By Kevin Williams
There are not many actual Amish-owned restaurants. There are a few, mainly owned by Beachy Amish Mennonites. There is an actual Old Order Amish-owned coffee shop in Arthur, Illinois, but I have not been to that one, so it did not make my list.
A good sign of authenticity, I think, is how many actual Amish people you see as customers. For instance, my wife and I recently went to lunch at a small Indian restaurant in Dayton, Ohio. It was packed with Indian diners, a fact, I remarked, boded well for a good meal. I use the same rule at Amish restaurants. If Amish people are there eating then it probably "tastes like home."
SIGH, one Amish restaurant I was so bummed that I didn't get to sample is in Rexford, Montana, tucked away in the back of the Kootenai General Store, 72717 W Kootenai Rd,Rexford, MT. When I was there in Rexford, the restaurant was closed while the owners were out of town. What a bummer! Here is how a lucky Yelp reviewer described her experience there:
Oh my gosh where do I begin??? When visiting in Montana in the Northwestern part this a must visit Friday night buffet.
Actually this is a Amish owned general store that serves a Friday night buffet and Saturday morning buffet. And weekday hamburgers. But we've only so far had the Friday night buffet. So let me tell you..........
First off you have to travel up through beautiful country to get there across the Koocanusa Lake then up the Yak Valley, Once there you go into the store and you are directed into the back where there is a buffet set up.
A salad bar then the first time we visited it was meatloaf, baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, homemade bread, two kinds of pie and beverages all you can eat.
SIGH, I was so, so close to what sounds like Amish food heaven! I would imagine the odds of me making it to that remote corner of Montana again are fairly slim. Still, one never says never. But the five places listed below are awesome in their own right, do you have any Amish restaurants you think should be added to this list?
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen: This place is amazing. There simply aren't words to describe the authentically delicious Amish food in Mount Hope, Ohio. There's a regular menu but also a buffet most nights, a main course buffet and a buffet devoted just to desserts. Where else can you find homemade rivvel soup? Poor Man's Steak? And shoofly pie? Yum! And there are times when you can go to this restaurant where the Amish crowd far outnumbers English diners. A very good sign!
Yoder’s Restaurant: Unrelated to the place in Mount Hope, Yoder's in Sarasota, Florida is famous for their fried chicken and amazing assortment of pies.
Miller’s Dutch Kitch'n: This place is off the beaten path a bit, away from the Amish bustle in Sarasota and instead is in Bradenton, but the owners of Miller's have an Amish background and it shows in their delicious desserts and main course buffet. Miller's is definitely worth checking out!
Gastoff Amish Village: Located in Daviess County, Indiana, this Amish-themed village is home to a great restaurant full of homemade bread, soups, and pastries. Absolutely give this place a try if you are in the area!
Dutch Kitchen: Tucked away inside Crafts Unlimited is an Old Order Mennonite run restaurant in Bainbridge, Ohio. Menu is very basic, but very good! Check it out here.