Hot!Lancaster and Hershey area

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familydok
Cheeseburger
2014/03/27 08:45:34
We haven't been to this area in 2-3 years.  Do you have any recommendations of "don't miss" places or don't waste your time locations?  We will be there for 5 days.  Thanks!
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 08:58:38
More or less in the Berk County area
Risser's Family Restaurant is a must.  It's my favoite Penn Dutch restaurant in the area.
 
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 09:03:57
The public market in downtown Lancaster is always a good stop for great food and products.  Mostly Amish.
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 09:10:14
Not food..but if you are a train buff at all, the Museum in Strasburg is a must
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 09:25:21
I haven't been (yet), but on the recommendations of someone who knows her stuff, I'd LOVE to definitely go to Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, Lancaster County.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 09:32:28
The great thing about Risser's
is that they don't offer buffets/smorgasbords, and they serve Authentic Penn Dutch Cuisine such as chicken and waffles, beef heart, schnitz und knepp and stuffed pigs stomach (they are all weekly specials)
most of the buffets in the area just serve generic "roast beef" or "chicken" or "ham"
all their pies are homemade - We had fresh peach pie last summer (Buffetbuster can vouch how good the pie is)
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 10:00:06
WJ, I see Risser's is open (for the morning, at least) on Sundays, and while I'm respectful of the ones who aren't at all, that's really a plus. Regarding smorgasbords, I have never done one out that way but wanted to just try it to see if I liked it. That would be the one I'd try (Shady Maple), on very good recommendations. We do like Jennie's Diner in Ronks - I really liked their fried chicken a lot!
post edited by harriet1954 - 2014/03/27 10:01:36
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 16:19:10
harriet1954

I haven't been (yet), but on the recommendations of someone who knows her stuff, I'd LOVE to definitely go to Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, Lancaster County.

Harriet, my family went there; I chose to go elsewhere.  They said that there was a vast array of very average food; great place to eat until you are stuffed, but nothing else good about the place.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 16:19:59
Thanks, Greymo, for the info. We're actually not planning on a trip out that way anytime soon, to be honest.
cementhead
Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 18:37:36
Sunnyside Bakery just north of Shady Maple on rt 897. Great donuts and sticky buns made by Amish. Only open Thursday - Saturday. They have a stand at Green Dragon Farm Market (open Fridays only),but I recommend the main location. Pies, bread and other baked goods are very good too.
Fireflite
Junior Burger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 20:17:39
Isaac's is a chain of shops in the Lancaster area with delicious hot sandwiches, pita pizzas and such. My favorite is the Twisted Chicken, a grilled chicken breast on fresh pretzel roll.  There is one downtown at 25 N Queen, and there is one is Strasburg just down the street from the RR museum and train station.
 
The Lancaster Brewing Co downtown has excellent food and a great craft beer selection.
 
We love the food at Dienner's Family Restaurant on Rt 30 near Paradise, but strangely they close at 6pm. If you're going by there it's worth stopping next door at Dutch Haven and picking up a shoo-fly pie. Kitchy building, fabulous pie.
 
There are a number of those smorgasbord places in the region that get a lot of hype, but I'm also a skeptic. The one's I've been to were nothing special.
 
Jenny's diner on Rt 30 is pretty good, but avoid the Gap diner further east in Gap, PA and the Cloister Restaurant in Ephrata.
hannahbannah
Junior Burger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/27 20:45:13
We try to get to Pa Dutch country every year on our way to Maine.  I like Millers Smorgasbord in Ronks.  Its more expensive then most other buffets, but far better.  Its very clean and the quality of the food is good.  I love their salad bar and homemade breads.  Everything tastes homemade to me.  The selection is not as extensive as Shady Maple.  Shady Maple (IMHO) is average.  Its a huge pig out belly busting kind of place.  Its like a giant Golden Corral.
  Don't miss Lapps Ice cream in New Holland.  The place is hard to find, but so worth it.  Its a real farm, so kids will love looking at the animals.
  The Amish make fab pastries.  I could live on their pies alone. Beware though, some of the places use canned fruit in their pies, so make sure you ask if the fruit is fresh.  Depends on the time of year you go.  We went to a farm 
stand that sold fresh fruits so I thought the pies would be made with the fresh fruit.  Nope, canned fruit.  I had to throw out the pies.
  Get those coupon books.  Almost everyplace has a coupon.  Enjoy, the area is beautiful.
brookquarry
Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/28 06:13:33
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
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 10:10:37
wanderingjew The great thing about Risser's
is that they don't offer buffets/smorgasbords, and they serve Authentic Penn Dutch Cuisine such as chicken and waffles, beef heart, schnitz und knepp and stuffed pigs stomach (they are all weekly specials)
most of the buffets in the area just serve generic "roast beef" or "chicken" or "ham"
all their pies are homemade - We had fresh peach pie last summer (Buffetbuster can vouch how good the pie is)

 
Diener's (a buffet for well over a decade, now) started out as that kind of place; my wife and I used to make sure that we had lunch there at least once ever trip. It's a great buffet, now, but we do kind of miss the older version; we'll have to try Risser's the next time we're there.
 
Bart
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 10:11:34
harriet1954 WJ, I see Risser's is open (for the morning, at least) on Sundays, and while I'm respectful of the ones who aren't at all, that's really a plus. Regarding smorgasbords, I have never done one out that way but wanted to just try it to see if I liked it. That would be the one I'd try (Shady Maple), on very good recommendations. We do like Jennie's Diner in Ronks - I really liked their fried chicken a lot!

Re: Shady Maple: Nice breakfast, kind of middle of the pack for lunch and dinner.
 
Bart
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 10:54:03
Let me echo the recommendation for Dienners on Rt. 30, near Paradise. It's the BEST buffet, and many mennonites cook ans serve. My fave, the barbecued lima beans. You must try this place!!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 10:59:54
Laso, Shady Maple is ostentatiously BIG...but the food is just so-so! Miller's is better...There Chocolate pecan pie alone is worth the trip...the peel your own shrimp is plentiful...homemade soups, carving stations,,,fancy salads...great!!!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 21:28:31
This thread was posted on two different forums...........not caught my moderators..........thus it is confusing.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 21:42:13
Kay  I don't know how to merge the two pieces of this one thread. The other piece is on the Where to eat in...? just above the trip report section.
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/29 23:40:47
Troegs brew pub in Hershey is worth a stop.
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/30 10:29:59
I go to quilt shows in Lancaster often and concur with what has been said about Dienners and Miller's as the better buffet-type places. Our group also liked Good 'n Plenty for a family-style dinner. Good deli sandwiches can be found at Stoltzfus' Meats in Intercourse PA and for a special dinner and atmosphere, the Revere Tavern is always a good choice.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/30 10:48:29
tcrouzer

  and for a special dinner and atmosphere, the Revere Tavern is always a good choice.

 
I totally agree.  The ambiance, service, and, most of all, the food is really great.  We are planning a trip there at end of summer.  {if summer ever comes.)
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/30 11:42:25
Forgot about the revere. Good addition
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/31 15:11:34
I'm going to have to make a vote against Miller's. I loved it as a teen, but last time I ate there, about a decade ago, the carved meats were chopped and formed, and the food had a pre-fab taste (except the baked goods).
 
Bart
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/03/31 16:16:30
Millers can be uneven
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/05 22:08:43
Well, we go there multiple times a year, and it's not as you describe it ten years ago!!!
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/05 22:15:34
I may be wrong but it was less than three months ago
Jim2903
Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/05 23:03:55
tcrouzer

I go to quilt shows in Lancaster often and concur with what has been said about Dienners and Miller's as the better buffet-type places. Our group also liked Good 'n Plenty for a family-style dinner. Good deli sandwiches can be found at Stoltzfus' Meats in Intercourse PA and for a special dinner and atmosphere, the Revere Tavern is always a good choice.

I'll cast another vote for Good 'n Plenty -- I've eaten there several times and always great food, especially the fried chicken.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/06 07:43:41
Phildelmar

I may be wrong but it was less than three months ago

Sorry...I was responding to bartl's post......I guess it's a matter of taste...Our go-to place is still Dienner's, but when we stay multiple days(often) we'll hit Miller's...as many described plentiful,variety and tasty......on the other hand I find Good & Plenty and Plain& Fancy, commercial and not what they were back in the 60's and 70's. I guess it's one's preference!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/06 07:49:40
Phildelmar

I may be wrong but it was less than three months ago

Sorry...I was referring to Bartl's post...We go to Miller's often...our go-to place is still Dienner's...but when we stay multiple days, we'll hit Miller's...good buffet....still quality(even though it's owned by Plain & Fancy(which ISN'T  as good as it once was--nor is Good&Plenty)...I guess it's a matter of taste....but our Amish friends DO EAT at Dienners!!!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/06 07:56:04
Sorry phildelmar, my comment was in response to bartl's post...we go to Miller's very often and find the food quality fine. Our go to place is still Dienner's and we have Amish friends who frequent that restaurant....but when we spend several days in Amish Country, we'll go to Miller's. I've found both Plain& Fancy and Good & Plenty(clones), not what they were 40 years ago(note however that Miller's is owned by the people at Plain& Fancy)
msmetz68
Junior Burger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/06 11:04:22
I live in Palmyra, 3 miles east of Hershey. Best place - hands down - for suishi is Wasabi Bistro on 422 between Hershey and Palmyra, excellent atmosphere for family and there is a separate bar area. Great staff and food! Hershey offers a Houlihans and Devon Seafood (same building on main drag); plus several small family Italian places (Google); Palmyra has a family restaurant at east end of main drag - Hometown as well as a Texas Roadhouse. On North Railroad St in Palmyra (north at the square) is a lovely family Italian restaurant - Lazzaros (bring your own wine). For a quick old diner type breakfast - Palmyra has the Filing Station on Main Street - can't be beat but old school. I would skip Funck on Main St Palmyra - though they just added a bar; the story is the service and food are downhill. There is also Ms Saigon again on east 422 between Hershey and Palmyra for excellent Vietnamese food in a unique round building. You won't leave the area unsatisfied. Couple of great diners in and around Lancaster/York area - again Google. Bon Appetite and welcome.
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/06 11:32:55
I like Palmyra and second your opinions. I also think a sidetrip to Troegs is a good option. And the Parkside in Hershey is good value.
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lancaster and Hershey area 2014/04/06 11:36:20
And don't miss the factory store for Lebanon bologna in Palmyra