When it comes to dining in Shipshewana, there’s no lack of places to test drive. Filled with Amish & Mennonite home-cooked and homemade food, the only problem you’ll have to deal with is where to go. Happily, I took one for the team and tried some of everything on my last visit. From giant snacks to all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets (and the Indiana State Pie!), here are my top picks for places to eat in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Blue Gate RestaurantBack to Top of List
Undoubtedly the most popular place to dine in, Shipshewana, the Blue Gate Restaurant is the place to go, compliments of its massive buffet. You’ll find several stations, including a salad and pie bars, but the main courses deserve an ovation. Including homemade noodles, chicken stuffing, gravy, potatoes, and the tastiest fried chicken I’ve ever tried, make sure to save your appetite before you go.
The Carriage HouseBack to Top of List
If you want to step up your Shipshewana Amish cuisine game, having an actual thrasher meal at an Amish home is the way to do it. The Carriage House in Topeka (just outside of Shipshewana) offers multi-course, home-cooked meals for tour bus groups, but if you are in town, make sure to call them. If there’s a group coming in, they’re happy to add you to the family-style meals and tables.
Millie’s Market CafeBack to Top of List
Located in the Davis Mercantile, Millie’s is the place to visit for lunch. During my time there, the relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful view of the mercantile’s antique carousel made for a lovely visit. The menu has a little bit of everything, including sandwiches, soup (my daughter loved the White Chicken Chili), and desserts, and each is affordably priced.
JoJo’s PretzelsBack to Top of List
If you’re looking for a little something lighter, head to JoJo’s Pretzels. Also located in the Davis Mercantile, it’s a super popular spot for good reason. Each pretzel is handmade and large enough to share. There’s plenty of indoor seating, but again, it’s the place to go for a snack, so you may have to wait a minute or two for a table or take yours to go.
Fireside Burgers & BrewBack to Top of List
If you want something different from Amish meals, LaGrange is the place to go for Fireside Burgers and Brew. Its theme is laidback and fun, and its menu is not so extensive that it’s impossible to choose. My picks are the homemade mac and cheese and tasty soups. Oh, and don’t forget to order a giant corn muffin to accompany your meal - it’s the gold star on the Fireside chart.