Back in 1928 Anna Miller was serving chicken and waffles to truckers as her husband repaired their rigs. Eighty-three years later chicken and waffles have been added to the menu at Miller's Smorgasbord, 2811 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) in Ronks Pennsylvania, just a short drive from Lancaster.
I'll get to the food in a moment, as for the history, all you have to do is take a look at the walls where images from Lancaster County have been displayed. Before you touch the fork, or after eating is okay too, just take a quick stroll around the various dining rooms and look at the pictures and read the captions.
You'll see what the original Miller's looked like a well as life in the county so many years ago.
I'm told all items on the buffet are made right there at Miller's. This includes those decadent desserts. I had the heated apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and I was set for the week.
Of course you might not want to leave without trying a Pennsylvania Dutch favorite, the shoofly pie. But here I am talking about dessert and we haven't even discussed the main courses yet.
Some of the featured items include soups (try the vegetable), salads and breads (remember all three are homemade), carved beef and breast of turkey, grilled ham with cider sauce, fried chicken (my favorite), Boston bluefish, chicken pot pie and charbroiled meats and veggies.
This is all you can eat so go in hungry.
There are several ways to select the quantity of food you'll eat. One is the 'traditional full course smorgasbord,' where you get everything ($23.95). Then there's the 'soup, salad and bread smorgasbord' ($9.95 before 4pm). And also the 'starting at only $7.99' (ala carte with 7 selections).
Miller's seats about 470, but even with that on days like Mother's Day, Easter and Thanksgiving, you'll wait in line. The dining areas are casual, reservations are strongly suggested, it's open seven days serving all three meals on weekends, plenty of parking and there is a retail store so you can carry-out those tasty bakery items or souveniers. And for the fun of it, there's half a 1927 car in the lobby.
The restaurant must be a great place to work. I met two servers and both have been there for nearly 40 years. As a matter of fact, children of some of the long term employees are working there. This wasn't my first visit, maybe my fifth. It's one of my favorite places in Lancaster County.
For more information go to millerssmorgasbord.com, or call 717-687-6621.