Tourists And Locals Enjoy Mrs. Yoder's Amish Style Cooking
Since September 1994, Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen's Amish-style cooking has been delighting tourist and the local folks alike. Gloria Yoder (is the Mrs. in Mrs. Yoder's) together with her son Trent and co-owner/ manager Robert Burkholder work with nearly 65 employees to make sure you enjoy your fine meal at their restaurant. Gloria told me she knew "right out of high school" she wanted to have a career in something related to food. Having gone through all the 4-H food programs, she always thought a restaurant in Mt. Hope would be perfect. People told her there were too many obstacles in the way for her dream to come true. "Hey, when someone tells me I can't do something, that's when I work all the harder to make it happen," Gloria said. Finally, a house in Mt. Hope came up for sale at an auction, one next to it was soon for sale, and soon, though much hard work, all those "obstacles" faded away. The restaurant became a reality, and plates of mouth-watering food have been passing from kitchen to table ever since.
Nearly all the food prepared at Mrs. Yoder's is made form scratch, the old-fashioned way. The restaurant's "signature" item is their Broasted Chicken. Another favorite item is "Wedding Steak", a Gloria Yoder original. And, their wonderful mashed potatoes are most definitely not instant. "Yes, we use real potatoes," Robert said, "Because there are no lumps in them, people assume they're instant, but they aren't. If they want to see for themselves, we'll show 'em!"
In the early spring (sorry, it's too late for this year), you can get dandelion gravy at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen, and on occasion, pan fried domestic rabbit. In the fall, they normally buy a 4-H lamb at the Holmes County fair and serve leg of lab. Old-fashioned Rivel Soup - sometimes known as Depression Soup - and watercress on the salad bar are other favorites. "I like variety," Gloria said, "We try to feature new things and different specials on our menu."
In the winter, a Souper Salad Bar and dessert bar attracts customers, as do an occasional seafood buffet (this is well-known, far and wide), a Mexican buffet, and an Irish buffet in honor of Mrs. Yoder's heritage. Also, on Tuesdays during the winter months, Senior Citizens can take advantage of huge savings on selected items such as Swiss steak, fish, broasted chicken, or wedding chicken, between 4pm and 8pm.
How do you find out just when all these specials are taking place? Though Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen's website (www.mrsyoderskitchen.com) and on Facebook. That's how! The website features a printable, monthly calendar with all the specials, new and unique, posted for your reference. Our newsletter is posted as well. It includes articles about Mt. Hope's happenings and stories about Gloria's growing-up days, background, and memories. Folks really look forward to the newsletter each month. It conjures up good feelings and memories for many a reader. Don't forget to follow Mrs. Yoder's on Facebook and get a shot at various gift certificates given away periodically. All the latest news is just a click away!
Always-pleasing items on the menu include soups, salads, and a beautiful salad bar. Dinners include the aforementioned Broasted Chicken and Wedding steak, pot roast, turkey, pork shops, cod, ham, charbroiled chicken, country fried steak, chopped sirloin, breaded shrimp, and hand breaded chicken tenders (always a favorite with the kids!) A long list of side dishes is available to accompany your meals. Sweet potato fries are one of my favorites: if you havent' tried them yet, you simply must! Or you may want to try our buffet, which features our stand-by of Broasted chicken, tender roast beef, and mashed potatoes. Plus new dishes, like stuffed pepper loaf, cabbage casserole, (a customer favorite) and country beef steak. "We try to include new items in on a weekly basis." added Robert. As for desserts, you'll be in pie heaven at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen! How about a slice of: apple, cherry, custard, coconut cream, raisin cream, peanut butter cream, black raspberry, pecan, or a sugar-free option! of course, you can "ala mode" it with some delicious ice cream. Amish- style date-nut pudding is also on the dessert menu, plus old-fashioned cracker pudding, angle food cake, sundaes, and a Turtle Sundae Pie (now this is definitely worth a trip to Mt. Hope!)
Include Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen on the itinerary of your next trip to Amish Country. If you don't have a trip planned in the future, you should! And if you’re one of the fortunate people who live nearby and can visit the restaurant anytime, do so soon. I believe they have a place at the table just for you! Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen, SR 241, Mt. Hope, OH 44660 (330) 674-0922 Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7am–8pm Breakfast buffet, Wednesday and Saturday 7am–10:30am