By Kevin Williams
Amish-owned restaurants are a rarity. That's just because the actual act of owning and running a restaurant would be counter to most Amish church rules. You'd need electricity, health department inspections, etc.. it's just not a business that has caught on a lot among the Amish. There are some Amish-owned eateries, though, and also some Mennonite ones. So when you find one, it's a real treasure. There are few better ways to experience a culture than through food.
There are other restaurants that are owned by Beachy Amish or people who were raised Amish and have since left the church but retain the culinary traditions.
I definitely have my list of "favorites" in terms of Plain-owned restaurants.
This is a plate of food from one of my favorites, can you guess where this is from? Scroll below for the answer.
If you guessed Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen in Mount Hope, Ohio, you'd be correct. It really is difficult to pick a favorite Amish or Amish-style restaurant. I rarely meet one I don't like, but Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen in Mount Hope tops my list. It's not a chain restaurant. The owner, Gloria Yoder (not The Amish Cook), still comes to the restaurant everyday, marveling at how her sleep eatery has become legendary far and wide. Just good, good stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Yum!