I enjoy, called Mojo Asian cuisine. I enjoy their sushi rolls, but they also have Thai and the standard Chinese restaurant stuff. They are owned by the same people that own Cafe East in Centreville, so the menu is similar, but with the different sushi chefs, the special rolls are not the same.
There is also a Fiorentino's location south of Lititz - actually located inside the Lancaster Airport. We enjoy Fiorentino's very much for your standard Italian fare. Both locale's are good.
I think I already posted a list for Hershey. The Chocolate Ave. Grill is a popular place right downtown that I haven't been to. I still think a stop in Mount Joy if you want PA Dutch - you won't find any in Hershey.
In downtown Lancaster, the options are so many and so varied, it really depends on your mood. I can't think of any place to get good PA Dutch food. I tend to go for ethnic, "special night out" or "bar scene with friends" while downtown.
As for your list, aside from the one's I already mentioned as closed, I would avoid:
Blue Pacific Sushi (you can get better and while I am usually forgiving of bad health inspections . . . not with sushi places
1764 (this is the official name of the rest. at General Sutter Inn in Lititz)
The Catacombs (another place my husband and I used to frequent that has nose-dived in recent years)
The Watering Trough (you couldn't actually pay me to eat the food here)
Nothing wrong with Haydn Zug's (probably a little pricey and fancy for what you want) or Symposium, but I don't see you getting to those areas and they aren't so spectacular that you need to leave Lancaster for them.
905 W Main St, Mount Joy, PA 17552
594 Centerville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
Family Cupboard Restaurant
PO Box 556, Intercourse, PA 17534
, Ephrata, PA 17522
1987 State St, East Petersburg, PA 17520
Thanks I use the boards to cross reference what the tourbooks say as they are geared to tourists (which we are), but necessarily towards tourist who want to eat well or eat where the locals would know better. I believe we'll get some PA Dutch food in their either by way of markets, the place in Mount Joy or smorgasbord/family style dining. Just depends.
Thanks again. If anyone else has suggestions, in general, doesn't have to be Lancaster but in the Amish country region feel free.
Forget the buffets unless you're really big eaters or you have finicky children. The food is rarely better than okay and they are not a bargain anymore. So-called PA Dutch places like Good & Plenty are tourist joints. Some of them make you sit at big common tables, so you can socialize with whatever strangers just got off the bus. Not for me. If you want local flavor, you should definitely hit the Lancaster Central Market, though it's only open two or three days a week and you have to go early. Cucina Mexicana, Spyro Gyro, and Rice & Noodles are all decent, inexpensive ethnic places in or near downtown.
Rice & Noodles Restaurant
1238 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
For the Lititz area:
The Sutter recently opened a new British Pub, The Bull's Head.
Nice place to enjoy lunch or casual dinner.
It's located on Main Street, with it's own separate entrance.
Has a traditional pub menu.
Nearby, about 5 miles SW of Lititz, is a new small development,
Richmond Square. It has two very good restaurants.
Ciro's is Italian, great brick oven pizzas!
Coerulea is Asian cuisine & Sushi, also very good.
And the Fiorentinos at the airport is decent too.
In downtown Lititz,
Glassmyer's is great for a inexpensive, traditional breakfast or lunch.
I'd strongly suggest avoiding Choc. Cafe.
Very expensive for tasteless microwaved meals.
23 N Broad St, Lititz, PA 17543
So I think where we are going is Lititz, Ephrata, Hershey, Intercourse, and Strasburg.
We want to do a buggy ride but aren't sure which companies are better than others. We will go to a Barnstormer's game and probably hit up Wheatland. Out of those areas and thigns that tourists may think about doing and seeing.. What would you suggest against and what would you suggest that might not have been thought of? We are also thinking about doing one of the covered bridge tours and hitting up Flavorfest.
Yes to Bull's Head in Lititz. We found it after driving around the county for hours in the snow, finding everything else closed for the winter. We hoped for Sutter's Inn (next door) but found it also closed mid-afternoon between the lunch and dinner slots. Bull's Head can get hectic with no waitstaff but we rode it out seated at the bar and were rewarded with several truly good draft beers and a late lunch of scotch eggs and steak pie. Not exactly the PA Dutch we were looking for but satisfying just the same.
It sounds like you have lots of great ideas, but I am surprised no one mentioned John J. Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. I ate there about a month ago and it's one of the best meals I've had in a long time. They use mostly local ingredients from area farms, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxing but classy. I'd highly recommend it for a nice dinner out. Enjoy your trip!
I think we have listed that as one place to dine. Well I think we want a sample of the region and one of those things will be traditional Dutch Country food. I only definitely remember Shoo Fly Pie. I mean I'm coming from the South and so some things may not seem different (like hams or corn soup). We may pick up some dutch treats just grazing at the markets.
Other Italian options could be Rosa Rosa - very popular, but to be honest not my favorite, it is very close to John J.'s. Mazzi is very upscale and in Leola if you don't want to go into Lancaster City (I don't recall where you are staying). If location is not important, I would probably choose Fiorentino's - Columbia Ave. location over Airport location.
Rosa Rosa Cafe & Bar
1040 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
So here is where we ate/grazed if I can remember the order...
Lapp Valley Farm (fun and tasty)
Samples at Kitchen Kettle Village
Iron Hill (Good but a bit loud)
Samples at Sturgis Pretzel Factory
Samples at Wilbur (though I wouldn't waste time with the "tour")
Glassmeyer (nice and slow paced and cheap)
Cupcakes in Lititz (Rachel's)
Fiorentino's (left much to be desired)
Carmen & David's (yummy!)
Whoopie Pies, Pretzels, and Dried Fruit at Green Dragon
John J. Jefferies (hip and delicious)
Flavorfest snacks (Mostly different types of sauces to sample.. I hope this becomes something better... It was more or less wine)
Snacks at townsquare in Strasburg and singerle cookies
Rachel's Cafe and Creperie for dinner
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Dumpling from Green Dragon for dessert.
Snacks and light lunch in Hershey
Choc. Ave Grill was closed and What If looked too expensive... forgot about Devon Seafood...
Ate at Friendly's in Lancaster as it was open late and closer than Olive Garden.
Thank you for your help and suggestions.
83 E City Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Kitchen Kettle Village
RR 340, Intercourse, PA 17534
What If Cafe
845 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033