I finally made it to Dutch Kitchen over the weekend. After reading the previous posts in this thread, I wasn’t expecting much, but we were pleasantly surprised. I had the meatloaf and my cousin had the turkey dinner with stuffing, which he said was the best he has ever had. For dessert was peach pie and banana cake. Even the service was really good. All in all, a good experience and I would definitely go back.
My wife and I ate at the Dutch Kitchen last spring — totally unmemorable lunch. Literally. I have no memory of what I ate there, and I can tell you about restaurant meals I had when I was six. Don’t bother.
I’ll have to agree with this post. I was there recently and the food was average, the service wasn’t good, and we were the only people in the dining room at dinnertime.
I followed other recommendations from this site and was always happy – except this time. Ironically, this was the place that made the most of their mention in RoadFood -the book and review were prominently displayed near the register.
I thought it was just because I grew up in the area and am unimpressed by the local cuisine (the joke goes, "You know you’re from Pennsylvania if: the only spices you own are salt, pepper, and ketchup"). With your review I see I am not alone. Not worth the distance traveled from the exit.
My roommate and I recently made two visits to the Dutch Kitchen, once for breakfast and once for dinner. While we found the breakfast menu adequate and the food well-prepared, we were not as happy with our dinners. We find the diners/cafes in the Northeast lacking in selection of vegetables, especially compared to those in the South. However, we could have overlooked this flaw had we enjoyed friendly service with a dose of personality. Alas, what a lack!!! When I inquired about what was on the counter under the glass cake cover, the answer was, "Sugar Cookies" without further explanation. Now, let me say that we bought the last two they had and found them delicious and worth every bit of the $.50 per each price tag. They were about 3 inches in diameter and about an inch thick in the middle, tender, sweet, and tasty. Wouldn’t you think someone would have had enough salesmanship to provide a little history of such a delicacy?
But what really put us off was the total lack of service on both visits. At the first visit, breakfast, when the waitress did not return to replenish our coffee, I held up my cup, caught her eye, and smiled. I’m certain she saw me, but she never came back to our table.
Finally, I spoke to another waitress who brought us more coffee. When a third waitress brought our bill, we realized the total was incorrect in our favor by about half. When we pointed it out, we received lukewarm thanks.
On our return trip about two weeks later, we stopped in for dinner.
We thought we were in the morgue. It WAS a weeknight, but there was almost no one there, service was unfriendly, and there was no music, etc.
We just think that a restaurant that benefits from being included in such a well-read publication should be a little more appreciative of the publicity and a little more receptive to strangers.[:(!]
Dutch Kitchen, Frackville PA
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