Miller’s Smorgasbord

Miller’s Smorgasbord
Address: 2811 Lincoln Highway East (Rt. 30), Ronks, PA 17572
Phone: (717) 687-6621
Website: www.millerssmorgasbord.com

Breakfast: Mon-Sun 7:30am-10:30am $7.95
Lunch: Mon-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm $15.95
Dinner: Mon-Sun 3:30pm-8pm $22.95

Typical breakfast: scrambled eggs, made to order (egg substitutes available), custom made omelets, chicken & waffles, fresh country sausage, bacon and pan-fried, scrapple, grilled ham, fresh fruit, fried potatoes, oatmeal, cream of wheat and cold cereals, blueberry or buttermilk pancakes, French toast, creamed chipped dry beef, assorted pastries, apple fritters and raisin bread, grilled sticky buns.

Typical lunch/dinner: seafood bisque, chicken corn soup, vegetable soup, turkey salad, pickled eggs, chow chow, broccoli salad, pasta salad, Caesar salad, seafood salad, pepper cabbage, assorted bakery fresh breads, rolls, bread sticks, chilled steamed shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, Swedish meatballs, top sirloin, breast of turkey, baked ham with cider sauce, golden fried chicken, Boston bluefish, chicken pot pie, baked cabbage in cream sauce, grilled veggies, mashed potatoes, brown buttered noodles

Typical desserts: apple pie, shoofly pie, warm chocolate pecan pie, bread pudding, baked apples, cheesecake, iced raisin bread, pumpkin pie, hand-dipped ice cream.

Aside from Shady Maple, Miller’s is probably the most widely known and certainly most advertised smorgasbord in the Lancaster area. Due to that they cater mostly to visitors and tourists. I don’t think you’ll see any Amish dining here, I wasn’t looking specifically for this but as far as I can remember that is true. I’ve had both breakfast and dinner here. They have signs offering various meals at various prices up and down Route 30 and you’ll find the ads in most local area tour guides as well. Be sure to read the fine print on these as they are usually limited to certain days and times and even certain parts of the buffet as in soup or salad only. The Plain and Fancy Restaurant, which serves Amish family-style lunch and dinners is owned my the same company.

There is a small bakery and gift shop immediately when you walk in. There is also a quilt and craft store located in the parking lot. Next door you’ll also find The Dutch Haven and 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.

Breakfast
I didn’t have any problem with getting a table immediately but the restaurant was busy. There is a coupon in most local guides for a free hot beverage with the breakfast buffet. They also have a regular menu as well as a buffet menu. I was told a story however that one patron here was given potatoes from the buffet when they ordered their meal off the menu.

The serving tables are set in a circle around the cooking stations. For the breakfast the two cooking stations are eggs, scrambled and omletes and pancakes (buttermilk and blueberry) and French Toast. Around that you’ll find the hot foods, patries and fruit. On the patry table they have blueberry muffins, banana walnut muffins, brownies, bread, shoofly pie, donuts, apple fritters, iced raisin bread, sticky buns and rolls.

The cold food table has fresh fruit salad, jams and jellies, apple butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, pineapple, grapes, pancake toppings (blueberry & strawberry), whipped cream and yogurt. Near here you’ll also find the cold cereal (Total, Cherros and Raisin Bran), syrups, butter, cream of wheat, oatmeal along with brown sugar and raisins.

The hot foods buffet has your biscuits, toast, chipped beef gravy, sausage gravy, potatoes, bacon, scrapple, sausage, scrambled eggs and ham. There wasn’t too many items that were exceptional, most were decent but not amazing. The one thing that did stand out was the biscuits and gravy, they were really good. The eggs and bacon were okay. The sausage I did not care for nor did I like the ham. The pancakes and French toast were not that good either nor were the pastries. The fruit was all very fresh though. Also you must ask your server for milk to have with your cereal that took quite awhile to track her down and for her to bring it.

I was not impressed with the service nor the quality of the food for breakfast especially considering the price. Everything was clean, including all the buffet tables, utensils and plates. However they were understaffed because my table was not cleaned frequently of dirty plates nor were my beverages refilled often.They food items were replenished enough but the serving areas were crowded and it was often a problem to get what you wanted. They have more serving areas that could have been setup and they should have used them. There were too many diners for the space they had used.

Dinner
Again, there was no wait for a table but the restaurant a steady line of diners, it was mostly families. In the middle they have the grilling section which had carved turkey and ham as well as prime rib. At the first buffet table was the salad fixings, peas, carrots, chow chow, apple butter, cottage cheese, dressings, and salad toppings. The seafood bisque, chicken corn soup and vegetable soup are also here.

Next to that is another serving area with chips, salsa, pickled beets, pasta salad, cole slaw, potato salad, broccoli salad, Caesar salad, seafood salad, pepper cabbage, stuffed mushrooms, cheeses and cocktail shrimp.  Near there was a place for the bread, wheat and white, iced raisin bread and butter.

There were two identical hot foods buffets with sautéed mushrooms, Swedish meatballs, top sirloin, breast of turkey, baked ham with cider sauce, fried chicken, steamed bluefish, chicken pot pie, baked cabbage in cream sauce, grilled veggies, mashed potatoes and brown buttered noodles.

More towards the entrance where you walk in you’ll find the dessert section with chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, bread pudding, baked apples, apple pie, shoofly pie, pecan pie, cheesecake, pumpkin pie and hand-dipped ice cream (vanilla & chocolate). They have whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles and chopped nuts as toppings.

The food was okay but again nothing here was truly exceptional. The prime rib was good, the turkey and ham was okay. The buttered noodles were good as were the Swedish meatballs. Nothing else was either good or bad. The desserts were decent although I didn’t care for the shoofly pie. The bread pudding was really good as was the apple pie. The cheesecake was okay as well.

The service was better for dinner, empty plates were cleared often and drinks were refilled quickly. Again the restaurant was very clean as were all the plates, utensils and serving areas. The problem with lines and getting to food items was not an issue during dinner as they made use of all the serving areas.

Overall they do a decent job but not when compared to other smorgasbords nearby and especially when you equate the price of theirs compared to the others. I don’t think I would go back to Miller’s unless they drastically changed either their cooking or prices. Just two steps up Route 30 is Dienner’s which is serving food 4x the quality and half the price.

Further reviews:
Yelp
Trip Advisor

Responses

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