Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn

Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn
Address: Rt. 896, Strasburg , PA 17572
Phone: (717) 687-8635
Website: www.hersheyfarm.com

Breakfast: Mon-Fri 8am-10:15am $7.95
Sat 7am-10:15am  Sun 7am-10:45am
Lunch: Mon-Sun 11am – 3pm $15.95
Dinner:  Mon-Sat 4pm-8pm $19.95

Typical breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, sticky buns, French toast, baked French toast, pancakes, homefries, scrapple, biscuits & gravy, creamed chipped Beef, oatmeal, baked oatmeal, cold cereal, breads and toast, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, hot tea,  juices

Typical lunch/dinner: Corn soup, beef vegetable soup, cream of potato soup, fresh baked breads and rolls with maple cinnamon butter, tossed salad with all the fixings, sweet and sour tomatoes, macaroni salad, cole slaw, chow chow, cranberry relish, cottage cheese, apple butter, red beet eggs, ham, chicken, and tuna Salad, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Amish stuffing, brown buttered noodles, green beans, corn, broccoli, corn fritters, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, fried chicken, honey BBQ chicken, chicken pot pie, broiled flounder, PA Dutch ham balls, beef stew, pot roast, Shepherd’s pie, pork n’ kraut, meatloaf, turkey gravy, beef gravy, roast turkey, baked ham, Saturday evening features prime rib at the carving station instead of turkey and peel and eat shrimp.

Typical dessert: eclair pudding, chocolate and vanilla pudding, rice pudding, bread pudding, Jell-O, mixed fruit, shoofly pie, coconut custard pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, triple layer chocolate cake, yellow cake, strawberry cake, mini whoopie pies, fresh baked chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal raisin cookies, hand-dipped Turkey Hill ice cream.

This is a large place that also offers lodging. The have a gift shop, bakery and nursery. They cater to large tours that come to see the local shows at the Sight & Sound Theater which it’s located adjacent to. The seating area is somewhat in three sections, a smaller area for groups of twos and threes, another area for families and much larger area that can hold big groups. I’ve never had to wait here and they always do a good job getting people seated (sat), even during busy times.

Breaskfast
The hours on breakfast change depending on the day so be sure to check but it’s roughly from 8am to 10:30am. In the back of the buffet area you’ll find the breads, wheat, white, muffins, donuts, fruit salad, cold cereal (Cherrios and Raisin Bran), cottage cheese, bagels and cream cheese. There is also some cookies and shoofly pie.

The hot foods serving table has the potatoes, eggs, hash browns, biscuits, gravy, crispy bacon, tender bacon, scrapple, sausage, ham, baked oatmeal, oatmeal, syrup, blueberry & strawberry toppings, pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, French toast, baked French toast and sticky buns.

All the food here was really good. I especially liked the eggs, potatoes, bacon, biscuits and gravy, baked French toast and oatmeal. The others were all good too but those things stood out for me.The food was always hot and they refill empty trays immediately.

The staff is extremely friendly and does a terrific job of clearing plates and refilling drinks. The place is spotless and there is never a problem with clean utensils, plates and bowls. The bathrooms are equally as clean.

Dinner
They dinner space is twice as large as the breakfast. There are two buffet tables set up. The left starts with the soups (corn soup, beef vegetable soup, cream of potato soup), breads (wheat & white), salad fixings (peas, carrots, onions, corn, beets, etc) and dressings (Ranch, Thousand Island, blue cheese, hot bacon, etc), pasta salad, potato salad, cole slaw, chow chow, red beet eggs, cranberry relish, chicken salad, tuna salad and macaroni salad. At the end of this serving table are the puddings, eclair pudding, chocolate and vanilla pudding, rice pudding, bread pudding, Jell-O and mixed fruit.

On the other side of this is the hot foods buffet with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Amish stuffing, brown buttered noodles, green beans, corn, broccoli, corn fritters, baked beans, macaroni & cheese, stewed tomatoes, fried chicken, honey BBQ chicken, chicken pot pie, broiled flounder, PA Dutch ham balls, beef stew, pot roast, pork and sauerkraut, meatloaf, turkey gravy, beef gravy, baked ham, prime rib and cocktail shrimp.

To the rear of the buffet area is where you’ll find the desserts. They have shoofly pie, coconut custard pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, triple layer chocolate cake, yellow cake, strawberry cake, mini whoopie pies, fresh baked chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal raisin cookies. They also have hand-dipped Turkey Hill ice cream but you have to ask your server to bring this to you. They have vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter swirl and min chocolate chip.

The food here is extremely good. The items that stood out for me were the soups (both the corn soup and the cream of potato), the mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, fried chicken, baked lima beans, hamballs, meatloaf and the prime rib. There really wasn’t a thing that was bad though.

The desserts were all pretty decent as well. The ice cream was by far my favorite but the pies were good as well. The coconut custard pie was really good as were the puddings and especially the eclair pudding. The cookies are baked hot a fresh through the night as well and are quite good.

The service was just as good as during breakfast, if not better. All plates were taken often and drinks were refilled quickly. The serving area was exceptionally clean as were all plates and utensils. They do very good job of refilling food items and very thing is always piping hot. The Hershey Farm is an very good restaurant from top to bottom. The food is terrific and they do a fabulous job in all aspects including service and cleanliness. I recommend anyone that wants a good Pennsylvania Dutch meal with no hassles (with lines and waits) with perfect service to give it a shot.

Further reviews:
Yelp
Trip Advisor
Art of the Buffet

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