Pennsylvania Dutch Foods: 4 Restaurant Highlights in Lancaster, PA [Food & Drink]

Melissa Frost

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Lancaster County has a rich heritage and history and is often referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch Country. With this comes Pennsylvania dutch foods, a regional fare where the dishes are best known for their comfort food feel and use of local, seasonal produce, often sweet and sour combined.

If you're looking to try it out, here are four restaurants within the county dishing up Pennsylvania Dutch Foods:

Katie's Kitchen

Katie's Kitchen is an Amish-owned and operated family restaurant near Strasburg. They feature a spacious dining room with booth seating and a lunch counter, and also offer outdoor seating.

Katie's serves a wide variety of entrees, including several Pennsylvania Dutch favorites. You'll find old-fashioned country ham steak, pork & sauerkraut, chicken pot pie, and much more. For the sweet tooth, they also have plenty of homemade Amish desserts.

Address: 200 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA 17572

Shady Maple Smorgasboard

This cafeteria-style restaurant serves almost 1.5 million people every year and there is often a line to get in. According to its website, Shady Maple Smorgasboard prides itself on being the largest buffet in the country. The smorgasbord features 200 feet of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch foods, in addition to plenty of steaks, seafood, burgers, pizza, you name it.

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Since the humble start in 1962, when Henry Z. Martin and his wife originally started selling produce in a roadside stand in front of their home in East Earl - located under a large maple tree - they now have about 750 employees and visitors travel from afar to explore the buffet.

Address: Shady Maple Smorgasbord is located at 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA 17519

The BBQ Barn

The BBQ Barn features BBQ meals, housemade coleslaw and whoopie pies offered in a humble eatery on an Amish farm. Depending on the season, they also have apple cider milkshakes, peach milkshakes, meadow tea, and more local treats.

It's as authentic as it gets.

Address: 2395 Covered Bridge Dr, Lancaster, PA 17602

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord is a long-standing landmark serving great Pennsylvania Dutch home cooking at a smorgasbord or à la carte. Here, you can sample scratch-made dishes and classic recipes from their family buffet.

If you’re dining with the whole family, kids under the age of 12 get to eat at the unique Noah’s Ark Kids’ Buffet. Built by a local Amish craftsman, it features a kid-friendly selection of favorite foods for younger taste buds and, of course, lots of sweet desserts.

Address: 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, PA 17505

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