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Dutch Kitchen

Route 61, Frackville, PA - (570) 874-3265
An extremely convenient place to eat along I-81 just south of the junction with I-80, the Dutch Kitchen is part-diner and part family-style restaurant decorated to the hilt with country crafts for sale. The menu ranges from bacon and eggs in the morning and hamburgers at lunch to such local specialties as homemade turkey pot pie (a kind of stew with big soft noodles), smoked pork chops, ham and cabbage casserole, and dessert of gooey-bottomed shoofly pie. The turkey dinner is especially delicious, made from daily-roasted turkeys, a mild bread “filling” (the regional term for stuffing), and genuine mashed potatoes. Don't forget to have some of the traditional "seven sweets and seven sours" available as side dishes.
69% Approval Rating (46 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Cream Chip Beef
turkey dinner

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We always assumed that the Dutch Kitchen got its name because it is somewhat near Pennsylvania Dutch Country. During our last visit, manager Tom Lekulic confided that when his father-in-law, John Morgan, moved the original dining car to this location, the move and ..."   [Read More]
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Rose Markoff
February 02, 2012
"I make many trips from upstate New York to Maryland to visit my grand kids. The Dutch Kitchen on Interstate 81 is my favorite spot to stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I am always pleased with my meal and plan my trips so I can stop there to eat. There is always a ..."   [Read More]
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Benny Hodkinson
July 10, 2009
"After reading about it in Roadfood, our family was super-excited to eat at the Dutch Kitchen. The cute retro-diner-outside with the kitschy mirrored interior really had us stoked, but things started to turn sour when the jukebox on our table ate our quarters, and it ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Shelley
February 03, 2008
"Our meal at Dutch Kitchen (which we didn't really enjoy) led us to a long discussion about what Roadfood is. There are plenty of restaurants in my town that I enjoy regularly (and are right off the parkway), but I would never say "If you're passing by exit 148 you ..."   [Read More]
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Jim Balcom
January 29, 2004
"I discovered this place in the very early spring of 2003 when I got forced off of I-81 because of heavy fog while traveling from Syracuse, NY to Alexandria, VA. I have since been back several times (and, this is about a 250 mile trip for me). I now route my trips ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

Route 61, Frackville, PA
(570) 874-3265

http://www.dutchkitchen.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
A frequent specialty of the house, this casserole contains big hunks of sweet pink ham, silky cabbage, and soft potatoes.  Talk about comfort food!
"A frequent specialty of the house, this casserole contains big hunks of sweet pink ham, silky cabbage, and soft potatoes. Talk about comfort food!"
Michael Stern





Ample and delicious, nicely seasoned and deep fried so its crisp and hot, but not greasy.  Potatoes and gravy were smooth, rich and comfort-good!
"Ample and delicious, nicely seasoned and deep fried so its crisp and hot, but not greasy. Potatoes and gravy were smooth, rich and comfort-good!"
Eileen Charbonneau


A hunk of corn bread comes alongside the casseroles.  It is moist, flavorful, and nearly as sweet as cake.
"A hunk of corn bread comes alongside the casseroles. It is moist, flavorful, and nearly as sweet as cake."
Michael Stern


The Dutch kitchen roasts whole turkeys every day for turkey dinner.  The slices are set atop homemade filling, and the mashed potatoes are REAL.
"The Dutch kitchen roasts whole turkeys every day for turkey dinner. The slices are set atop homemade filling, and the mashed potatoes are REAL."
Michael Stern


Twelve flavors of local creamery including coconut, Bordeaux cherry, peach, blue berry social, nitty paws and cotton candy.  A fresh, creamy delight!
"Twelve flavors of local creamery including coconut, Bordeaux cherry, peach, blue berry social, nitty paws and cotton candy. A fresh, creamy delight! "
Eileen Charbonneau


Cream Chip Beef over toast is the weekend breakfast special at Dutch Kitchen.
"Cream Chip Beef over toast is the weekend breakfast special at Dutch Kitchen."
Cliff Strutz


We tried several pies, the best of which was the sweet, sticky, homemade shoofly pie.
"We tried several pies, the best of which was the sweet, sticky, homemade shoofly pie."
Cliff Strutz


A single slice of scrapple is a large portion size, dwarfing the accompanying sausage patty.
"A single slice of scrapple is a large portion size, dwarfing the accompanying sausage patty."
Cliff Strutz


A big family dining room with tables has been added, but you can still eat at counter or in booths of the original dining car that was the Dutch Diner in 1971.
"A big family dining room with tables has been added, but you can still eat at counter or in booths of the original dining car that was the Dutch Diner in 1971."
Michael Stern


'Wilcom' says the sign heralding the Dutch Kitchen.
"'Wilcom' says the sign heralding the Dutch Kitchen."
Michael Stern


The Dutch kitchen started as a small diner, which is now almost completely enclosed by the larger restaurant and dining room.  For travelers along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania, it is a landmark.
"The Dutch kitchen started as a small diner, which is now almost completely enclosed by the larger restaurant and dining room. For travelers along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania, it is a landmark."
Michael Stern



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