Sarasota is the Proud Home of the Number 1 Buffet in the United States
Sarasota, Florida, has officially become the proud home of the No. 1 buffet in the entire United States. In a highly anticipated and fiercely competitive contest, Der Dutchman Restaurant emerged as the champion of the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards in May.
Der Dutchman Restaurant is part of Dutchman Hospitality, a renowned company headquartered in Walnut Creek, Ohio. Over half a century ago, Dutchman Hospitality introduced its first Der Dutchman Restaurant, showcasing a delightful array of dishes inspired by the traditional Amish and Mennonite traditions of the Midwest. Their menu boasted delectable offerings such as chicken, noodles, dressing, and mashed potatoes, paying homage to the rich culinary heritage of the region.
Since its inception in 1985 at 3727 Bahia Vista St., the Sarasota location has captivated the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike. This beloved establishment quickly gained popularity with its expansive buffet, a generous salad bar, and an inviting on-site bakery. Over the years, the restaurant has undergone remarkable growth to accommodate its diverse clientele, often resulting in long lines of eager diners eagerly awaiting their turn at the buffet. Dutchman Hospitality has also expanded its presence on the property, with the addition of the Carlisle Inn and Carlisle Gifts.
The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards encompass a wide range of categories, including food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, and things to do. A panel of experts meticulously curates the nominees, which are then presented to the public by a select group of 10 Best editors. Readers are granted the opportunity to cast their votes once a day per category for a period of four weeks.
When the voting concluded, Der Dutchman Restaurant in Sarasota emerged victorious, securing the prestigious title of the top buffet in the nation. This well-deserved recognition is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to providing exceptional dining experiences and its dedication to upholding the authentic flavors of the Midwest’s Amish and Mennonite traditions.
With the accolade in hand, Der Dutchman Restaurant stands proud as a culinary destination that captures the essence of Sarasota’s vibrant dining scene. Whether it’s the savory dishes, the tantalizing salad bar, or the mouthwatering creations from the on-site bakery, this establishment continues to leave a lasting impression on all who visit, cementing its reputation as the epitome of buffet excellence in the United States.
Photo from Der Dutchman website.