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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)
507-373-4600
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Dining options: Buffet
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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Buffet

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Kitchen SLOW--food lukewarm.

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
Wayfair44
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Good for:
  • Buffet
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

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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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast at 10am on a Saturday. Buffet was going to end at 11am. No waffle batter, no toast, no syrup, the biscuits were so hard I was afraid I would chip a tooth. This was by far the worst meal I have had at a resturant. Paid $27 for 2 adults and a 4 year old. We... More 

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

I want to thank you for your feedback, I am very sorry that you had a bad experience in our restaurant. I have taken your feedback and talked to all my staff, to make sure that this does not happen to anyone else. Once again I am very sorry about your experience, and very grateful for your feedback. I hope... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

dead flys floating in the butter with potatos at buffet so i didnt get the buffet. ordered the french dip but forgot the au ju sauce. bun was soggy, meat was cold, floors around buffet table full of stepped on food and tables were sticky. might of been a bad wed but no thanks.

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

I ordered breakfast, hot cake combo, which included eggs, bacon and sausage. The scrambled eggs were mushy and tasted like powdered eggs on the buffet. I asked for crispy bacon, one of the two pieces was half cooked and mostly fat. I would have sent it back, but service was not efficient. On positive note, the hot cakes were hot... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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371 reviews 371 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were staying next door at the Comfort Inn, so this place worked well for us. Viking decor. Our waitress was great, and we were satisfied with our food. Menu sort of like a Denny's -- bit of everything / and they also have a salad bar.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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116 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had driven over 400 miles and stopped at the Comfort Inn in albert Lea, MN. There was a restaurant next store that we could walk to. It looked like a nice place to eat. You could order the buffet or off the menu. We ordered off the menu and could make a trip to the soup and salad bar.... 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 

Groveland, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was right across the street from our hotel and they had a nice variety of food including several kinds of fish on the buffet. We really enjoyed the uniqueness of the plates they used. We also enjoyed the attached gas station/ convenient store. They had about anything a person would want from shirts to meat. If someone needed a... More 

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New Brunswick, Canada
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114 reviews 114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Walked in after a two hour drive & excited after having read some of the comments here only to be disappointed by; A staff member that couldn't care less about our question of what the process was? Old, dried-up buffet items and Aluminum plates, skillets, pans,...??? Doesn't anyone care about Alzheimer's around here? Perhaps they have a lot to forget!... More 

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Mukwonago, WI
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were basically "passing through" and this was next to our hotel. So it was VERY convenient and it was nice that it was attached to a gas station super store where they had everything from a soda to local area gifts. Service was fast and efficient and more importantly friendly. Buffet had a very nice variety. The separate bar... 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: 507-373-4600

Price and Cuisine

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

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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