Midwest Living Review
Der Dutchman, which has been in business more than 40 years, still occupies its original hilltop location in Walnut Creek. It has been enlarged several times, and its exterior currently has the farmhouse look adopted by many tourist-oriented businesses throughout Amish Country. But two things at the eatery have never changed: its panoramic view of neat-as-a-pin farms in the nearby Goose Bottom Valley and the hearty, Amish-style food that has lured diners since Der Dutchman opened its doors. It's easy to see why this might just be Amish Country's signature restaurant. The cavernous dining room has a wall of windows, and folks who snag a window table get to take full advantage of the view. The decor is classic colonial meets Amish Country, with brass chandeliers offset by plain, locally made oak tables and chairs. Table-settings are family-ready, topped with flannel-backed vinyl tablecloths and plastic bottles filled with an Amish concoction of peanut butter, marshmallow crme and corn syrup to spread on light, fluffy dinner rolls. Kids love it. The menu consists of traditional chicken, ham, and roast beef dinners accompanied by tried-and-true side dishes of mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans and creamed corn. You can also get Amish standards like homemade noodles, date pudding, and fruit and cream pies, and the long salad bar practically groans with Amish favorites like ham salad, pickled beets with hardboiled eggs, and pea-and-cheddar-cheese salad. Eat family-style ($13 to $17 per person) or take advantage of the affordable dinner buffet ($13 for adults, $7 for children). If you aren't bursting from the down-home cooking, check out the in-house bakery selling pies, cakes, bread and rolls.