PA Dutch Smorgasbords: 6 Tips

The options on a PA Dutch Smorgasbord can be intimidating. Here are 6 tips for getting the most out of your meal.

1. Scope out the salad bar first for local freshness and potential topping for other dishes (shredded cheese, sour cream, etc.)

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2. Ask your server for their personal favorites and for regional favorites. Who knew that Lancaster County, Pa had its own take on chicken pot pie (noodles in the sauce, no crust) or was famous for its hand rolled soft pretzels?


3. Sample the soups. All. Of.The. Soups. How often do you get the opportunity to try 4 different homemade soups at once? Remember tip number 1 and add any desired toppings to your bowl. Suggestion: red onion on top of chili.


4. Try the regional dishes first, before you fill up on the classics. You may find a new favorite in the ham balls with sweet glaze or Amish filling.


5. Indulge your cravings. With seemingly endless options in front of you, take the opportunity to get a bit creative. French fries and ice cream? Yes! Chicken nuggets on pizza? Go for it! Mac & Cheese on a baked potato? Yum! Fried chicken and homemade gravy? Great idea! You get where I am going with this.


6. Save room for dessert. If you are lucky enough to find yourself at a smorgasbord that boasts its own Bakery (lucky you- you’re at Hershey Farm). Layered parfaits, apple crumb coffee cake, banana bread, ice creams, cookies, freshly baked cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream are just the beginning. If you do nothing else on this list, follow number 5.


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