In the heart of Illinois, one popular type of food is home-cooked Amish food. There's nothing more comforting than country-fried chicken, a bowl of mashed potatoes with homemade noodles drenched over it or a pan of home-baked dressing. There are a few restaurants in the central Illinois area that feature this type of cooking and is popular spots for tourists who come to visit.
- Yoder's Kitchen: Arthur, IL: http://yoderskitchen.net/
Yoder's Kitchen is famous for its buffet of Amish inspired foods. The buffet features country-fried chicken, homemade Amish noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and dressing. Some nights it will also serve buffet, party potatoes, goulash, popcorn shrimp and many others on the buffet too. Every now and then, Yoder's will mix it up soon. There is also a salad bar with offers two daily soups. If you don't want to eat from the buffet, there is also plenty of other choices from the menu to order too. Don't forget to try some of their famous handmade pies for dessert too. If you are too full, carry one home to go. Don't forget to stop by the gift store too. There are handmade items, crafts and a variety of other gifts that you can take home as a keepsake or give to someone special. The bakery also has plenty of delicious items that you can “take on the road.”
2. Roselen's Coffee & Delights: 1045 E Columbia St, Arthur, IL 61911
Located in Arthur, Illinois, this is one of the first and few Amish coffee shops in the area. It is ran by two sisters, Rose Plank and Lena Otto. Take some time to relax, enjoy some conversation and sip on one of their flavored coffee treats, a smoothie or latte. There are also sandwiches you can order as well as home-made soft-serve ice cream. While the shop is small and quaint, the flavors and smells that arrive from the coffee is just decadent. If you are coming through Arthur, be sure to stop by here to get your caffeine fix.
3. The Dutch Kitchen: 127 E Main St; Arcola, IL 61910-143
The Dutch Kitchen in Arcola is located just on the corner upon Main street. It is a hot tourist stop and a great place to eat your favorite comfort foods for the locals. Choose from daily specials such as chicken and noodles and country-fried chicken. Their food is Amish-inspired and home-made in their kitchen. You can order from a selection of sandwiches, order a dinner plate or skip a meal all together and go straight to dessert. Dutch Kitchen's homemade pies are the best and perfect to give as a gift too. Some of the homemade pies include peanut butter, strawberry, banana cream and coconut. When you come to dine here, you just might feel like you are eating some of your grandmother's home-style cooking.