Der Dutchman, a Sarasota hot spot, voted the Best Buffet in America

exterior of a large amish restaurant and bakery

Der Dutchman, one of the most celebrated restaurants in Sarasota, is about a 60 minute drive from downtown Tampa. According to USA Today, it is certainly worth the trip. The outlet recently released its list of the 10 best buffets in America, and Der Dutchman came in at number 1.

“Situated in Pinecraft, an Amish neighborhood in Sarasota, Der Dutchman is a popular restaurant offering a daily buffet that combines quantity and quality,” writes USA Today’s editors. “Diners can enjoy a wide variety of options, including their unique dish of noodles over mashed potatoes.”


Their lunch buffet ($16.99) offers the family’s famous broasted chicken and homestyle meats, real mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar and more. The dinner buffet ($17.99) features broasted chicken, juicy roast beef, ham and turkey, stuffing, real mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green beans, homemade noodles, and salad bar.

bakery at an amish restaurant. Doughnuts, cookies, slices of pie visible on the shelves.
No visit to Der Dutchman is complete without a trip to the bakery

Der Dutchman’s broasted chicken is marinated, breaded and broasted under pressure to create a crispy outside, and juicy inside.

The real showstopper has to be the all-you-can-eat Amish Country Breakfast ($12.99). The menu includes favorites like fried mush, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy potatoes, hash browns, pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, grits, fruit slush, yogurt, fresh fruit, and fresh pastries.


Der Dutchman is located at 3713 Bahia Vista St. See their full menu and hours online.

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