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May 26, 2011 12:09 PM

gourmet amish-type food restaurant in Philly?

Hoping someone can help me recall the name of a restaurant I read about in a food magazine. It was described as a gourmet restaurant in Philly that sourced a lot of food/ideas from PA Dutch cooking. Maybe there was mention of homemade sausages too? I think the name may have been or had a capital letter as a main part of the name.

Sorry this is so vague but hopefully someone has some ideas? We're going to Lancaster County tomorrow, and I think the article also mentioned some good farms in that area. I really want to figure out what magazine it was in, but thought having the name of the restaurant would be a good place to start.


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    1. re: urbanfabric

      Thanks for the link urbanfabric, looks like an interesting place. Anyone been? I love the title of this post. Every time I click on Philly and see it and smile at the idea of gourmet Amish food. I don't mean any disrespect, I live on the cusp of Mennonite country and am only an hour away from Amish country and I know that they sometimes describe themselves as The Plain People.

      1. re: givemecarbs

        I am just howling at the idea of an Amish family eating skate wing.

        The menu sounds fine, although not particularly PA Dutch-style. The phrase "gourmet Amish" is a complete oxymoron. And don't think I am bashing the Amish...I could go for some good chicken and dumplings right this minute (athough I really can't stand scrapple).

        The whole nouveau comfort food thing can go way over the top.

        1. re: travelmad478

          Ah! A kindred spirit travelmad. i posted with some trepidation thinking I'd be misunderstood. Oh my! Now I need some pie!

          1. re: travelmad478

            I ate at MidAtlantic when they first opened. They concept isn't really Amish per se, it's... mid-Atlantic. Sure there is a lot of overlap but they don't give off an Amish vibe at all and don't claim to be gourmet Amish AFAIK. It's sort of like how Zahav is Israeli, it's taking the flavors and ingredients of the region and making modern dishes.

            The crab scrapple was good (more like a crabcake than scrapple), other dishes were poor to so-so. The menu was over-intellectualized and the service pretentious in my opinion and the execution off. Later reviews by Laban and Erace also complained about execution (I believe Erace described his salad as looking like it was dressed by Peter North). It's not cheap and in a bad location so I have no plans to go back, though I wouldn't turn down an opportunity to have a beer and some more crab scrapple if in that area.

            1. re: barryg

              Okay barryg that cracked me up crab scrapple. He he! Does sound good though. My friend John is mad for scrapple and crab cakes, I'll have to tell him about this.

              1. re: barryg

                That's a, uhm, very evocative way to describe a salad. quite funny, though.

              2. re: travelmad478

                Right on point, travelmad! Amish and gourmet is about as odd a combination of terms as one can imagine. Yes, most certainly an oxymoron. And I too am not bashing the Amish or PA Dutch cooking. I would list some items as my favorite comfort foods. Shoo-Fly Pie ( wet bottom), Chicken Pot Pie, Fresh Corn Pie, and yes scrapple with eggs too!

          2. gourmet amish sounds like an oxymoron....sort of like a vegetarian cheesesteak

            1. You missed the boat, Elise. The only attempt that I know of (or that came close) was Jim Coleman's at Normandy. His PA Dutch with "a gourmet flair" certainly presented some enigmatic fusions of bland and esoteric - and all for a hefty price. I don't think he went as far as offering Chef Yonni's Creamed Foie Gras on toast points or Grandma's Homemade Spaetzel with Truffles, but there were a few things that made "I didn't know you could do THAT in Pennsylvania!" come to mind. Shoo Fly Creme Brulee, anyone?

              To me, "gourmet" has always meant as fresh as possible, cooked to perfection and seasoned to intrigue. I don't think your PA Dutch family style eateries are going to be geared up for that. But, please get back with your findings. Have a safe trip.

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              1. re: Chefpaulo

                Agree with your definition of gourmet CP.

              2. Thanks for being my brain, urbanfabric, and everyone else for the great comments! We've lived around the Philly area for about 6 years now and have never been to Lancaster Cty. I'm excited to explore and try something new. Will report back.

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                1. re: elise626

                  Perhaps these comment may be of some value to you as you plan your trip to Lancaster Co. One man's opinion posted on the Pennsylvania thread under Amish Country.

                  Having had the occasion to host a few visits to Amish Country I can tell you that one of the most important things is setting the correct expectations. As mentioned by others here it is beautiful farm land being farmed in large part by Amish and Mennonites, plain people. Horse and buggies, quaint clothed people looking ever bit out of the 18 or 19th century. The food, PA,Dutch food that is prepared properly is fresh, honest, straight forward cooking. Mentioned here and on the Lancaster County Visitor sites one can find interesting attractions. The traffic on Rt.30 is very heavy in the spring and summer; but it is the other back roads which will provide a look into the real Lancaster Co. There is a auction in New Holland which is interesting and a real example of a farmer oriented event. The Green Dragon outside Ephrata has become a bit too much of a flea market over the years but can also be interesting. Check the visitor sites and avoid all the shopping as it is no different than anywhere else. The only exception might be Hamilton Watch as it was originally in Lancaster and although it is now owned by a Swiss company still produces great watches and replicas of early classics. There are some great country stores with PA Dutch goods and roadside Amish stands. . The Strasburg RR is interesting. Eats, well my favorite in the area is not really PA Dutch, just sort of a nice throwback on an old steakhouse, The Stockyard Inn in Lancaster. Lancaster Co. is a huge tourist draw, many love it and many who do are underwhelmed and that is exactly what they wanted when they came. Good luck, check the visitor sit