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“Not quite what it used to be”

Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery
Ranked #2 of 26 Restaurants in Shipshewana
Price range: $8 - $16
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: When the newly built Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery opened it doors on August 4th, 2001 in Shipshewana, the entire town was invited over for dinner. As one of Indiana's largest restaurants, the Blue Gate comfortably seats 600 (more than the town's population). Built to reflect the surrounding community, the Blue Gate resembles a rambling white farmhouse, similar to those that dot the surrounding Amish coutnryside.An award winning restaurant serving a world famous Family-style meal that features pressure fried chicken and 3 other meats, real mashed potatoes, Amish noodles, plus lots of other sides and 25 varieties of pies to choose from
Reviewed December 7, 2012

We were traveling through from a business trip. Hadn't eaten good food all day. Really looking foward to a home cooked, sit down meal. Sought this place out as we had eaten there several times in the past years. I actually used to eat there occasionaly when they just opened and were small. We both were a bit dissapointed. The meal was ok potatoes were instant and runny, gravy made from bullion, we ordered family style and they brought us two wings a leg and two thighs, no breast. Upon request they did bring us a breast. The rest of the meal was not bad but not the homemade feel anymore. I will have to say their pie was fablous as usual they have not skimped on that quality at all a very nice size and delicious. Gift cards were for sale at the table never seen that before. I guess I am just a bit dissapointed as I remember when they were smaller and now they are a lot like their competition the Das Essenhouse in Middlebury--herd them in and herd them out .

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Thank Lee Ann B
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

We enjoyed lunch at the restaurant sharing the sampler plate. Of course, we loved the bread with the Amish Peanut Butter and Apple Butter. I bought a jar of the peanut butter to take home. It was a gloomy day, but the Christmas lights and decorations made for a wonderful afternoon.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Amish Peanut Butter is amazing on their fresh bread! We ordered the Cod which is on the menu for their Friday night fish fry. Yum! This was some of the best cod I had ever had and with light batter(Not Beer!) it did not taste greasy! Our server Ruth was really down to earth and friendly! Can't wait to go back! Bruce and Pam (Woodbury, Mn.)

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Thank Brucepamela
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Had lunch on Saturday following Thanksgiving. The thermometer was about 33 degrees outside and the clouds were spitting sleet. The Blue Gate was a warm place to be. We were in a party of 6 - there were several larger parties ahead of us. Total wait time was about 20 minutes.

Even after our names had been called there was a 5 minute wait at the service desk. The restaurant was packed with little space to maneuver. And it took several minutes before our waitress appeared to take our orders.

The food is tasty and has the appearance of genuine home cooking. Whether or not it was cooked flowing Amish customs we could not tell. But you certainly felt as though you were a guest in an Amish home.

Prices are reasonable although higher than other not-so-fancy restaurants nearby. In spite of obviously having a heavy guest load, all of the servers were very pleasant and went out if their way to chat with each table of guests.

This is a nice place for a full meal if you are not in a hurry. We've eaten here before and found today's experience consistent with a previous visit. We'll return again in the future, I'm sure.

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Thank Ernie B
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

The atomsphere put you in the Holiday spirit. The out side was decorations were splendid, so many lights. The restaurant was a buzz with many poeple, and so many different things to purchase for gifts. The meal was delish we tryed the Sampler. When we were ready to leave we stopped in the bakery. The peanut butter sandwich cookies are devine. Very enjoyable experience, friendly staff, fast service, good food and clean. A joyful evening!

Thank Kathleen P
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