Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet
Address: 14 South Tower Road, New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: (717) 354-4748
Breakfast: Mon-Sat 6am-10:30am $7.99
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm $10.99, $13.99 on Saturdays
Dinner: Mon-Sat 4pm-8pm $13.99
Typical breakfast: eggs made to order, scrambled eggs, Western omelets, bacon, sausage, Scrapple, ham, creamed sausage, creamed beef, biscuits, pancakes, French toast, baked oatmeal, English muffins, toast, fresh fruit, donuts, assorted muffins, pastries, soft ice cream.
Typical lunch/dinner: bread rolls, soups, corn, lima beans, salad bar, vegetables, potato salad, coleslaw, chow chow, mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, French fries, stuffing, rice, broasted chicken, roast beef, ham balls, meatloaf, ham, pasta bar, baked potato bar.
Typical dessert: shoofly pie, pecan pie, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, carrot cake, apple pie, soft served ice cream.
Yoder’s Restaurant is connected to their supermarket as well as a small bookstore and gift shop. It was all originally family owned but I believe they may have sold it (not quite sure, I’ve heard rumor). I went on a Saturday and they serve their Land & Sea buffet all day at a price of $13.99.
Along the left wall is where you’ll find 2 soups (Crab Bisque and Chicken Noodle), garlic toast, crackers and dinner rolls. The first buffet station has your salad fixings (lettuce, carrots, peas, croutons, raisins, nuts, etc.), dressings (Ranch, blue cheese, 1000 Island, honey mustard, Italian, etc), cottage cheese, broccoli salad, potato salad, pasta salad, red beet eggs, cucumber salad, cole slaw, beets and fruit salad.
The first hot buffet station has broasted chicken, grilled chicken drumsticks, ham balls (with a pineapple glaze), macaroni & cheese, buttered noodles, steamed carrots, steamed mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, beef gravy, turkey gravy, stewed tomatoes and stewed beets.
The second hot buffet station has stuffed bell peppers,barbecue ribs, steamed cauliflower & broccoli, clams, oysters, salmon, melted butter, fried oysters, fried oyster cakes, baked oatmeal, chocolate fudge and warm spiced apples. The grill station had glazed ham, grilled salmon, sirloin steak, pierogies, fried corn fritters and potato latkes. They have sour cream, horseradish, grilled onions and grilled mushrooms here too.
There is a third buffet station with fresh whole fruit (apples, bananas, grapes), graham cracker pudding, vanilla pudding, rice pudding, Rocky Road pudding, tapioca pudding, chocolate pudding, butterscotch pudding, Jell-O, apple sauce and sugar-free puddings. There a soft serve ice cream machine with chocolate, vanilla and twist. They have many different sauces (pineapple, strawberry, wet walnut, caramel, butterscotch, mint, chocolate, peanut butter, cherry), cookie crumbles, sprinkles and chopped nuts. They have chocolate peanut butter cake, strawberry vanilla cake, marble cake, shoofly pie, pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, apple pie, peach pie, sugar-free blueberry pie, sugar free apple pie and sugar peach pie.
I found the food here to be hit or miss surprisingly. Some items were great and others that you’d think might be good were sorely lacking. Case in point were most of the vegetables dishes. I’m not sure why this is but all the steamed vegetable dishes were bland and over cooked, they had no seasoning at all. The carrots were particularity bad. The stewed tomatoes and the stewed beets were okay.
The grill station was most disappointing but I attribute this to the cook. He seemed very uncertain about what he was doing and did not know how to gauge proper doneness. He was quite overwhelmed. . The steaks were all over cooked, , as was the salmon, the latkes weren’t even cooked at all in the middle, and the pierogies were slightly underdone. The ham was okay and the corn fritters were really good. Another really bad item was the barbecue ribs, they were way over cooked and tough.
Getting to the good points, the crab bisque was delicious. The macaroni & cheese was outstanding. It was cheesy and creamy and extremely homemade (if that makes sense), it had a nice crust on it. The fried oyster strips were very good, the fried oysters cakes were fantastic (and spicy), the ham balls were really good, the buttered noodles were good, the grilled chicken was as well but the broasted chicken might have been the best chicken I’ve had in a long long time. It was over-the-top delicious, crispy and seasoned well.
As for dessert, the baked oatmeal was great. The hot fudge was fantastic, it was a mix between pudding and fudge sauce. The baked apples were good. The marble cake was nice and so was the strawberry vanilla cake. The shoofly pie was very good, possibly one of the best in the area. The other pies were all sort of bland. It seemed as if they were sitting there for many days and they may have well been. They just weren’t that great. The soft serve was better than most and very creamy…plus with their sauces you can make it how you want. The puddings were very good especially the Rocky Road and the graham cracker.
Most seating here is old booths and the entire dining room is a bit dated. It’s very clean though. The whole restaurant is maintained well and they have plenty of staff ensuring that it remains so. They have a little confusion on what server takes care of what table though, it seems to be at random as I had several servers ask me many times if I had a drink. I also had about 4 different servers clean my plate at different times. Also at one point someone who was not my server cleared my entire table although I was not finished. They were all very friendly though.
Plates and utensils were all clean and plentiful and the buffet stations were well maintained. All food was hot and roated nicely. Everything was always full. I had to ask twice to have my water refilled, which was strange seeing that they had asked earlier so much if I had a drink.
Overall this is a good restaurant and they have some amazing dishes. I don’t know if the $14 price tag justifies the exceptional dishes considering the other offerings failed so much. I’m hoping it was just an off day because I’ve heard great things about it. I would consider trying it again to see if that’s the case.