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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 #16 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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English first
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61 reviews 61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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254 reviews 254 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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200 reviews 200 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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