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Das Dutchman Essenhaus

240 U.S. 20, PO Box 1217, Middlebury, IN 46540
574 825 9471
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Ranked #2 of 21 restaurants in Middlebury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Dessert
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bryan, OH
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This spacious, welcoming "barn" restaurant features an extensive buffet of down-home, stick-to-your-ribs fare: fried chicken, roast beef, ham, soups, cheesy casseroles, hot veggies, etc. The salad bar offers a few unusual items, including diced chicken. The desserts are sweet and satisfying, though the homemade pies are not included. There are also menu and family-style options, but I can't speak for... More

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Troy, Mi
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Had a great chicken dinner here, just like Grandma used to make. Good food and good prices. Also had a little bakery in the back with wonderful pastries.

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Gardendale, Alabama
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I had a memorable meal, served both family style...the hot dishes just keep coming, or you may choose from the menus. After waddling away! We walked the in tire area, the shops were perfect, with something for everyone. And lastly to the Essenhaus bakery! Where we loaded up on fresh baked bread and pies!! I know I still groan at... More

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Crestwood, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Had the buffet dinner and what a meal it was. For all you can eat at $12.95 you can't complain. The salad bar was stocked with everything you would want to add to your salad and then more. The hot part of the buffet was delicious from fried chicken, roast beef, ribs and turkey with plenty of sides to choose... More

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Sterling Heights, MI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The restuarant offeres an all you can eat buffet, as well as menu dining. I went with friends, and we chose the buffet. There was a salad bar, a choices of soups and then the main buffet. There were several meats, and side dishes. The broasted/ fried chicken was quite good, as were the cheesy potatoes. The chicken flavored noodles... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A good choice if you are visiting Shipshewana. We recently had a family reunion and chose this as our restaurant. The food is very filling and offers a lot of what I think of as comfort food. Their shoo y pie is my teenage daughters favorite. They also offer baked goods, and amish noodles,etc in the attached shop.The Inn which... More

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Greenville
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76 reviews 76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It was a busy Wednesday after the Shipshewana Flea Market. Difficult to find parking even. As I was a single, I was invited to eat at the lunch counter. They have daily specials and a full menu. Everything is good! Had to stop at the bakery too. Their pies are outstanding. Crumbly crusts and great fillings!

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Okeana, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stayed in Shipshewana on our way to Michigan. A friend had suggested meeting us at Essenhaus; however, when the time came he could not make it. Since we did not remember where we had eaten the last time we went through this town we decided to go where he had originally suggested we meet. We were sure glad we... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I had not eaten here in years so we stopped in for dinner and it is as good as it used to be. We had the buffet and they have a nice selection of food. I tried the steak and it was so tender that I could cut it with my fork. We had a 20 minute wait but it... More

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Richmond, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We ate at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus on July 4th. We were staying at the Essenhaus Inn, and were glad that the front desk can call in a reservation. We were seated immediately and opted for the buffet, instead of the family style serving. The food was delicious, though my husband said he was disappointed, only in the fact that... More

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