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Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern

I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
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Ranked #23 of 45 Restaurants in Albert Lea
Price range: $5 - $14
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Dining options: Buffet
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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English first
Albert Lea, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
70 reviews 70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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319 reviews 319 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 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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183 reviews 183 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
65 helpful votes 65 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Was here last night on business.Of 7 people,4 had the all you could eat buffet,which they all enjoyed.1 had breakfast,one had a burger & fries,& I had the plate of nachos.We all thought our meals were very good.Our waitress was friendly & kept our beverage full.Great place for the locals,as well worth the stop in if traveling through the area.

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Albert Lea, MN, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been regular customers at Trail's Travel Center restaurant for over 10 years. The food is very good but as part of the Iron Skillet the menu has changed and is more limited and maybe not quite as heart healthy. The service is excellent. One ongoing problem in this and many restaurants is people talking loudly on their cell... More

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Additional Information about Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern

Address: I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
Phone Number: 507-373-4600
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Albert Lea
Average Prices: USD 5 - 14
Cuisine: American, Bar

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