10 Mennonite- and Amish-Style Restaurants that Promise to Impress: Part 1

Mennonite Community Cookbook is all about how to make dishes on your own, but we also know how fun it is to spend an evening with friends or family at a restaurant. This compilation of Mennonite- and Amish-style restaurants (which is, by no means, exhaustive) might give you some hints at restaurants that are cooking in the tradition of Mary Emma Showalter. Some of these were crowd-sourced through our various Facebook pages. Let us know your additions in the comments!


Das Dutchman Essenhaus

Where is it? Middlebury, IN

What do diners say about it? Jocelyn T. says on Yelp, “If you don’t get the noodles, you are missing out.”

What makes it famous? Cheesy potatoes, apple butter, the belove
d noodles, and the family-style dining option.

Want to try it on your own? Try the homestyle noodle recipe on page 124 of Mennonite Community Cookbook!


Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant

Where is it? Millbank, ON

What do diners say about it? Yelp reviewer Stephanie K. says, “Incredibly delicious baked goods and desserts, kind-hearted staff and servers and my favorite – the broasted chicken!”

What makes it famous? Many reviewers mention the famous broasted chicken as well as the collection of baked goods – especially the pies. It will be even more famous after it appears on Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” TV program.

Want to try it on your own? Mary Emma didn’t include a broasted chicken recipe in her collection, but you can find a roast chicken recipe on pages 98 and 99.


Yoder’s Restaurant

Where is it? Sarasota, FL

What do diners say about it? Meghan R. says on Yelp: “Delicious, filling comfort food with huge portions and great prices!”

What makes it famous? Customers seem most pleased with the peanut butter cream pie and the biscuits with sausage gravy. Yoder’s was also featured in the Travel Channel’s Chowdown Countdown of the top 101 places to eat in the USA!

Want to try it on your own? Mary Emma’s book can help you make your own biscuits – just check out pages 12 and 13.

Shady Maple

Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Where is it? East Earl, PA

What do diners say about it? Justyn W. describes his experience at Shady Maple on Yelp: “Basically any breakfast item that really matters was there and in large amounts.”

What makes it famous? The outlandishly extensive buffet is Shady Maple’s big draw. With tons of options to choose from, guests can find some Pennsylvania Dutch classics like mush, scrapple, and meat pudding.

Want to try it on your own? Macaroni and cheese is a sure find on most Mennonite/Amish buffets or in homes. Mary Emma lists one on page 122.


Keep your eye out for Part 2 of our list! And again, comment with suggestions or your own favorite restaurants in this genre.


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