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. Back in 1929 Anna Miller served chicken & waffles to truckers as her husband repaired their rigs. They pride themselves on preparing everything from scratch and getting their ingredients from local farms.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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
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
Hours: Lunch starts at 11:30
Price: $20 average