After leaving Heini’s Cheese Chalet, we wanted to get lunch and since we had consulted our Williams Guide to Amish Country, we drove to Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. This restaurant came highly recommended, and is located at 8101 State Route 241, Millersburg, Ohio 44654, phone 330-674-0922, their website is www.MrsYodersKitchen.com. Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is in a nice sized building. There is a small gift shop area and hostess stand with several benches and chairs for those of us waiting to be taken to our table. We arrived around 12:15 p.m. and waited approximately 10 minutes for our table for two.
I do not know if the owner of Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is Amish or Mennonite, but clearly this establishment attracts the Amish clientele. The majority of the wait staff was Amish and about 40% of their customers were Amish. If you want to do some Amish people watching, this would be the place to do it. But there are better reasons for going to Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen.
When placing our order, our delightful Amish waitress, Bethany, asked us if we wanted white or whole wheat homemade bread. We asked to try both and she brought us a “mixed basket of bread” which we tried with the apple butter and Amish peanut butter spread already on our table. I loved both breads and both the apple butter and Amish peanut butter.
On the day we visited, Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen had their lunch buffet set up, one set of tables for the salad offerings and another set of tables for the meats, vegetables and side dishes. We started on the salads and they did not disappoint. In particular the vinegar coleslaw was superb, as well as the pickled beets, super fresh lettuce and romaine, and many different dressings. I only had a few things from the salad tables, but there were many things offered: pickled eggs, cottage cheese, macaroni salad, potato salad, among other items.
The main dishes consisted of broasted chicken, roast beef, pulled pork, cheeseburger casserole, homemade dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles with chicken, creamed corn, string bean casserole, chicken gravy, beef gravy, and rivel soup (I tasted this and could not figure out what was in it, as it turns out, rivel soup is a combination of flour, salt, butter, and either milk or chicken broth).
Everything on the main buffet tables was extremely fresh and hot. The broasted chicken was the best I’ve ever tasted, perfectly seasoned, hot, juicy chicken. The roast beef and pulled pork was also excellent. My husband loved the creamed corn and I really enjoyed the homemade dressing.
Bethany checked back frequently to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed. She refilled our iced tea and diet Coke several times. We had a great meal, with many choices, and probably ate way too much. When Bethany asked if we had saved room for pie, we had to admit we didn’t but it would be wrong to leave an Amish restaurant without pie, so we carried out a slice of cherry pie. Our slice of pie was huge with both the filling and crust being homemade. Our two buffets, two drinks, and one slice of pie totaled just under $30.00 and it was worth every penny.