Our History

Serving Authentic PA Dutch Meals Since 1969

family-style PA Dutch dining

Who We Are

In 1969, Christ and Dolly Lapp purchased a farmhouse to realize their dream of owning a restaurant. The couple’s goal was to serve fresh, homestyle PA Dutch meals to their friends and neighbors. We continue that tradition today by offering traditional PA Dutch food made from fresh ingredients that’s served with a smile and prices that are family-friendly.

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Christ and Dolly Lapp
Our founders, Christ and Dolly Lapp, receiving the the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Spirit of Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

 

Henry Winkler visits Good N' Plenty

Henry Winkler, “The Fonz” from TV’s Happy Days, stopped by for a visit.

Why Choose Us

Lancaster has many great sit-down restaurant, buffet, and smorgasbord choices. So why do folks choose to visit us? You can read our Google reviews, but we’ll summarize a few reasons here:

  • Fresh, homestyle cooking (the fried chicken is a guest favorite!)
  • All-you-can-eat family-style dining
  • Private tables for off-the-menu dining
  • Large dining area for groups and bus tours
  • Delicious pies and baked goods from our on-site bakery
  • Fast, friendly service
  • We’re a National and Local Favorite

    ✔ AAA Top 10 “Down Home Dining” restaurant

    ✔ Lancaster Newspapers reader favorite for “Best PA Dutch Cuisine”

    Flexible Dining Options

    You can try all-you-can-eat family style, order off the menu, or place an order for pick up with GNP To Go.

    Restaurant Timeline

    • 1871 – Farmhouse built that would become Good ’N Plenty Restaurant
    • 1969 – Christ and Dolly Lapp purchase farmhouse to make their dream of owning a restaurant come true
    • 1969 – Grand opening of Good ’N Plenty Restaurant with seating for 114 guests and family style dining
    • 1971 – Dutch Room was added to increase seating to 600 guests – word spread quickly of the delicious food and excellent service
    • 1976 – Christ opens the Bird In Hand Farmers’ Market
    • 1978 – Larger waiting room added
    • 1995 – Another addition and renovation to restaurant
    • 1995 – Open Harvest Room to accommodate small groups and business meetings
    • 2008 – Begin menu dining with the introduction of Harvest Platters
    • 2014 – Christ and Dolly receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • 2014 – GNP To GO introduced with expanded menu

    Petting Zoo & Playground

    After dinner, head outside to visit our petting zoo, next to the parking lot. The kids will love visiting and feeding the goats, sheep, and cows in the petting zoo. There are vending machines with animal feed available. We also have a playground area with swings and a slide if the kids need to work off some energy!

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    sheep and goats in petting zoo