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“Stay AWAY From Grandmas Homestead!”
Review of Grandma's Homestead Restaurant - CLOSED

Grandma's Homestead Restaurant
Cuisines: American, Dutch, European
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Waitstaff
Bartlett
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stay AWAY From Grandmas Homestead!”
Reviewed 2 September 2010

My family and I went to Grandma's Homestead to eat while we were visiting the WONDERFUL amish country. When we walked through the doors we were pleased, when our server got there we were pleased, when we got our food we were pleased, but as we were eating our food we were STARTLED. An older blonde woman (I'm guessing the owner) showed up and for the rest of our meal all we heard were negative comments to the servers and cooks. She was outrageously loud and everyone in the entire place could hear her. She was not nice. We later found out from our waitress that he name is Anne. Stay away from Grandma's Homestead, only due to the owner.

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English first
Dallas, Texas
1 review
“Great experience!”
Reviewed 5 August 2010

My family visited this nice restaurant on our trip to Ohio. The service and food were great! Good value as well. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Thank StuckinTexas098
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Millersburg, Ohio
2 reviews
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“Stay out of this restaurant to ensure you don't get ripped of.”
Reviewed 5 July 2010

Helpings are small, the price is sky high, the quality is that of a 2 year old cooking. Don't even think about this place!

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Thank emanuelyoder
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Huron, Ohio
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5 reviews
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“Nice restaurant tucked away in Amish Country”
Reviewed 5 July 2010

My husband had a buffet which offered a small, but godo variety of some of the Amish favorite foods common in many of the restaurants. He got a bonus free dessert with this and we thought it was an exceptional value. I ordered the meatloaf and it was exceptional! Our waitress was Amish and was very polite and helpful.

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Thank IrenieTraveller
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cincinnati, ohio
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“Real Food, Real Amish, Real Good”
Reviewed 29 June 2010

During my travels over the years, there are two criteria I use when selecting a place to eat: #1 is always select a place with a lot of Senior Citizens because they won't settle for bad food and can't afford high prices, one immediately knows the food is good and the prices are cheap; and, #2 is when in Amish country, always look for a restaurant that has a lot of buggies tied up out back, which tells you pretty much the same thing, that the food is good, actually "homemade", and not outrageously priced. Enter Grandma's Homestead Restaurant.
Location: west side of Twp. Rte. 557, which is the main street, at Number 4450, south end of the village, Charm, Holmes County, Ohio which is a somewhat wider spot in the road than average around this neck of the woods. Charm, Ohio is 5 or so miles south of Berlin, Ohio and 6 or 8 miles southeast of Millersburg, the county seat, all of which are about 60 or so miles east of Columbus, and the area is commonly known as Ohio Amish Country. Pull around the south side of the building to park in their lot, a rather unique venue considering that 1/3 of the lot is set aside for horses and their buggies. Be careful where you walk enroute to the front door.
Menu: Unlike so many of the "alleged" Amish restaurants hereabouts, the cooking here is actually "homecooking". Since so many local people actually eat here, the customer base is actually local not tourist based, therefore the cooking is aimed at local tastes and preferences, which is exactly the reason one goes to a place like this, to sample the true "taste" of this culture and community. There were several specials on a chalkboard when we walked in, including a buffet located in the back dining room. I opted for the pork and kraut special which came with a couple sides, I ordered noodles and green beans. A standard dinner plate showed up full of kraut with a substantial order of pork on top .The kraut was obviously locally made because it was crisp and mellow, unlike canned kraut which is usually soggy and acidic from being in the can. What surprized me was a lack of caraway seed, traditional with German/Swiss kraut. I was also surprized at the lack of seasoning in the food until I considered the source - this is plain food for plain people and seasonings have always been considered an extravagance. The noodles were traditional, about an eighth of an inch wide and thick (Lehman's Hardware, Kidron, Ohio, purveyor of all things Amish, has a noodle cutter if you're interested, looks like a rolling pin with ridges), cooked in a chicken base and were very salty - just the opposite of the blandness of everything else. The green beans may have been local also, not sure, they just didn't look like commercially canned green beans. Again, the plainness - there was no bacon in the green beans, something I'm not used to.
Service and Staff: Service will never be bad in a Mennonite restaurant. You have to understand Mennonite history and custom to appreciate the significance of the service. All Amish are Mennonites, but not all Mennonites are Amish. About 150 years after the founding of the sect during the Reformation, a group broke off in a arguement over shunning, the action of cold-shouldering someone in the church who breaks a church rule, following Jacob Ammann and set up their own sect. Today, the Amish are the ones you see in the buggies holding to the old ways, the Mennonites have moved more into the modern day, driving cars and using electric. One of the major tenets of Mennonism today is to serve God by serving man. This is why you see so many cap wearing ladies as waitresses and other service related jobs. You will also find them in hospitals, daycares, et.al. So the next time you have dinner at a Mennonite-based restaurant, remember that the waitress wearing the cap is serving God by serving you and act accordingly.
Price: Cost per person was about the same as any "English" restaurant.
Remember: There's a double -columned board on the wall of the pies available today - NO ONE has ever had a bad piece of pie in Holmes County, particularly me.

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1 Thank bassbum
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