The follow up to our earlier list of delicious-sounding Amish- or Mennonite-style restaurants is finally here! It is exciting to see the tradition of quality cooking reveal itself in a variety of ways in the Mennonite and Amish communities, from restaurants to cookbooks to family meals.
Which of these restaurants have you been to? Which restaurants did our list miss? Let us know in the comments!
Where is it? The Williamstown Farmers Market in Williamstown, NJ
What do diners say about it? Joy G. writes on Yelp, “The food is the fabulous and filling homestyle cooking you would expect from a Mennonite restaurant.”
What makes it famous? Corn fritters and Boston Cream Pie are two favorite dishes, according to reviews.
Want to try it on your own? Check out Mary Emma’s selection for a corn fritter recipe on pages 152-53 of her cookbook.
Where is it? Shipshewana, IN
What do diners say about it? One reviewer, Rate B., says on Yelp: “THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN EVER. No question, and I live in Chicago with plenty of competition for fried chicken” (original emphasis).
What makes it famous? Patrons love the homemade bread and apple butter, as well as chicken and noodles and the aforementioned fried chicken.
Want to try it on your own? Check out Mennonite Community Cookbook‘s fried chicken on page 94 to see how it compares!
Where is it? Versailles, MO
What do diners say about it? “Everything is made from scratch daily and cooked fresh to order… This is traditional Mennonite cooking at its finest,” says Yelper Venetia M.
What makes it famous? Reviewers rave about the baked goods, from cinnamon rolls to cherry pie to donuts.
Want to try it on your own? Check out the Mennonite Community Cookbook recipe for cinnamon rolls on pages 7-8.
Where is it? Five locations throughout IN and IL
What do diners say about it? In a Yelp review, Emily T. from Arlington, VA says, “I have found the best donuts in the world, and they are here at Rise ‘N Roll.”
What makes it famous? Donuts, donuts, donuts. Reviewers simply rave about them, especially the cinnamon caramel flavor.
Want to try it on your own? If you want to try your hand at donuts, you can find recipes for Fastnachts and Raised Doughnuts on page 24 of Mennonite Community Cookbook. MennoMedia’s Amish syndicated columnist Lovina Eicher recently featured a recipe called “Rise’n Roll Bars” which are kind of like the famous Rise’n Roll donuts, without the deep-fat frying.
Where is it? Columbiana, OH
What do diners say about it? Rick F. writes on a Trip Advisor review, “They are an authentic Amish restaurant and bakery. They serve everything from breakfast to dinner, the broiled haddock is my favorite.”
What makes it famous? The pies, vegetable stew, and mashed potatoes all come highly recommended.
Want to try it on your own? Mary Emma includes a whole chapter on pies and another on desserts for readers to try on their own.
Comments? We’d love to hear from you. Bridal shower and wedding season is coming up and this traditional cookbook makes a treasured gift! You can buy one or several here.
Ben Mast is a writing intern for MennoMedia and Herald Press. He studies English and Writing Studies at Eastern Mennonite University.