Buffets are great places to try new foods or create the perfect combination of your favorites. The top buffets of Pennsylvania are serving up everything from fried chicken and corn pie to Kung Pao lo mein and rice. All you have to bring is your appetite. Here are our favorite buffets in the state.
What began as a roadside stand under the shade of maple trees has become Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a family-owned business that has specialized in offering quality food for nearly 50 years. More than 1.4 million people have stopped by to enjoy the selection of menu items and one of the best buffets featuring Pennsylvania Dutch foods in the state. This is not your typical eatery, and there’s a farm market, rentable banquet hall, and catering available.
Meat and potatoes take on a whole new meaning at this family-owned Pennsylvania Dutch-style restaurant and buffet located in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Lititz Family Cupboard has been around since 2001, but was in operation even before that, offering fresh wholesome Amish and Mennonite foods made from scratch and with a lot of love. The buffet is offered every day for lunch and dinner, there’s a breakfast buffet on Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a full weekend buffet from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The moment you step inside this quaint restaurant with full buffet in Ronks, Pennsylvania, you’ll be greeted with the aroma of food like Grandma used to make. Better bring your appetite because there’s something for everyone. Great food and great service with a smile awaits you, and you’ll find all your favorites here like meatloaf, hamloaf, pork and sauerkraut, and chicken pot pie. The buffet is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends except Sundays. It’s all you can eat at the buffet, but drinks are extra.
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Offering buffet and menu items, Dutch-Way Family Restaurant in Gap and Myerstown, Pennsylvania (with another non-buffet location in Schaefferstown), is your home away from home. With a wonderful selection of farm-fresh favorites like eggs any way you like them, a pancake station, and other breakfast choices, you can also visit during lunch or dinner. Fried chicken, corn pie, turkey, roast beef, and a 30-item salad bar, soup bar, and sweet treats including a build-your-own sundae bar, you won’t go home hungry! Open every day except Sunday.
Chen’s Mongolian Buffet in State College, Pennsylvania, is delicious. This popular college-town buffet features items like garlic chicken, Kung Pao lo mein, shrimp on a stick, and orange rice. Open daily, they will also deliver within a three-mile radius.
Who says comfort food can’t be healthy? At this casual create-your-own-meal buffet, Green Bowl in State College, Pennsylvania, is a delightful change of pace from traditional buffets. Diners can choose from over 80 items with a wide variety of vegetables, noodles, meat, and sauce. If you can’t decide what flavors are good together, there’s a chart of possible combinations or you can ask one of the friendly staff. Part of the fun here is watching your food prepared in front of you. Great for vegetarians and vegans, too.
If you haven’t tried Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, you have to put Mary B’s Kitchen & Buffet on your list of places to visit. Located in Intercourse, Mary B’s believes that everyone was created for a purpose and the purpose here is to make sure no one goes away hungry. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets that include fountain drinks or coffee, you can add the soup and salad bar. You can also order off the menu or by the pound for takeaway. Open every day but Sunday.
Aroma Buffet & Grill in York, Pennsylvania, offers Chinese-American foods without high prices. Using only the best and freshest ingredients, you’ll experience food as it should be. Where else can you get bourbon chicken and fried corn balls? If you have questions, the friendly servers will help you, and they even have a chocolate fountain where you can create your own chocolate-covered dessert. Open every day for your dining pleasure.