East Earl, PA

Did you Know Shady Maple Has A Military Discount Every Wednesday?

Melissa Frost

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Every Wednesday, year-round, veterans get 25% off at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster, PA. This goes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The business say on their website:

"We want to honor those that has served and continue to serve our country".

Few things show love and appreciation like good food, in this case, a giant buffet, and community. Veterans also get 10% off at their gift shop every Wednesday.

The discount is valid for military person only, and military ID must be presented.


Shady Maple, if you haven't been, is a local, at times overwhelming gem located in East Earl, about 30 minutes from the heart of Lancaster City. The cafeteria-style buffet features 200 feet of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, as well as modern dishes.

Depending on the day, they also have specials such as Delmonico & NY strip steaks on Mondays, hand-carved prime rib and beef brisket on Wednesdays, fried shrimp & crab cakes, as well as salmon on Saturdays.

Tourist attraction

Over time, Shady Maple has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in the county. Buses from New York City and the East Coast in general will bring their passengers to visit Pennsylvania Dutch Country and see the Amish farms, maybe do a horse and buggy ride. There's often a stop at Tanger Outlets to get good deals, and last but not least, a visit to Shady Maple. In fact, back in 2019, Shady Maple attracted about 1450 buses, motorcoach groups to the smorgasbord.

Address: 129 Toddy Dr, East Earl, PA 17519

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