September 26, 2013 9:59 AM
My family is Pennsylvania "Dutch" and has mennonite roots. Even though I was raised in the south, several weeks every summer I would visit and stay with relatives in "Dutch" country Pennsylvania. Yoder's reminds me of being at my grandmother's and her delicious cooking. The country store reminds me of just being in Pennsylvania and brings back tons of memories. Awesome place and will always be one of my favorites.
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Yoder's is an experience, serving fantastic, simple, wonderful down-home cooking in a very comfortable restaurant that feels like a picnic. They are family-owned and family-staffed, by pleasant people who provide excellence service. My tea glass was never empty.
Choices on the line include chicken, pot roast, fish, and many more items, making decisions difficult. The desserts are divine: pudding, cakes, and pie, oh my! Luckily for my family of nine, on a recent visit, we could share all of the perfectly tempting desserts.
Prices are fantastic! After our delicious meal we walked over to their gift shop and purchased a hand-crafted gazebo. It's a constant reminder of the great experience and food that we had at Yoder's.
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I have been eating for several years at Yoder's in Montezuma, GA. I've been traveling from metro Washington, DC to attend the annual living history program at Andersonville NHP, GA.
This type of cooking makes me homesick, since I also go to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country quite a bit to ride the Strasburg Railroad. When I return later this year, I will also return to eat at Yoder's. The food and drink are excellent. The cafeteria atmosphere may rub some people the wrong way but that's okay with me. The food looks tempting in their serving trays. The waitstaff and management are very friendly. This is a tradition in waiting for anyone traveling through southwest-central Georgia. The only draw back is they aren't open on Sunday.
Yoder's forever !
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If you’re driving to Florida on the I-75 corridor through Georgia or going to visit the Andersonville National Historical Site, Yoder’s Deitsch Haus is a great place to eat.
It is a 13 mile drive west from the Interstate to get to Yoder’s, but the drive is along an uncongested country road past cotton fields and farms. It is a nice break from the monotony of interstate driving.
The restaurant is not in town, but it sits along the road in the middle of Mennonite farm country. It is cafeteria style and run by Mennonites, which adds to its appeal. The women wear head coverings and their clothing is simple and traditional.
Yoder's features country cooking: meat loaf, beef, fried chicken, ham, fish, pork on Tuesday, and country fried steak on Thursday. All the entrees are good and it seems everyone has a different favorite. But the country fried steak is delicious. It is very tender and can be cut with a fork. The beef and ham are shredded, not sliced. The servers are very accommodating about half servings, so you can get a half serving of beef and a half serving of ham for the same price as a whole serving of one item.
Side dishes include mashed potatoes or rice, and of course southern vegetables including tasty buttered corn kernels, turnip greens, fried okra, vegetable casserole, spiced apples which taste more like a dessert, and green beans. The vegetables are not normally cooked with meat, so any vegetarians in the family should be happy.
Only pies are served for dessert including shoofly, pecan, chocolate, and coconut.
Or take your dessert with you on the road from the small bakery on the side of Yoder’s, which sells cinnamon rolls, brownies with or without nuts, snickerdoodles, cakes, etc. There is also a gift shop in a separate building with jams, honey, quilts, crafts, and other county knick knacks.
It is very pleasant stop and well worth the small side trip off I-75.
Note: If you’re coming from the east, don’t get confused by the Yoder’s Country Market. This is a small country store. Go another two miles to get to the restaurant.
Note: On Wednesday, Yoder’s is open for lunch only. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.
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