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Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern

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I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
+1 507-373-4600
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: The Viking themed atmosphere and aroma of the Iron Skillet Restaurant &...
The Viking themed atmosphere and aroma of the Iron Skillet Restaurant & Skol Tavern will amaze the whole family! Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Full menu, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Variety of meats cooked on the areas only wood fire rotisserie. Located at Exit 11 on I-35 in in Trail's Travel Center, Albert Lea, MN.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and service

Met with friends for dinner and enjoyed the buffet. I found a good selection of tasty food, the restaurant appeared to be clean and our wait person served us well. I travel through this area once or twice annually and will stop here again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2015
Tom W
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Cary, Illinois
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Cary, Illinois
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66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Met with friends for dinner and enjoyed the buffet. I found a good selection of tasty food, the restaurant appeared to be clean and our wait person served us well. I travel through this area once or twice annually and will stop here again.

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Rushville, Illinois
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341 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Stopped here while on a 2 month road trip. Decent variety of food with quick service and a clean facility. Good salad bar. Glad we stopped here rather than a fast food joint.

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Thank papawildcat
Kentwood, Michigan
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120 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Stopped in to get something to eat very early in the AM so nothing else was open. Omelette was good and the price was ok too. Fast service. Would stop again.

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Thank Gluehuffer
Shawnee, Oklahoma
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The food was good and plenty of it. The tea, on the other hand, tasted funny to me. I wouldn't order it again. I did like the fact that the restaurant was in the same facility with the convenience store and gas station. Makes it very handy to fill up with gas, eat and get necessities. I would stop here... More 

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Thank Dala G
Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

great choice for a good solid meal in a hurry. service was friendly and accommodating. the place is attached to a gift shop and tavern so it's one stop shopping. the buffet at $10.99, is a "can't go wrong" deal with two soup choices, plenty of fresh salad choices and great fried chicken and ribs slow cooked over a wood... More 

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Houston, Minnesota
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Tried this place out several times, always the same. Food is mediocre at best and the service is very, very slow. If you are traveling plan an extra day on the road if you are going to eat here.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a Truck Stop! I've eaten at a lot of truck stops, and I've never found one with a restaurant as good, or frankly, as reasonable, as this one. Now, of course, "reasonable", is in the eye of the payer, but considering the good quality of the food we had, I thought it was very decently priced. I had... More 

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Thank Steve P P
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It was slow service, once the waitress made it to our table the wait was even longer due to her forgetting to submit our order. she never checked in with us unless we waved her over and the worst part was---they weren't even busy!!! the ladies were too busy talking to each other to serve us, and the food was... More 

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Cathy P, Manager at Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments! We appreciate hearing how we can better serve our customers and would love the opportunity to visit with you about your experience. We usually receive high compliments in the restaurant and sincerely apologize if we fell short from deserving one from you during your visit. We have sent a message to your Trip Advisor account... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We waited at least 30 minutes for our breakfast orders. Worst toast I've ever had. More like lightly grilled Wonder Bread than toast. Dry steak. Barely warm eggs. Great condiments, though--pink Himalayan salt grinder in the wire basket. Friendly waitress. It's got to be a tough job knowing your customers are going to be disgruntled at best when they are... More 

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

We have visited this place before and had a great burger. Met family prior to family returning to Boston on this visit . We all ordered breakfast and were very disappointed in the value,amount, and the taste. We ordered omelets and they were cold and tasted like plastic fake eggs and cheese as did the sides that came with them.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Albert Lea
  • Phone Number: +1 507-373-4600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 14
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The Viking themed atmosphere and aroma of the Iron Skillet Restaurant & Skol Tavern will amaze the whole family! Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Full menu, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Variety of meats cooked on the areas only wood fire rotisserie. Located at Exit 11 on I-35 in in Trail's Travel Center, Albert Lea, MN.

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