Miller’s Smorgasbord

January 12, 2010 | Category: Food | Posted by: Sarah

Miller'sMy sister Abby came to visit me this past weekend. I knew she was arriving Friday night, but I wasn’t sure what time, so I planned to go out to eat with her. She ended up not getting in until later, so we just ordered pizza, and decided to go out for lunch on Saturday!

I wanted to pick a restaurant that she hadn’t ever been to, and she wanted PA Dutch food, so I picked Miller’s, one of Lancaster County’s finest smorgasbords! One of the things that I really like about Miller’s, and something that surprised my sister, is that most buffet style restaurants are one flat price, not matter what you plan to eat. Miller’s offers different meal options, so if you’re just going to have soup & salad, you pay a lower rate than having the whole smorgasbord!

Miller's2When you go into Miller’s they’ve got some of the history on the walls (with photos, etc.). Did you know that it’s been around since 1929 – almost 100 years! The food is amazing. They’ve got hot entrees, a soup station, a salad station, carving stations, dessert, bread, appetizers, and much more! I got my favorite, mashed potatos (made from REAL potatoes, not just a box), with fried chicken, squash, green beans, a roll, and some other great food. For dessert, I had a slice of apple pie. All delicious.

One other great thing about heading to Miller’s is that they buy local – everything is cooked from scratch. And, they’ve added wine, beer, and cocktails to their menu – including some made from their own Genuine Shoofly Liqueur. We’ve got a bottle of Miller's Bake Shopthe Shoofly Liqueur – and it’s not just good in drinks – it’s fantastic over vanilla ice cream! I think it will be great in the summer, when it’s too hot for me to want to make a pie, but I’m missing the taste of shoo-fly – I can have it over ice cream! 

After we were done eating, we stopped out at the bakery & gift shop – where you can get tons of different things, including some of Miller’s canned jams, chow-chow, beets, fruit, and much more. To see more of what they have to offer at the store, click here.

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  1. Rebecca Reed
    on January 29th, 2010

    Miller’s is good . . . but Shady Maple Rocks!! Miller’s got way pricey several years back. Have the prices changed?

  2. kenneth habercorn
    on February 22nd, 2010

    ate at millers in later part of 2009..greatly disappointed…would never return …overpriced…food was nothing to mention…service so you had to be extra for because it did not come with the meal..that was the first time in years i went back..over the years it been straight down

  3. John
    on February 22nd, 2010

    Up until last year would have agreed to Shady Maple being the better fare. But at a visit last year I was VERY disappointed at Shady Maple’s offerings and quality. Returned to Miller’s and found that, in spite of price, the selection and quality was MUCH better than Shady Maple..

  4. Darlene
    on February 23rd, 2010

    Tried Miller’s was very disappointed with the quality of the food and service. Way over priced. Per Yoders, MUCH BETTER food and service than either Miller’s or Shady Maple.

  5. Rebecca Reed
    on February 23rd, 2010

    Have to try Yoder’s. Heard excellent things about them!

  6. Sue c
    on February 23rd, 2010

    A full meal with desert is pricey. I didn’t feel it was worth the price. I expected the desert bar to have more home baked items, rather than fancy cheesecakes. I pay half the price at Bird in Hand Family restaurant. It is clean with basic Amish food like, hamloaf,chicken, buttered noodles,mashed potatoes, and a wide aray of pies, cakes, and other deserts.

  7. Robin
    on February 23rd, 2010

    Visited Lancaster for valentines weekend and tried both Shady maple and Millers. I thought the food was by far better at Millers, but the price was rediculous and I will not return there. Shady Maple was a far better price for the food.

  8. wanda
    on March 3rd, 2010

    I do not like Miller”s. I think Shady Maple was great. Another choice I would have picked would be Good N Plenty. Very good food but pricey but everything is included. I also thought Bird in Hand was very good. I was disappointed in Miller’s.

  9. Garry & Susan
    on March 13th, 2010

    My wife and I have been visiting Lancaster since 1985 and we are regluar visitors to Miller’s and many of the other restaurants in the area. We have enjoyed them all, but over the years they have become a bit more commercial than in the earlier years. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but we still like Miller’s and eat there at least twice a year – often Thanksgiving Day the past several years. We will contiue to eat there and we like the variety and the atmosphere.

  10. Vern&Ruth
    on September 12th, 2010

    We always eat there, it is a good price and the food has always been great, wouldn’t go any where else, have eaten at the other places also but for the money its Deaners on RT 30

  11. Amanda
    on September 19th, 2010

    We visited there on our way home from vacation… The food was good however I agree it was a little pricey if you wanted the full mean… I was actually just posting to see if anyone happen to have the recipe for thier sausage and cabbage soup.. It as amazing and the first time I ever had sausage and cabbage soup. I have been searching for a recipe for it like thiers and havent had any luck… Thanks

  12. Holly
    on October 18th, 2010

    Shady Maple has the best peach bread. Anyone know where i might find the recipe? I live in NY State and don’t get there too often.
    Thanks so very much

  13. Laura
    on December 4th, 2010

    Our family(9)went there over thanksgiving and they are SO PICKY! NOBODY had any complaints( a 1st for them)there was stuff for everyone and food was always stalked! It is pricey but if your going to splurge, do it here. I give them a thumbs up.

  14. pat delucie
    on March 20th, 2011

    I have been going to Millers since 1969 and I think it is better now thanmin tthe early years My only problem with Millers now is the price. We are a large family and it is getting too costly.Do you offer any senior discounts. I known you have a coupon for $2? off thats very little concidering the full price. pat

  15. Susan doolittle
    on October 3rd, 2013

    Recently visited Millers for the first time. my husband and I thought the food was excellent. Especially loved the soups. Does anyone know the recipe for the sausage/ cabbage soup? Loved it! We wont be back to PA for another 6 or 7 months I would love to try and make the soup for the winter. if anyone can help I would be ever so thankful.- Susan

  16. Anna-Maria
    on January 25th, 2014

    I found this recipe for the sausage cabbage soup on their facebook page
    Miller’s Sausage & Cabbage Soup
    June 28, 2011 at 10:29am
    Sausage & Cabbage Soup
    Ingredients :
    1 lb. fresh bulk sausage
    2 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 1/3 cup chopped onion
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    6 cups green cabbage, sliced thin and shredded
    3 lbs. canned tomatoes
    1 1/3 qts. water
    2 bay leaves
    1 Tbsp. basil
    2 tsp. oregano
    1/4 tsp. rosemary leaves
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    Directions :

    1. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Drain off approximately half of the drippings.
    2. In a large soup kettle, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion and garlic and simmer without browning. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the cabbage is very tender. Adjust seasoning if desired.
    3. If soup becomes too thick during cooking, add tomato juice to restore the correct consistency.
    4. Enjoy with a warm crusty roll and some butter!

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