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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)
507-373-4600
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Ranked #14 of 45 restaurants in Albert Lea
Price range: $5 - $14
Cuisines: American, Bar
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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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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Groveland, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Ontario
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Iowa
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201 reviews 201 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Stopped for lunch on the way back home from Northern Minnesota. I love the fresh wood burning as you walk into the viking themed restaurant. Service was incredibly nice and very attentive. I ordered the biscuits and gravy with scramble around noon and the gravy was incredibly fresh. While not the healthiest of all meals it was delightfully fresh and... More

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calgary canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Came in for dinner after a long drive. The restaurant was clean and busy. I sat at the counter and it is in the professional drivers section and their policy is no alcohol served in this area. Don't sit there if you want a Beer. Service prompt considering it was supper hour. Has the Buffet with the Seafood as it... More

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Viroqua
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Great food for a great price. The waitress did an excellent job. Convenient location next to the hotel

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North Bend, Oregon
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

it's shares a parking lot and sidewalks, so you can just walk over which was great after a long day on the road. there was a big buffet which seemed to be quite popular and it looked good. we didn't want to eat that much though, so we ordered off the (large) menu - i had nachos - exactly what... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

I had a few imported beers here before savoring a sirloin steak with veggies and fries. The beer selection was adequate yet could've been a few degrees cooler. The steak was quite tasty for truck stop fair. Nothing exceptional but these thinner cuts never are. I've eaten here a few times before and the food is always good. Nice decor.

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