By Kevin Williams
Well, how about leaving all the cooking and dishes to someone else next week? Wow, I can sometimes see the merit to that. I mean, you actually get to visit with one another instead of having Mom pinned down by the cranberries and stuffing in the kitchen. No dishes. Just fully bellies and good conversation and, honestly, I'm, not so sure that the cost of eating out vs. in on Thanksgiving is that different. So if you are going to eat Thanksgiving supper out, why not do so with an Amish flair?
Most Amish-style restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving. Still, if you are near Yoder's Restaurant in Sarasota, consider ordering a pie...well, actually it is probably too late to order one now, but you could try. They turn out 7,000 pies in the days before Thanksgiving each year. Other dining options that use Amish recipes and probably some Amish cooks to prepare:
The Der Dutchman Amish-themed restaurants are all closed on Thanksgiving Day, but they do have a mighty good-sounding Thanksgiving carry-out that you can pick up the day before, see the whole menu here.
THE AMISH DOOR: Amish Door Restaurant Thanksgiving Buffet, Thursday, November 22; 10:30am-4pm *Adults $18.49 *Children 4-10yrs $10.79 *Children 0-3 FREE *Buffet Includes: Broasted Chicken, Ham, Turkey, Real Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Homemade Dressing, Noodles, Green Beans, Chicken & Beef Gravy, Cranberry Salad, Dinner Rolls, Salad Bar and Dessert Choice of Pumpkin Custard Pie, Apple Pie, Coconut Cream Pie or Pumpkin Roll *Sugar Free Pie will Be Available in Pumpkin or Apple *ONLY the Buffet will be Served Thanksgiving Day *Price does not include Tax and a 15% Gratuity will be added to each check *Coupons & Discounts will NOT be honored on Thanksgiving Day *1210 Winesburg St, US 62, Wilmot OH 44689, 1-888-264-7436 . Click here for more info.
AMISH ACRES: 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buffet dinner, adults $18.95, kids 4 to 11 $1.25 per year. Seating is first-come, first-served, 574-773-4188. Amish Acres carryout. Five-person meal $69.95, 10-person meal $109.95. Order online here or call 800-800-4942, ext. 201. Orders must be placed by 10 a.m. Monday. Pickup by Nov. 23 from 12 to 6 p.m.
BIRD-IN-HAND FAMILY RESTAURANT, 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike Dine-in options are sold out as is the buffet, but you can still order a meal to go from there, see:
Pick-up – Wed., Nov. 23 – 11 am-7 pm • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 – 11 am-4 pm