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Shady Maple Smorgasbord Inc

(717) 354-8222 www.shady-maple.com

129 Toddy DriveEast Earl, PA 17519 map it »

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BEST buffet EVER!!!!, 4/09/2011

Do you like fresh food? Do you like hot food? Do you want to be able to pick from over 20 different beverages including slushes to go with dinner? Do you like food made to order? Do you want a FREE... birthday meal on your birthday? Then you want to go to Shady Maple. Today is my birthday and I always go there for my free meal as well as when it is not my birthday. It is a 30 min drive from my house and I would not drive some where that far if it was not worth it. It is like the Willy Wonka of buffets! Clean and nice atmosphere and an experience like no other.

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great experience, 2/24/2011

all the people were very friendly, so much food to choose from you have to go back again and again to try...

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by mzjasmin at Citysearch

BEST buffet EVER!!!!

Do you like fresh food? Do you like hot food? Do you want to be able to pick from over 20 different beverages including slushes to go with dinner? Do you like food made to order? Do you want a FREE birthday meal on your birthday? Then you want to go to Shady Maple. Today is my birthday and I always go there for my free meal as well as when it is not my birthday. It is a 30 min drive from my house and I would not drive some where that far if it was not worth it. It is like the Willy Wonka of buffets! Clean and nice atmosphere and an experience like no other.

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by michelekn at Menuism

great experience

all the people were very friendly, so much food to choose from you have to go back again and again to try...

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Gail M.

AMAZING!

This has to be the largest buffet type restaurant I've every seen! The food is awesome. It was $10.38 for lunch (includes all food, drink and tip). ...

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by RJones at Menuism

Worth the Drive

Shady Maple is a destination worth the drive. The buffet is huge, although part of the size is the food...

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Guest G.

Fantastic!

HUGE restaurant, adequate space for busloads of tourists and locals alike, tasty food, great service, clean restrooms. The gift shop down stairs is en...

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Guest G.

gourmet apple bread

would love to find a recipe for the gourmet apple bread they serve at shady maple, anyone have one?

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by aesw813 at Citysearch

wonderful pa dutch food

The food here is wonderful - always fresh and delicious. Breakfast is my personal favorite meal, but the food at all meals is excellent. My husband and I try to eat here as often as we can when back in PA to visit family.

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by Louisey at Citysearch

AVOID THIS PLACE-- DON'T EAT AT SHADY MAPLE----- WARNING!!!!!! PLEASE READ************

ALERT ALERT.....Please be forewarned.....I went to this Shady Maple with 2 of my business associates two weeks ago....Two of us got very sick from eating there....When we finished eating we noticed there were hundreds of flying insects around the dessert buffet table....It was so horrible and nauseating to see...The management did not seem to care when we complained.....We respectfully asked for our money back and they outwardly refused....They are the absolute worst there and treat their customers horribly....I would never ever recommend eating there unless you wanted to become ill as 2 of us became....The worst, absolute worst thing about this whole nightmare was the management DID NOT EVEN CARE IF WE GOT SICK !!!!!! Please stay away from this place....its really not worth it......Thank You

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by aljan3 at Citysearch

Excellent food from the salads to the desserts.

On Monday we were advised by a saleman to have lunch at Shady Maple. (We are out of town people). We did and were delighted with the recommendation. The food choices were excellent: beef, chicken, fish, vegetables and desserts were delicious! In fact everything from the salad to the desserts were outstanding. We are now commited to having lunch at Shady Maple everytime we travel to VFO in Reading. The 15 mile side trip will be a wonderful addition to our 2 hour drive from home. The neat, clean, courteous and pleasing atmosphere was very much appreciated as well. Many thanks!!\rJan Kroemmelbein

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by pahorsegirl at Citysearch

Still the best after all the years..

This place has only changed is size over the 24+ years i've been going!!!!!! I remember going and waiting in line for over an hour, and every second was worth the wait. This is a place I went to when I was a kid and now take MY children and enjoy the looks on their face when they see all the wonderful food. There is no other place that compairs to the polite staff and wonderful food.

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by sdgil at Citysearch

Should be against the law.

This place is so full of great food you can't even begin to sample the stuff you will enjoy before you are fuller than you ought to be in the first place--but there is still so much you want to taste.\r\rI have been to buffet restaurants and mostly the food that sits on a steam table is not very good.\r\rThis place has 4 separate grills always cooking with german sausages, fajitas, marinated chicken breasts, a couple kinds of fish, and whatever else they can fit on all that massive grilling surface. You have stuff that is fresh and hot.\r\rOf course, the selection of freshly-fried foods like butterflied shrimp and hush puppies will bloat you, and the vegetable table is usually very good. Hot entrees are quite good, and there is always a variety of authentic Penn Dutch food on the buffet, not just pork & kraut or shoofly pie. \r\rShady Maple is also a bakery. The apple bread is a house specialty. Get a little cup of apple butter to dip in.\r\rThe desserts are mostly mass produced. Apple pie is quite good, and Turkey Hill softserve is right there. But you should be full before you ever think about dessert, so no need for disappointment at the dessert bar.\r\rI guess I'm down on Penn Dutch dessert because I don't care for shoofly pie--it's some mixture of brown sugar, molasses and sawdust I think. But if it says Turkey Hill on it it's probably yummy.\r\rGo on your birthday and eat free.

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by wed1mmaus at Citysearch

The absolute best of everything. Food, Service, Selection, Cleanlinest. 10+ on everything

The food here is the best cooking, next to mine, that I have ever tasted. Pure down-home from breakfast to dinner. The extent of the items is inexhaustable. I have never found any item to be substandard. PERFECTION is the name of the game. TASTE, unequaled. If great tasting hardy food is for you, this is the PLACE. What else can I say except A+A+A+A+A+++. The prices are very reasonable for the smorgasbord that is yours to select from. The old saying ""Soup to Nuts"", does not even come close. Please do yourself a favor. TRY IT. Just a little added touch. The drive and scenic beauty of the area is lovely. The GOODS Store and the Shady Maple Market, all on the premises, are an added bonus and delight. Make it a day you will cherish. Call for times of the Goods store and Market. Some days they close early. I believe around 5:oo, You do not want to miss any of this. Also, I almost forgot. the beautiful gift shoppe, below the restaurant. All of this in addition to the A+A+A+ food, will give you a wonderful day in Pennsylvanis Dutch Country. ENJOY!

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Lori T.

Very Popular Place

Shady Maple is a huge Smorgasbord located on Route 23 in Blue Ball, PA, near Lancaster County. They have a vast dining area with accodations for bus...

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Kathy H.

The famous smorgasbord

The Shady Maple is the most famous smorgasbord restaurant in the Lancaster County area. If people don't know any other place in Lancaster, they have h...

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by qpr01 at Citysearch

User review by qpr01

Can be extremely busy. Long lines just to get in. Food iv good, though. I feel it is a little expensive.

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