Many people who visit Lancaster County are very familiar with Shady Maple. It is often a mandatory stop on an itinerary. What is not to like – the largest smorgasbord in the area with two hundred feet of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Your can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lunch and dinner include an elaborate salad/soup bar, eight breads, eight meats, fourteen vegetables, ten cold desserts, three hot desserts, eight pies, six cakes and a sundae bar.

Some visitors may be familiar with only the smorgasbord, but there are many other areas to eat on the property. In the same building, on the ground floor by the 40,000 square foot gift shop is the Dutchette. There you can get a platter with three sides, sandwiches, salad/potato/taco bar or ice cream. This may be an option for a smaller meal when you are not ready to handle the immensity of the smorgasbord.

Next, outside of the farm market, is the Maple Leaf Café. Here you can enjoy a soup/salad bar, chinese buffet, or you can go through a cafeteria style setup to enjoy sandwiches or dinners including a variety of side dishes. There are booths as well as tables to enjoy your meal. This is an excellent stop before or after shopping in the farm market.

Even more casual and laid back is the snack shack which features hot dogs, soft pretzels and ice cream as well as a weekly special which could be steak sandwiches, meatball hoagies, fish sandwiches, or a chicken dinner. This is a great option when you are really in a hurry. There are tables set up in the farm market lobby where you can sit down to enjoy your quick bite.

Last, but not least, is the catering. They will cater your party, wedding reception, reunion, or business meeting at their location or yours and you can treat your guests to that wonderful cooking you have enjoyed. The meals can be plated or served as a small, private buffet.

Shady Maple has many eating options. Next time you are there, you may want to try something different

Submitted by:  Bonnie and David Konya, Country Hearth Bed and Breakfast, New Holland