While in Florida visiting my family, we were fortunate to stumble into an Amish restaurant known as Der Dutchman. The restaurant is large and clean and our food service provider, Joan, was friendly, attentive and quick.
We all got the buffet, which cost $14 for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and $5 for children under 6. It is known as the barn-raising buffet and with reason. It is plentiful, filling with lots of variety. This buffet had two stations, one station that is a full station salad bar. Despite the multitude of guests, the salad bar was clean, well-stocked and full of fresh vegetables, prepared salads and homemade dressings. The dinner buffet was also clean and well-stocked and was full of abundance and variety. It had homemade soups, stuffing, real mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, stuffing, roast beef, ham, pulled pork, homemade Amish noodles, homemade macaroni and cheese, broasted chicken and the list goes on and on. The broasted chicken is a must and unless you are a vegetarian, don’t leave without trying it. It is crispy, juicy and incredible. Joan said broasted chicken is chicken fried in a pressure cooker. All I can say is….Wow!
Dessert was cake or ice cream with the buffet, but I would splurge and get a piece of pie. There was over 20 to choose from on the menu. My husband got the shoe-fly pie, which is an old fashion very sweet pie made with molasses. I ordered the triple berry. The crust was flaky and buttery. You can tell it was fresh and made that morning.
It should be noted that the restaurant serves no alcohol (it is Amish). Also, the restaurant has a gift shop upstairs with many homemade crafts and Nick Knacks. But do not leave without checking out the bakery. The bakery has breads, cinnamon rolls, tons of pies, cookies, cakes and fudge. All baked goods are homemade. I bought the cinnamon rolls and apple cinnamon bread for breakfast the next day, and the caramel frosting on the cinnamon rolls was gooey, sweet and satisfying.
The Amish are known for plain living. Despite the simplicity of their living, it is the simplicity and wholesomeness of the food that made this meal overall satisfying and enjoyable. I think most of the country has forgotten what a “home cooked” meal is, and this Amish restaurant is a reminder of the value and joy of eating food made from scratch. It was truly a satisfying and filling experience.
The menu is available online:
3713 Bahia Vista St
Sarasota, Fl 34232
Phone number: 941-955-8007