23 responses to Head-Scratching Business Signs, Lancaster County
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    City Slicker
    Comment on Here's your sign... (August 2nd, 2013 at 05:45)

    Here's your sign...

    Erik, you’re probably correct about unfortunate placement concerning that second sign.

    As to the first, it depends on the definition of “grilled”.

    We can’t know how — or even if — Rachel might have transgressed that she merited such an extreme punishment.

    However, if she was grilled for information about the Amish, all the inquisitors need have done was subscribe to “Amish America” to get almost all their answers!

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    Comment on Signs, signs, everywhere a sign... (August 2nd, 2013 at 05:55)

    Signs, signs, everywhere a sign...

    Well, at the second location, at least they provide customers with options, they don’t necessarily have to buy beer to go with their ice, they can have a nice soda, that would appeal to the tea totters among the Amish and English alike.

    As for Rachel, I’d rather she be grilled than face the Ban outright..

    • Here are the website and FB page for Driving Essentials, which is located in New Holland…I’ve never been to this business, looks like the deal in the more fancy end of the carriage market:



      I’d imagine they get their fair share of comments from customers on the signs.

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    Andrea green
    Comment on Head-Scratching Business Signs, Lancaster County (August 2nd, 2013 at 06:07)

    Love the first sign, but poor Rachel what she done wrong !! But the second sign, i must be to slow? I don’t get !!! But i like it anyway Ed. 🙂

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    Randy Adams
    Comment on Rachel Grilling (August 2nd, 2013 at 06:25)

    Rachel Grilling

    Sounds like Rachael is in trouble with the local Bishop. (Maybe she appeared on one of those Amish Reality TV programs?)

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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Just some thoughts (August 2nd, 2013 at 07:13)

    Just some thoughts

    Thinking about the first sign, a grilled Rachel is a Reuben sandwich that is made with turkey and cole slaw or sauerkraut instead of pastrami and sauerkraut. They are quite tasty. In terms of the second sign, as they say, “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” even if it’s in New Holland…..!!


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      City Slicker
      Comment on "Rachel" sandwich (August 2nd, 2013 at 08:42)

      "Rachel" sandwich

      Turkey instead of pastrami?!?!?

      Each to their own tastes, but that’s just plain blasphemy!

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      Comment on Reuben & Rachel (August 2nd, 2013 at 11:17)

      Reuben & Rachel

      After seeing this photo I did a little Googling and found there is such a thing as a Grilled Rachel sandwich. I’d assume Rachel has not achieved the fame of her cousin Reuben since I’d never heard of her before.

      However that also made me realize that I’d never thought the Reuben sandwich name to be referring to the male name…I just thought it was a…sandwich name? But there are a couple of possible origin stories tracing back to fellows named Reuben:


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    Comment on Poor Rachel (August 2nd, 2013 at 07:40)

    Poor Rachel

    Glad I don’t have internet service at the barn. If my Rachel mare were to read that sign in the photo I think she would be quite, quite disturbed. She IS kind of a stinker and my wife HAS threatened to “skin” her on more than one occasion; most recently in June when I was trimming Rachel’s hooves and she jumped to try to get away from me. She landed right on top of my wife’s right foot and she just stood with her big clod hopper hoof on top of Donnas’ foot until I made her back off.

    She weighs about 1,650 pounds. Rachel that is, not my wife … she weighs considerable less! After she could walk again she was about ready to skin Rachel over any little infraction. We have never discussed actually GRILLING her though. I think we will pass.

    BTW: The day Rachel managed to pull this little stunt was the first day of my wife’s retirement. She was not amused.

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    Comment on Head-Scratching Business Signs, Lancaster County (August 2nd, 2013 at 09:56)

    Ever tried a GRILLED RACHEL ? They are delicious…….

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      City Slicker
      Comment on Grilleed Rachel - delicious ... (August 3rd, 2013 at 14:21)

      Grilleed Rachel - delicious ...

      …especially with fava beans and a nice Chianti, Clarise?

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Grilled and Burgers (August 2nd, 2013 at 10:23)

    Grilled and Burgers

    Whether you chose Rachel or Elvis they are both on the hot seat:)

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Head-Scratching Business Signs, Lancaster County (August 2nd, 2013 at 12:07)

    I prefer a Monte Cristo, myself.

    The second photo: “BEER” after the “DRIVING ESSENTIALS” sign would seem to warrant an attorney’s sign below it that says “WE SPECIALIZE IN DUI DEFENSE”.

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Head-Scratching Business Signs, Lancaster County (August 2nd, 2013 at 14:08)

    I love Reuben’s so I have never tried a Rachel. I often see them both offered at various restaurants.

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    Comment on Head-Scratching Business Signs, Lancaster County (August 2nd, 2013 at 17:10)

    I am now waiting for my dinner to get ready, seriously now thanks to you guys I am hungry..

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    Comment on Reuben and Rachel (August 2nd, 2013 at 19:47)

    Reuben and Rachel

    “Reuben and Rachel” is the name of a very old folk song. Several verses. Women sing a verse which is answered by the men.

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    Comment on "We Still Sell Eggs" (August 3rd, 2013 at 08:17)

    "We Still Sell Eggs"

    My husband and I did not grow up on farms, so when our Amish egg lady posted this sign, we thought she was probably getting ready to go out of business. “No, no,” she assured us. She had to explain to us that her chickens were no longer laying as well and they were soon to go into the stewpot. A new flock was waiting in the wings, so to speak.

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    Comment on Slow on the Uptake (August 3rd, 2013 at 10:26)

    Slow on the Uptake

    Carol, I sang “Reuben, Reuben, I’ve been thinking…” as a kid. Until you mentioned the song, I didn’t “get” the sign, never made the connection. I’d like to say it’s never a “Duh” moment with me, but I’m starting to have them every day. 🙂

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      Comment on Reuben and Rachel (August 4th, 2013 at 09:14)

      Reuben and Rachel

      Reuben and Rachel lyrics


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