Sarasota restaurant voted No.1 best buffet in the country by USA TODAY

A Sarasota business with nearly four decades of history in the area has been voted the best buffet restaurant in the country.

The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Sarasota has been chosen as the No. 1 buffet in the country as a result of voting by the readers of USA TODAY in the publication's 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest conducted during the month of May.

"Situated in Pinecraft, an Amish neighborhood in Sarasota, Der Dutchman is a popular restaurant offering a daily buffet that combines quantity and quality," reads the entry by USA TODAY, which is a sister publication of the Herald-Tribune. "Diners can enjoy a wide variety of options, including their unique dish of noodles over mashed potatoes."

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Der Dutchman Restaurant is at 3713 Bahia Vista St. in Sarasota.
Der Dutchman Restaurant is at 3713 Bahia Vista St. in Sarasota.

Featuring foods that celebrate the Amish and Mennonite traditions of the Midwest, the first Der Dutchman Restaurant opened 54 years ago in the town of Walnut Creek, Ohio. In 1985, the family-owned company opened the Der Dutchman in Sarasota.

"In addition to a varied menu, Der Dutchman Restaurants continue to serve delicious, traditional foods including broasted chicken, noodles, dressing, and real mashed potatoes, all of which are included on the mouthwatering hot buffet at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Sarasota," reads a statement issued by Der Dutchman.  "Visitors can enjoy the extensive buffet and salad bar or choose from the menu, and it is highly recommended to save room for a delectable slice of pie or a scrumptious, freshly-made pastry, from the on-site bakery."

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Der Dutchman Restaurant, at 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, including about their signature Carlisle Inn and Carlisle Gifts on the same property, call 941-955-8007 or visit dhgroup.com. Der Dutchman Restaurants are part of Dutchman Hospitality Group, a family-owned company headquartered in Walnut Creek, Ohio, that includes restaurants, inns, shops, and a theater, in Ohio, Indiana and Florida.

For USA TODAY'S 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, nominees are submitted by a panel of experts. 10Best editors narrow the field to select the final set of nominees for the Readers’ Choice Awards. Readers can vote once per category, per day. For any questions or comments, please read the FAQ or email USA TODAY 10Best.

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Wade Tatangelo is Ticket Editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Florida Regional Dining and Entertainment Editor for the USA TODAY Network. Follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. He can be reached by email at wade.tatangelo@heraldtribune.com. Support local journalism by subscribing.​​​​​​

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