I grew up in Lancaster County and we return there frequently
If you want a buffet, the one with the best overall quality aqt a reasonable price is Dienners. Closed Sunday of course. Shady Maple is not bad(and, for breakfast is actually pretty good, brecause they have made-while- you- wait omelet,pancake and waffle stations), but is exceptional only for its huge size.
Lapps Ice Cream(run by Old Order Mennonites)is definitely worthwhile not only for the setting, but also because the ice cream-made from their own Jersey cows milk is excellent, although the flavor selection is mostly the classics. Closed Sunday. They also have a stand at Kitchen Kettle Village, but it's worth it to go to the Farm.
For more adventuresome ice cream flavors, Carmen and Davids in downtown Lancaster is also excellent.
For traditional Pa Dutch, we like Oregon Dairy NE of Lancaster on Route 272. They have a small buffet, but you will do better to order from the menu. Many Pa Dutch dishes such as chicken pot pie, pork and sauerkraut,chicken and waffles, ham loaf, chicken corn soup. Still mostly a locals place.Open Sunday, but limited hours,and buffet only
Rissers, recommended by WJ is very good, but will be out of your way.
Isaacs. as mentioned, has good sandwiches and Soups. For a change of pace, Rachels Crepes in downtown Lancaster has very good savory and sweet crepes.
post edited by brookquarry - 2014/03/28 06:16:01