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Dutch Kitchen

Route 61, Frackville, PA - (570) 874-3265
Posted By Michael Shelley on 2/3/2008 5:43:00 PM
Our meal at Dutch Kitchen (which we didn't really enjoy) led us to a long discussion about what Roadfood is. There are plenty of restaurants in my town that I enjoy regularly (and are right off the parkway), but I would never say "If you're passing by exit 148 you must try this restaurant."

I think Roadfood restaurants need to offer the quintessential version of a dish or cuisine, or a truly original spin. They're places to look forward to, offering a unique experience. The Dutch Kitchen was not that on our most recent visit.

Here's what we had: chicken pot pie with the salad bar and applesauce, and eggs with potatoes and scrapple. The salad bar was a disappointment. Most of it did not appear to be made here; there was just the usual macaroni salad, canned beets, chickpeas, etc. There was some chowchow but it didn't taste any different from the supermarket kind. There was homemade bread, which was fine but nothing special. The pot pie (which has no crust) was lacking in chicken and vegetables; it was mostly a dish of gelatinous sauce and dumplings. The applesauce on the side was regular supermarket applesauce.

The eggs, potatoes, and toast were all normal diner variety, nothing worth going out of your way for, or worth recommending this place over the thousands of other places that do a fine job with those standbys. This was my first experience with scrapple; I guess it was good. It kind of tasted like a slightly livery finely minced corned beef hash.

The bottom line is we thought the Dutch Kitchen was the kind of place you might go to if you lived nearby and found something here you liked, but not the kind of place to satisfy Roadfood expectations.

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A frequent specialty of the house, this casserole contains big hunks of sweet pink ham, silky cabbage, and soft potatoes.  Talk about comfort food!
"A frequent specialty of the house, this casserole contains big hunks of sweet pink ham, silky cabbage, and soft potatoes. Talk about comfort food!"
Michael Stern





Ample and delicious, nicely seasoned and deep fried so its crisp and hot, but not greasy.  Potatoes and gravy were smooth, rich and comfort-good!
"Ample and delicious, nicely seasoned and deep fried so its crisp and hot, but not greasy. Potatoes and gravy were smooth, rich and comfort-good!"
Eileen Charbonneau


A hunk of corn bread comes alongside the casseroles.  It is moist, flavorful, and nearly as sweet as cake.
"A hunk of corn bread comes alongside the casseroles. It is moist, flavorful, and nearly as sweet as cake."
Michael Stern


The Dutch kitchen roasts whole turkeys every day for turkey dinner.  The slices are set atop homemade filling, and the mashed potatoes are REAL.
"The Dutch kitchen roasts whole turkeys every day for turkey dinner. The slices are set atop homemade filling, and the mashed potatoes are REAL."
Michael Stern


Twelve flavors of local creamery including coconut, Bordeaux cherry, peach, blue berry social, nitty paws and cotton candy.  A fresh, creamy delight!
"Twelve flavors of local creamery including coconut, Bordeaux cherry, peach, blue berry social, nitty paws and cotton candy. A fresh, creamy delight! "
Eileen Charbonneau


Cream Chip Beef over toast is the weekend breakfast special at Dutch Kitchen.
"Cream Chip Beef over toast is the weekend breakfast special at Dutch Kitchen."
Cliff Strutz


We tried several pies, the best of which was the sweet, sticky, homemade shoofly pie.
"We tried several pies, the best of which was the sweet, sticky, homemade shoofly pie."
Cliff Strutz


A single slice of scrapple is a large portion size, dwarfing the accompanying sausage patty.
"A single slice of scrapple is a large portion size, dwarfing the accompanying sausage patty."
Cliff Strutz


A big family dining room with tables has been added, but you can still eat at counter or in booths of the original dining car that was the Dutch Diner in 1971.
"A big family dining room with tables has been added, but you can still eat at counter or in booths of the original dining car that was the Dutch Diner in 1971."
Michael Stern


'Wilcom' says the sign heralding the Dutch Kitchen.
"'Wilcom' says the sign heralding the Dutch Kitchen."
Michael Stern


The Dutch kitchen started as a small diner, which is now almost completely enclosed by the larger restaurant and dining room.  For travelers along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania, it is a landmark.
"The Dutch kitchen started as a small diner, which is now almost completely enclosed by the larger restaurant and dining room. For travelers along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania, it is a landmark."
Michael Stern



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