Dienner’s Country Restaurant
Address: 2855 Lincoln Hwy. East, Soudersburg, PA 17577
Phone: (717) 687-9571
Breakfast: Mon-Sat 7am-10:30 $5.49
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm $8.49
Dinner: Mon-Thur 3pm-6pm $9.49
Fri-Sat 3pm-8pm $10.75
Typical breakfast: Scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage links, smoked sausage, scrapple, pork pudding, cooked oatmeal, corn meal mush, grits, baked oatmeal, dried beef gravy, sausage gravy, biscuits, toast, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, pastries. Made to order eggs available with breakfast buffet for 25¢. Beverage not included.
Typical lunch/dinner: Mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, peas, green beans, fried and rotisserie Chicken, beef tips in gravy, ham, a variety of vegetables, bread filling, buttered noodles, dinner rolls, soup, salad.
Typical desserts: apple pie, shoofly pie, éclair pudding, cherry pie, warm apple crisp, peanut butter cream pie, coconut cream pie, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, vanilla soft serve ice cream.
Dienner’s is on the top of a lot of lists of the best Amish cooking smorgasbords in the area. It may be smaller and lesser known than Miller’s or Shady Maple but it’s were the locals eat. You’ll see a lot of Amish and Mennonite families dining here, which is always a really good sign. It smaller than the aforementioned which means there is usually a wait. Depending on when you arrive and for which meal you can expect to be waiting upwards of an hour. Driving by on Route 30 you’ll often see a gaggle of tourists waiting outside. I’d say put your name on the list (they’ll give you one of those beepers like you get at Olive Garden) and head over to The Dutch Haven or The Outhouse.
The Dutch Haven has one of my favorite shoofly pies around and they’ll give you a free sample. They also have a lot of different Amish goods and other nik-naks. It’s a nice little shop and the owner’s are terrific. The Outhouse is like a really big quirky souvenier and toy store, they’ve got a bunch of weird things to pick up for all the friends and family members that you didn’t get to bring along with you. They’ve also got some really good fudge, which you can sample too. Hopefully your wait will go by quickly and you won’t even notice.
One you’re sat you’ll have the open of the buffet or the menu…of course you can here for the buffet. They’ve got three buffet tables. One is the salad bar type with all your fixings and dressing, different vegetables and toppings. The second is your hot foods bar with all your hot sides and entrees. The third has their puddings, Jell-Os and some of the desserts including their hot dessert selection. There is also a fridge case with different pies and cakes to the side. Adjacent to that is the soft serve ice cream dispenser.
The salad options is quite typical and nothing to get too excited about. They’ve got lettuce, peas, tomatoes, carrots, beets, pickled eggs, ham, bacon bits, croutons, and your regular dressings, Ranch, Thousand Island, Italian, etc. Everything here was fresh and was stocked well. There are also two types of soup here which was chicken corn chowder and chicken pot pie.
The sides and entrees include your regular Amish fare including buttered noodles, lima beans (in a tomato sauce), macaroni & cheese, ham balls, meat loaf, corn, fried chicken, roasted chicken, etc. Everything I ate here was delicious. I really enjoyed the macaroni & cheese and the ham balls were fantastic. The stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn and buttered noodles were all good. There was nothing here that wasn’t tasty and everything was warm and stocked well. They do a really good job of making sure all items are full and because of the volume of customers nothing is ever sitting out too long…matter of fact they have to constantly replenish everything.
The desserts here are great. They have about four or five different puddings (vanilla, chocolate, elcair, rice). They have about 8 different pies (apple, cherry, raspberry, pecan, pumpkin, shoofly, peanut butter cream, coconut cream). They have a few warm desserts, when I was there it was an apple cobbler. They also had a fantastic carrot cake and an okay chocolate cake. The soft serve is vanilla only (which is fine by me) and they have chocolate and caramel fudge along with chocolate and rainbow jimmies (sprinkles) and peanut toppings.
They do an excellent good of clearing empty plates and refilling beverages. The staff is a combination of Amish and non-Amish and all were extremely friendly and helpful. They are however closed on Sundays as I believe a good majority of the staff are Amish, especially a good number of the cooks. The entire restaurant, including the dining area, buffet tables and bathrooms were very clean and well maintained. The plates and utensils were all ways clean. After eating your wonderful feast you will be asked to pay up front at the counter. Don’t forget to tip.
Overall this is a top-notch restaurant. It really is one of the better Amish smorgasbords around. It’s also, oddly enough, the cheapest. It’s almost criminal how much they charge (don’t charge) you. They’re about half the price of Miller’s which is two doors down. Dienner’s is a must stop for anyone that wants a good Amish meal when they’re in Lancaster County.