Not sure why the trend in Lancaster County is all-you-can-eat style 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 a la carte styled menus. But since he couldn’t join us on this family trip, I had the chance to enjoy the restaurants I chose. So I visited two Lancaster buffets restaurants with all you can eat style and here is my take on it
All You Can Eat Buffet Lancaster PA
Different Styles to Choose 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 family-style restaurants. What is family style? That’s when you sit with other people at the same table enjoying a home-cooked country meal. Typically, family-style times begin with 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.
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Plain & Fancy
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.
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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
Lancaster County Home of All You Can Eat Restaurants
2 thoughts on “Lancaster County Home of All You Can Eat Restaurants”
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!
Looks delicious!! That’s great they use local food from the neighbors too! Thanks for sharing!