Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yoder’s Restaurant, Sarasota, Florida

Somewhat surprisingly, there is a large Mennonite population in Sarasota and  one very well know place to eat is Yoder’s Restaurant ~ we’ve heard great reviews and stopped by today for lunch.
 
We arrived around 11:30am and there was quite the line – we waited about a half-hour to be seated. Brad had the fried chicken special, Suzanne a sandwich with homemade potato chips. Both – great! The staff and customers were a mix of Mennonite and non-Mennonite, and everyone was friendly and courteous. Yoder’s is known for its pie, but we were too full, so we have plans to go back!



Along with the restaurant, Yoder’s has an “Amish Village” (yes, that’s what it’s called even though the village is owned by Mennonites) which consists of a fresh market, produce stand and gift shop. We drove around the area a bit and it was a very much a Mennonite village -  many people riding tricycles, men with long beards/no mustaches, and women with bonnets and long dark dresses. 
 


This is definitely a place to visit when in the area, and to reiterate, yes, we’ll be back for pie! 
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

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