When people come to Elkhart County, Indiana, they are often looking for a place to get a good Amish-style meal. Here are some dining tips and Amish restaurants that deliver a great family-style dining experience.
First, you need to come hungry. An Amish-style meal is an all you care to eat, pass the plates of meat, vegetables, noodles, and bread affair. Of course, there’s always pie involved. So you’re biggest decision is going to be what type. It’s important to remember to keep portions small. That way if you’re still hungry you can re-fill your plate instead of heaping it on all at once and making yourself uncomfortable even with your jeans unbuttoned (And the Amish are not wasteful, so it’s rude to leave a plate full of food.) Plus you need to save room for that pie!
Where to find Amish families that will serve in-home meals? Here are five great choices.
No reservation needed
Das Dutchman Essenhaus 240 US 20 Middlebury, IN 800.455.9471
Blue Gate Restaurant 195 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 (260) 768-4725
Amish families who serve meals in their home **Note all are certified by county health boards
A Taste of Shipshewana 7720 W 200 N Shipshewana, IN (260) 350-2017
Experience the traditional flavors of Amish culture. Chef Brenda uses characteristic skills to create a tasting menu that deliciously highlights the Amish cuisine and local delicacies, allowing you to taste flavors that have been enjoyed for eras. Breakfast and lunch menu available. Open dining for any party size on Wednesday evenings.
Mullet’s Dining, LLC 72280 CR 100 N Nappanee, IN 46550 Voice Mail: 574.773.2140 Contact: Mary Lou Mullet
The Carriage House 5280 S 500 W Topeka, IN 46571 Voice Mail: 260.768.8199 ext 2128 Contact: Elaine Jones Also offers quilting bees, cinnamon roll demonstrations Amish Wedding Feasts
A Taste of Shipshewana
7720 W 200 N Shipshewana, IN 46565 Voice Mail: 260-350-2017 Contact: Brenda Slabaugh
Open to smaller parties each Wednesday evening, reservations required, reserve up to as late as 2 p.m. on Wednesday for that night
Eden Meadows Banquets
10740 W 200 S Shipshewana, IN 46561 Voicemail: 260.499.0150 Contact: Vera Miller
Hoosier Banquets 6335 W 200 N Shipshewana, IN 46565 Voice Mail: 260.336.8533 Contact: Linda Miller
Minimum of 4 people and maximum of 60 people for dining reservations. Full family style Threshers dinner. $20 per person, tip not included. Call to reserve.
Also offers home tours, buggy rides and demonstrations
Yoders Homestyle Cooking 10667 W 325 N Shipshewana, IN 46565 Voice Mail: 260.768.3078 Contact: Henry & Carolyn Yoder
Also offers buggy rides and cooking class demonstrations
It’s important to note to plan ahead to find out if there is room at the table. So phone, leave a message and they will get back to you. It’s a fun experience to go with a group of friends or just a few. You’ll meet new people as dinner companions and have a wonderful time.