As I continue my culinary tour of Lancaster County (I know, I know; this is a tough part of my job), I sampled two other types of fare this past week: traditional PA Dutch cooking, and delicious candies.
My first stop was at Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant in Smoketown, where we held our board meeting. Good ‘N Plenty has been around since 1969 and features both family-style dining and a-la-carte offerings. They’ve been voted best local PA Dutch restaurant for 17 years, so if you’re craving authentic PA Dutch favorites, Good ‘N Plenty is the place to go.
I sampled my regular favorites: roast turkey, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and whoopie pies, which were all delicious. But I also decided to expand my horizons and try two PA Dutch food items I had never sampled – brown buttered noodles and cracker pudding.
I’ve been told brown buttered noodles are a popular PA Dutch specialty but always wondered what all the hype was about. They’re just noodles cooked with butter, right? Well, they’re also made with a mix of seasonings that make them unbelievably tasty. I tried some and they melted in my mouth – I can see why they are a favorite of visitors and locals alike.
Then I was asked to try rice pudding, to which I reflexively replied “Yuck.” But Glenn Lapp, the owner of Good ‘N Plenty, coaxed me into trying a small dish. The pudding was cool and refreshing, and tasted like a cross between tapioca and coconut cream pie. It was so yummy, I went back for seconds.
The food at Good ‘N Plenty was delicious, and the service was friendly and fast. They also have a bakery and a large gift shop.
I ended my week with a visit to the grand opening of Miesse Candies’ newest location, on Water Street in Downtown Lancaster (they have a total of three locations). Attendees included a Who’s Who of Lancaster, so it was definitely the place to be on a beautiful Friday afternoon.
Miesse Candies has been in business since 1875 and features some of the best candy you will ever taste, made with all-natural ingredients. Sea salt caramels, coconut creams, and chocolate-covered pretzels were just a few of the delectable treats I was fortunate enough to sample. If you love candy, this is a must see (and taste!) for you.
Miesse Candies offers informative factory tours at their Water Street location for a nominal cost, and they will also package and mail your candy for you. They are great gift ideas – I have given them as gifts on several occasions and have come out as quite the hero.
Add a stop at Miesse Candies’ new downtown store to your next visit and you won’t be disappointed.