Das Dutchman Essenhaus is about 15 miles down the road in Middlebury. It is a complex of shops, a hotel (which is a lovely place to stay), and a great restaurant. The restaurant is divided into 2 parts - a family style restaurant and a section where you can order off the menu.
We usually eat in the family style restaurant. For $17 dollars you get all you can eat of salad (they have the best sweet and sour dressing!), homemade bread, drink, chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, Amish noodles, dressing, green beans...... ummm. The chicken is crispy and juicy and the roast beef is pull apart tender. (It is much better than a Frankenmuth chicken dinner, in my opinion, and you get much more for the money.)
AND dessert is included. A huge list of homemade pies! We usually are so stuffed that we take the pie to go. Here is my cherry pie that I enjoyed for breakfast the next morning.
With full stomachs and a trunk filled with shopping bags, we headed back home again. Sorry it took me nine days to post all this about a trip where we spent only nine hours in Shipshewana. I hope this gives you a little taste of what our typical shop til you drop trip to Amish Indiana is like!