Lancaster County Home of All You Can Eat Restaurants

Not sure why the trend of Lancaster County is all you can eat styled restaurants from huge buffets to family style meals, but I’ll take it. Secretly, I am a huge buffet fan. My husband, on the other hand, is into the al carte styled menus. But since he couldn’t join us on this family trip, I had the chance to enjoy the restaurants I chose.

All You Can Eat Restaurants – Different Styles to Chose From

With only four days in the area, there are only so many restaurants one can visit. But they are not all the typical style buffets. Lancaster or Amish County is also known for the family styled restaurants. What is family style? That’s when you sit with other people at the same table enjoying a home cooked country meal. Normally, family style times begin for lunch and dinner. Buffet styled restaurants are also very common in the area and they are usually open from breakfast to dinner. One of the buffet styled restaurants we found while visiting Ronks, PA was Millers Smorgasbord. I’m usually pulled to restaurants with interesting backgrounds and this one sounded right up my alley. Millers Restaurant Lancaster Country PA Back in 1929 Anna Miller served chicken & waffles to truckers as her husband repaired their rigs. Entrance - Millers Restaurant Lancaster Country PA They pride themselves on preparing everything from scratch and getting their ingredients from local farms. Dinner Buffet - Millers Restaurant Lancaster Country PA

Traditional Amish Feast Served Family Style

Plain & Fancy is known as the original Amish Farm Feast styled restaurant, by the same owners as Millers Smorgasbord but they are family style sit down meals. Family Style dining - Plain and Fancy Restaurant Lancaster PA Chicken Pot Pie – we got to taste some of the most traditional Amish food such as chicken pot pie, which is more of a stewy soup like mixture than the regular pie form. Amish Style Chicken Pot Pie - Plain and Fancy Restaurant Lancaster PA Golden Buttered Noodles – I have never heard of this before, but it was so good. It seems they are noodles that are fried in butter and sugar. I don’t fully know, but they were absolutely delicious. Golden Butter Fried Noodles - Plain and Fancy Restaurant Lancaster PA Fried Chicken – what’s a country meal without the good ole fried chicken. Another one of my absolute favorites with tons of mashed potatoes and corn. Home Style Fried Chicken - Plain and Fancy Restaurant Lancaster PA

Interesting Facts About Plain & Fancy

  • Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer are the restaurant’s Amish neighbors who supply them with fresh: sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers and onions.

  • Their family has helped Plain & Fancy for over 50 years.

Information for Visiting Millers Smorgasbord 

Phone: 1-800-669-3568

Address: 2811 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) Ronks PA 17572

Prices: from $7 to $20

Information for Visiting Plain & Fancy

Address: 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340) Bird-in-Hand PA 17505

Phone: 1-800-669-3568

Hours: Lunch starts at 11:30

Price: $20 average

 

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3 Responses to Lancaster County Home of All You Can Eat Restaurants

  1. Sofia says:

    I know someone who can not eat without any chicken in the table. I think he’s going to enjoy this buffet as much as I would, and that golden buttered noodles looks so delicious!

  2. Looks delicious!! That’s great they use local food from the neighbors too! Thanks for sharing!
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