I've spent the past few days poking around Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio. Beyond the beautiful, bucolic scenery and roads crammed with buggies, there's the issue of meals. One's gotta eat even if they are working! Too many restaurants proclaiming Amish-style food offer uninspiring dishes that are more bland than bold. While Amish cooking is plain, it's not dull. Most restaurants don't get that. Not Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen. Rachel and I stumbled upon this wonderful restaurant while taking a drive through Mount Hope, where Amish seem to outnumber non-Amish. A quick check of Urbanspoon.com revealed excellent reviews (and I had heard people saying great things about the place on this site), so Rachel and I went in. An immediate good sign was the number of Amish people who were customers. If they think the food is good, that's enough for me.
This places offers an amazing array of the fabled 7 sweets and 7 sours (that's largely a media myth, by the way). The mashed potatoes are as fluffy as clouds and the noodles soaked with flavor. Honestly, the salad bar was probably my favorite, offering locally grown greens, a tomato salad bursting with flavor, and a macaroni salad that had me running back for more. The salad bar also had locally made perfectly crisp homemade pickles, red beets singing with flavor, and mustard eggs that actually tasted mustardy. This is a heartily heaping plate of our salad from the salad bar. After suffering through days of bland meals, this place was a manna from culinary heaven. More about my stay in wonderfully hospitable Holmes County in the days ahead.