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  • by eeyore2123 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Das Essence Haus -- by far the BEST in GENUINE country, Amish cooking. Everything is served family style and in large portions, so come HUNGRY!
    Everyone who works at the Essence Haus is Amish. You are treated just like family! And, when you leave, if you're still hungry, then you've eaten at the wrong place. ;)

    I've been coming to this restaurant for the last 17 years -- making my pilgrimage from Kansas about once every year or so.

    Favorite Dish: Anything on the menu is fabulous, but my favorite is the roast beef, real mashed potatoes (and the butter that is made from the cows milk out in the barn yard behind the restaurant).

    To finish things off, a slice of homemade apple pie (apples are grown right on the property!) with the homemade vanilla ice cream (milk and creme are brought in from the cows in the barn behind the restaurant).

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Middlebury Local Customs

  • by eeyore2123 Written Oct 4, 2002

    Whatever you do, don't stare at the locals because they are driving horse and buggy (Amish folk). That is their way of life and they tend to become very offended when people stare or try to take pictures. Treat them kindly and you'll be part of the family. Some of the best people in the world -- esp. for cooking! :o)

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