Dutch Way Family Restaurant | Myerstown, PA

June 3, 2015

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Dutch-Way Farm Market Restaurant (Facebook / @DutchWayFarmMkt)
649 E. Lincoln Ave. / Route 422 East (map it!)
Myerstown, PA 17067
(717) 866-5758
Open Mon-Sat starting at 6a (buffet runs till 10:30a Mon-Fri, till 11a Sat)
Accepts cash & debit/credit
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Visited: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
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Visiting family in eastern Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Dutch country – we made a stop for breakfast at the Dutch-Way Farm Market. The Market is a giant grocery story with a just-as-giant restaurant attached. The grocery store itself is a trip – it’s decorated with all sorts of large animals and tableaus around the store. The market is known in the area as a go-to spot for local delicacies, and these items show up in their breakfast buffet, too.

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If you’re looking to feed a large group like we were, Dutch-Way is the place to be. It’s a monster of a buffet, and inexpensive to boot. If you’re an early riser on a weekday, you can get it for $5.99!

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While the restaurant features a larger dining room and a couple private rooms, you can still get the diner counter experience if you so desire.

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Once our group got settled in, we tackled the buffet. There are four big stations full of items.

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A couple local delicacies: Lebanon bologna and stewed tomatoes. Lebanon bologna (named for the nearby town and county) is darker and a little sweet and tangy. Actually one of my favorite items from the buffet.

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The sweet section feature a few different types of stuffed French toast.

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Two pans – two pans! – of creamed chipped beef.

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There’s a station where you can order custom-made eggs, omelets, and pancakes.

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Round one!

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Of course, if you’re in eastern Pennsylvania, you better believe you’ll find scrapple. Dutch-Way serves a very respectable version. For those who don’t know it, scrapple is traditionally made from meat scraps – leftover cuts that are too small to sell – mixed with cornmeal and spices, then fried. Don’t be grossed out by it. Think of it like soft sausage patties.

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Mrs. Breakfast w/Nick snagged this photo of the more unique item labels.

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Some of us stopped at the omelet/egg/pancake bar. What specifically caught my eye were the “honkey” eggs. Naturally, I had to ask. Want to know what they are? Scroll down.

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Custom-made omelets.

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Pancakes for the kids! Yes, for the kids.

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Wondering about the honkey eggs? Here’s your answer: they’re eggs scrambled with potatoes, peppers, onions, and ham. I looked them up, and yes, it’s a thing.

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Another benefit to these large Dutch-style restaurants that dot the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states? DONUTS.

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And good donuts. Columbus readers, think Der Dutchman.

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It’d be easy to fill up on a donuts at a buffet like this. Fortunately, they slice donuts in the pieces so you’re not committed to a whole one. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sample one of the excellent peanut butter donuts.

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Dutch-Way’s buffet was about as good as you could expect. There were few of the regular buffet pitfalls like slightly dried-out or under-seasoned food. But for the overall selection and price, and the feature of some local and regional dishes, it’s absolutely worth it.

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