Friday, February 26, 2010

Shady Maple Celebrates 25 Years!

Shady Maple Smorgasbord - our pick for best buffet - ANY WHERE - three years in a row is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year with a special two week long feature menu starting March 1, 2010 and ending March 13th.

Shady Maple, of course, is always good but things are going to be turned up a notch (as some famous tv food guy likes to say) for their Silver Anniversary Celebration in the next two weeks. I was actually surprised when I saw that Shady Maple has only be around for 25 years with the opening of their original smorgasbord restaurant in 1985. I guess I knew this but it seems to me that I have been going to Shady Maple much longer than that. I still remember that original building with fondness - miss it, sometimes too. The building is still there in the front where the supermarket is - across the other side of the parking lot in the building that now is a furniture store. There are lines at Shady Maple now to get in, but back then there was one very long line that circled around the old lobby entrance room several times and then headed out the door. At some point a covered addition was added to the building to extend the line under cover and protection from the weather, but there were nights when the line filled that too and still headed out the end and outside. In 2000 the new, huge smorgasbord building was opened at the back of the property.

It is time for nostalgia but it is also time for some good eating. There will be some specials on the smorgasbord for lunch and dinner. Carved honey ham and smorgie cheesesteaks will be added every day at lunch and dinner. Monday to Thursday lunch goers will find fruit smoothies. At lunch and dinner on those days there will be waffles and ice cream covered in whipped cream! At dinner Monday to Thursday there will be TWO chocolate fountains - milk and dark chocolate - to dip all sorts of treats into. Every night at dinner there will be Shady Maple's famous delmonico steaks on the grill.

The celebration is not just food. There will be hourly drawings for prizes too. Each smorgasbord meal purchased gets you an entry form to the drawings. You must be 18 to enter and you must be present to win the hourly drawings. Prizes are items from the gift shop. There will also be a grand prize drawing on March 13th at 8 pm and all entries will be included in the grand prize drawing with many chances to win a bunch of great prizes from a group dinner for up to 25 people at the smorgasbord to gift cards. You don't have to be present to win one of the many grand prizes - but of course, you have to have purchased a meal during the two celebration weeks and submitted your entry form.

If you have been thinking about trying Shady Maple, this is the time to go. Remember it is just the next two weeks! Keep an eye on the Specails page of their website as they have something special just about every weekend during the winter/early Spring months.

Shady Maple Smorgasbord is located at 129 Toddy Drive in East Earl, PA. Take Route 23 East or Route 322 South to get to the restaurant. The phone numbers are 1-800-238-7363 and 717-354-8222. There is a website and it is listed at the side of this page.

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