10 Restaurants You Might Be Surprised To Find In PA Dutch Country

March 16, 2015

Although Lancaster County is most associated with traditional Pennsylvania Dutch tourist attractions
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and eateries, it may surprise you to know we’ve got much more than buggy rides and shoofly pies. If you’re in the mood for food with international flavor during your stay in Lancaster County, here’s a list of ten restaurants that feature cuisines from various cultures across the globe.

Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen
Located in Columbia (about a half hour drive from the Historic Smithton Inn), Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen has been bringing the tastes of New Orleans to Lancaster County since 1990. It also offers guests the opportunity to experience unique, southern-style entertainment from bluegrass to Motown scattered throughout each month. The menu and a list of this month’s entertainers can be found on their website.

La Borimex
La Borimex offers outstanding authentic Mexican dishes such as costillas fritas, chicken and steak chilaquiles, and more. The restaurant also has various taco and quesadilla options among others. For dessert, guests can delve into a dish of fried ice cream or consider other menu options. Located in Ephrata, La Borimex is less than a ten-minute drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Aromas del Sur
The welcoming and friendly staff add to the genuine Colombian atmosphere at Aromas del Sur, where you can order authentic Colombian fare in the Borough of Ephrata.  Just a three -minute ride from the Historic Smithton Inn, Aromas del Sur welcomes you to bring your own alcoholic beverages, as well. To peruse the menu, which includes gluten-free options, stop by or check out the restaurant’s website.

Addisu Ethiopian Restaurant and Grocery
If you’re in the mood to try something completely different, you may want to consider AddisuEthiopian Restaurant in Lancaster. This restaurant serves real Ethiopian dishes, many made to be eaten with your hands. Or, if you know someone who would love an Ethiopian dining experience, the restaurant also offers gift certificates.

JoBoy’s Brew Pub 
If you’re searching for southern charm, look no further than Joboy’s Brew Pub in Lititz. It’s the perfect spot for southern-style barbeque and handcrafted beer. The menu features various smoked masterpieces, and there’s always a variety of unique beers on tap.

La Costeña Peruvian Restaurant
La Costeña Restaurant brings seaside recipes of the Peru to Lancaster City, giving guests a unique Peruvian dining experience. The menu features a large selection of Peruvian specialties from causa rellena to lomo saltado.

La Dolce Vita Courthouse Bakery
Located in downtown Lancaster, La Dolce Vita is a family-run Italian bakery and pastry shop. In addition to its breads, cakes, and other sugary treats, La Dolce Vita also offers Italian sandwiches and salads that make ideal lunches for those on the go as they take in the many sites of Lancaster City.

Upohar Ethnic Cuisines
Upohar Ethnic Cuisines specializes in international vegetarian and vegan food with a menu that varies daily. The restaurant takes pride in providing employment opportunities to refugees in the Lancaster community and often features menu items related to their cultures and heritages. To see the latest menu, visit the Upohar Ethnic Cuisines website.

Himalayan Curry & Grill
Another unique restaurant located in Lancaster City, Himalayan Curry and Grill is an excellent spot for Indian cuisine and Nepalese food. With a buffet option, guests are able to try a taste of nearly everything the restaurant has to offer. This quaint restaurant also has takeout options and options for vegetarians.

Ma(i)son
Established in 2011, Ma(i)son  is a family-owned, “old country” inspired urban cookery located right in Lancaster City, featuring a unique name that blends the French word for “home” with the family name, Mason. The family utilizes Lancaster County resources in all of their meals, with a menu that changes weekly due to the availability of those resources.

So the next time you’re staying in Lancaster County, do yourself a favor and take advantage of what at least one of these unique, inspirational eateries has to offer.

Happy dining!



By Rebecca Gallagher, Innkeeper

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