Saturday, June 22, 2013

Shady Maple Smorgasbord Breakfast Review

If you're looking for an assortment of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking - a smorgasbord if you will - look no further than the 200 feet of quality cooking featured at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Located in East Earl, PA, it's 45 minutes outside of Center City. Still, the quality, quantity, and assortment of dishes can't be beat at this buffet. More importantly, the prices really can't be beat. They vary depending on the time and day, but on a Saturday before 10AM - we're talking about $11.75 per person, inclusive of tax and tip. That's insane!

If you don't get there early, be prepared to wait on line. Lucky for us, we arrived around 9AM so there wasn't much of a line. Yea that's right. This guy wakes up at the crack of dawn to drive outside of Philly for some quality grub.

This was the line when we came out - a little before noon. 

We went with a group of 9 so got the VIP treatment. You're able to get a table in the banquet room, which is reserved for larger groups. Pro tip: The lines are much shorter for large groups as well!

The layout is basically stations upon stations of dishes that are turned over at an incredible rate.

Crisp bacon? Country Ham? Scrapple? Don't mind if I do. 

Sausage anyone?

Heck - they've even got mush - literally!

The GF was happy with the dessert options, to be sure. She was giddy with joy upon seeing the wide variety of donuts!

Whoopie pies? Regular pies? 

If you're into cleaner eating - they've got a variety of fruit for you to indulge in.

How about some close ups - starting with my first plate.

After which I descended upon the pancake station.

Chocolate chip pancakes anyone?

Next up - the egg station, where I opted for the spinach florentine.

Check out that artery clogging hollandaise.

This was all mopped up with what I like to call my 'meat plate.'

And a biscuit or two. 

After which, I indulged in a cookies and cream donut. 

Along with a red velvet whoopie pie. 

Annnnd a boston cream donut.

Shady Maple Smorgasbord offers Turkey Hill ice cream as a palate cleanser of sorts.

Or if you need a pick me up, they've got cappuccino machines! 

Or if slushies are your thing - they've got that as well.

I ended my meal with some cookies and cream ice cream and a smile on my face.

If you're looking for delicious eats, a wide variety of options, and an incredibly affordable price, look no further than Shady Maple Smorgasbord. I definitely need to head back on a Wednesday night - they offer all you can eat prime rib!

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  1. I lived in Lancaster county for 4 years. After growing up in Philly with more flavorful foods, I was disappointed in the quality of food available in Lancaster county (who puts red gravy on a cheesesteak by default?!). Shady Maple made everything better by sheer quantity of choices.

    I no longer live in Lancaster county (I live in the Williamsport area, which makes me long for the food choices on Lancaster county), but even when I did, I could only go to Shady Maple a couple of times each year. Everything is so good, even when the dinner prices are highest (seafood and prime rib nights), that you don't want to stop eating. On a similar note, though, you know you're in the right place when they have a discount for people who've had gastric bypass surgery.

  2. We love it there. If you go away hungry it's you own fault. We go at least a couple times a year. Our daughter likes to go for her FREE Birthday Meal.

  3. @Nick: Without a doubt, if I consistently ate at Shady Maple, I would need several gastric bypass surgeries. I will definitely need to check out the prime rib and seafood nights.

    @Anon: I can't imagine anyone going hungry considering the sheer number of choices. I didn't realize they offered free birthday meals - will keep that in mind!

  4. They also offer 10% off for 60+, your meal is free on your birthday, and the price you pay at the register includes the tip (they add 8% for the tip). Much of the food is prepared from scratch.

  5. Always the best bet for Fantastic food.