It’s your pick at Amish Door

The coleslaw. No, maybe the slow-roasted pork. Oh, wait. I forgot about the broasted chicken. Picking a favorite dish at The Amish Door Restaurant is next to impossible, so instead, I’ll give you my “don’t-miss” list.

The coleslaw. No, maybe the slow-roasted pork. Oh, wait. I forgot about the broasted chicken. Picking a favorite dish at The Amish Door Restaurant is next to impossible, so instead, I’ll give you my “don’tmiss” list. It’s ridiculously long, so repeat visits may be necessary.

The Amish Door Restaurant & Village is in Wilmot, on the southern edge of Stark County. The sprawling complex includes an inn, conference center, dinner theater, gift shops, deli and bakery. Tidy white buildings are positioned to offer a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and patchwork farm fields.

The restaurant menu features the made-from-scratch comfort food for which Amish and Mennonite restaurants are famous. A true broasted chicken, which is difficult to find these days, is done to perfection here. The combination of crisp coating and juicy, flavorful meat is addictive.

Equally appealing are the slow roasted pork and beef, cooked until meltingly tender, then deftly seasoned. Dinner portions are lumberjack-appropriate, and include side dishes.

Choosing can cause consternation — creamy mashed potatoes or broasted wedges? Homemade noodles or stuffing with gravy? I heartily recommend the coleslaw, finely grated and mixed with a German-style vinegar dressing rather than a creamy one.

amish_cookiesThe salad bar includes the don’t-miss Amish broccoli and cauliflower salad, finely chopped and mixed with bacon and a slightly sweet, creamy dressing. Another must-try is the cranberry salad, sweet and tart and studded with pineapple and nuts.

The salad bar includes the much-touted graham cracker pudding, with alternating layers of vanilla pudding and graham cracker crumbs. It’s creamy and delicious, but with so many other desserts to choose from, including 20 kinds of pie, it didn’t rate my gotta-have-it nod.

Meals include warm rolls, which are delicious alone, but ambrosial when paired with the intensely flavored, thick apple butter. Deep tubs of the cinnamon-scented spread — regular and sugar-free — are featured at the salad bar.

Instead of ordering dessert in the restaurant, head next door to the bakery, where the portions are larger and the prices lower. Amish bakers are not known for a light hand with the sugar, so I wasn’t surprised that the oatmeal raisin cookies and the chocolate chip cookies were too sweet for my taste. I much preferred the moist pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling. Another top-notch choice is the date nut pudding, which isn’t pudding at all, rather an über-moist date cake soaked in butterscotch sauce and topped with whipped cream.

Hosts and servers were so welcoming it was as if they were inviting us into their own home. Simply charming.

If you go …
THE DETAILS

The Amish Door Restaurant & Village 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot 330-359-5464 888-264-7436
Open: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m.

FROM THE MENU

3-piece broasted chicken dinner $10.59
Slow-cooked roast beef dinner $11.39
Salad bar $7.99
Sampler platter (chicken, beef, ham, sides, plus salad bar) $11.99 small, $13.99 large
Trail bologna and Swiss sandwich with soup $6.89
Pumpkin roll $2.29
Warm apple dumpling $3.59
See the entire menu at www.amishdoor.com

WHILE YOU’RE THERE

After dining, head upstairs to a gallery showcasing artwork and crafts, then walk over to the Amish Door Village Shops to browse through an impressive selection of home-decorating items and unusual gifts. On the lower level, you’ll find bulk foods, snacks, kitchen gadgets, a deli and a small toy shop.

ON THE WAY

If you’re heading to the Amish Door in Wilmot, stop in Brewster at the Grandma Shearer’s Outlet Store. You’ll find all your favorites at rock-bottom prices, plus seconds and overruns. Recent deal: 3-pound bags of tortilla chips for $2, and 2-pound bags of rippled potato chips for $1. 692 N.Wabash Ave., Brewster. 330-767-3426.